Apologies to the makers of Saving Private Ryan, Das Boot, Cross of Iron and countless other great war films but this one is for the Brits only. Stiff upper lips, gritty realism and tally ho’s all round.
One of the most popular British war films of all time, THE DAM BUSTERS tells the true story of one of the most daring and brilliant raids of World War II. With the campaign for Europe in the balance, Dr. Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) comes up with an ingenious design for a bouncing bomb which could be used to target the great dams in Germany’s Ruhr valley. Wing Commander Guy Gibson (Richard Todd) leads the specially-convened squadron on a mission that would become symbolic for the Allies eventual victory over Germany.
Some classic quotes and the immortal Dambusters March music, beloved of England football fans everywhere.
The best quotes are;
Official, Ministry of Aircraft Production: You say you need a Wellington Bomber for test drops. They’re worth their weight in gold. Do you really think the authorities will lend you one? What possible argument could I put forward to get you a Wellington?
Barnes Wallace: Well, if you told them I designed it, do you think that might help?
Barnes Wallace: You know, there’s such a very thin dividing line between “inspiration” and “obsession”, that sometimes it’s very hard to decide *which* side we’re really *on*!
Gibson: [as his aircraft nears it's bombing target] Get ready to pull me out of the seat if I get hit!
It also spawned a number of commercials, the best one being for Carling Black Label