Reach for the Sky


Reach for the Sky

Infobox Film
name = Reach for the Sky


caption = "Reach for the Sky" DVD cover
director = Lewis Gilbert
producer = Daniel M. Angel
writer = Paul Brickhill
Lewis Gilbert
Vernon Harris
starring = Kenneth More
Muriel Pavlow
Lyndon Brook
Lee Patterson
Alexander Knox
music = John Addison
cinematography = Jack Asher
editing =
distributor = Rank
released = flagicon|UK 10 July 1956 (London)
flagicon|USA 30 April, 1957 (NYC)
runtime = 136 Minutes
language =
budget =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
imdb_id = 0049665

"Reach for the Sky" is a 1956 biopic of aviator Douglas Bader, based on the biography of the same name by Paul Brickhill. The film stars Kenneth More and was directed by Lewis Gilbert. It won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film of 1956.

Plot

The film tells the story of Douglas Bader, a pilot who lost both legs in a flying accident in 1931. He persuaded the RAF to let him re-join the service at the start of the Second World War and fought in the Battle of Britain. He was taken prisoner in 1941 after being forced to bail out over France, and was later imprisoned in Colditz Castle. The film continues to his release in 1945 when Bader is again able to lead his men in a flypast commemorating the war's end.

Cast

As appearing in screen credits (main roles identified): A full cast and production crew list is too lengthy to include, see: IMDb profile. [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049665/fullcredits Reach for the Sky Full credits] ]

Production

In order to realistically depict the various Royal Air Force bases, principal filming took place in Surrey at RAF Kenley, and Bagshot. Studio work was completed at the Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK. Available wartime combat aircraft including Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire fighters were arranged to take on the aerial scenes.

Reception

The film fared well with the public, being the most popular film in the UK for 1956. When the film was released in North America, the American release version was slightly altered with 12 minutes edited out.

References

Notes

Bibliography

* Bader, Douglas. "Fight for the Sky: The Story of the Spitfire and Hurricane". Ipswich, Suffolk, UK: W.S. Cowell Ltd., 2004. ISBN 0-304-35674-3.
* Brickhill, Paul. "Reach for the Sky: The Story of Douglas Bader DSO, DFC". London: Odhams Press Ltd., 1954. ISBN 1-55750-222-6.
* Dolan, Edward F. Jr. "Hollywood Goes to War". London: Bison Books, 1985. ISBN 0-86124-229-7.
* Hardwick, Jack and Schnepf, Ed. "A Buff's Guide to Aviation Movies". "Air Progress Aviation" Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 1983.

External links

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