The Dam Busters

TitleThe Dam Busters
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1955
AuthorsAnderson, Michael
Running Time105 min
Date Released7/16/1995
DistributorAssociated British Picture Corporation (ABPC)
CountryUK
MediumFilm
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

A British World War 2 film which recreates the true story of Operation Chastise in 1943 wherein the RAF's 617 Squadron attacked three important dams in Germany with newly invented "bouncing bombs," which skidded across the water, avoiding obstacles, and detonated on command. This was an important component in the Allied strategy of attacking German industrial capacity in the mid-to-late war effort. The film was acclaimed by popular audiences and critics alike, the theme song became a symbol of British nationalism and military pride, and the cinematography and plot have inspired homages in Star Wars among other films.

 

Cast

Richard Todd

Michael Redgrave

Ursula Jeans

Basil Sydney

Patrick Barr

Ernest Clark

Derek Farr

Charles Carson

Stanley Van Beers

Colin Tapley

Patrick McGoohan

 

Credits

Erwin Hillier: Director of Photography; R.C. Sherriff: Screenwriter; Paul Brickhill: Author of Source Book (Enemy Coast Ahead); ​Robert Clark: Producer; W.A. Whittaker: Producer; Richard Best: Editor; Louis Levy: Music; Leighton Lucas: Additional Music; Eric Coates: Additional Music; John Street: Assistant Director; Gilbert Taylor: Special Effects; Robert Early Jones: Production Design; Warner Brothers Pictures Distribution: Theatrical Distributor.

Genre

Drama, History, War

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