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February 5, 2015

Movie review: Reach for the Sky (1956)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:06 pm
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The movie is the story of the life of Douglas Bader, an RAF pilot who lost his legs in a pre-war training accident and who then rejoined the RAF at the beginning of WWII and went on to become an ace and a squadron leader before being shot down and captured by the Germans.  He was a POW from 1942 to the end of the war.  This film won the British version of the Oscar, the BAFTA award.  It was also the highest grossing film at the time, beating out Gone With The Wind (1939).

All that said, it isn’t that great a movie. Aircraft fans and aircraft modelers will enjoy it just to see some of the old aircraft used in the movie.  (Even though they aren’t always historically accurate.)  The film also has no real ending, and the filmmakers even acknowledge this with a voice over at the end.  It is interesting that the filmmakers in 1956 were much more scrupulous about pointing out that they were taking liberties with the facts and consolidating/changing some of the characters involved.  I wish modern filmmakers were so ethical, instead of using the more modern “Based on a true story” phrasing.



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