The Dam Busters


Review: Based on true events about the British who developed bouncing bombs in order to destroy six German dams in World War II.
Director: Michael Anderson
Actors: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney, Patrick Barr, Ernest Clark, Derek Farr, Charles Carson, Colin Tapley, Frederick Leister, Eric Messiter, Raymond Huntley, Hugh Manning and Hugh Moxey
Year: 1955
Genre: Action, Drama, History and War
Conclusion: 5/5
One of the best British movies about the Second World War. The one actor who I thought led the whole film was Richard Todd. One thing I was really surprised about was the fantastic musical soundtrack, not to mention the iconic score at the beginning by Eric Coates. Apparently, the bouncing bombs that were invented by Wallis were cylindrical – but couldn’t be shown in the film as the design was still secret, so round ones were used instead. After watching this it did make me think was the whole effort and project justifiable, considering the amount of civilians and aircrews that were killed, the amount of time, money and the resources expended on it? Barnes Wallis made a conscious effort never again to endanger the lives of his test pilots, following the terrible death toll of the aircrews. The most famous quote from this film is “I’ve got an idea for destroying the Ruhr Dams. The effects on Germany would be enormous” – Dr Barnes N Wallis. I happened to watch this film just shortly after watching Top Gun: Maverick (2022) and couldn’t believe the similarities between them.

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