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Reach for the Sky(1956)

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  • The story of an incredible man

    • Wayne Oswald
    • 12/17/13

    I was born at the end of World War 2. I saw this movie as young boy. Douglas Bader has has been a hero for me for my entire life. I have read the book "reach for the Sky" and seen the movie many times and hope to see it many more times. Douglas Bader is one of the greatest heros of World War 2 and in particular the Battle of Britain flying one of the greatest aircraft the world has known.

  • Reach for the Sky (1956)

    • IcytheLight
    • 1/21/12

    This is an excellent example of the excellent biographical and historical dramas British cinema produced during and following World War II, many featuring Kenneth More. This one shows a characteristic attention to character and relationships in developing these movies, which makes them richer than many produced in the U.S. that tended to be more action-centered with comparatively less exploration of the people immersed in the action -- with films like They Were Expendable and The Best Years of Our Lives among the notable exceptions. This film is based on the story of Douglas Bader, whose amazing life story provides an inspiring story of a man overcoming severe injuries in an air crash to rebuild his life, including a close romantic relationship and a return to flying in the RAF during World War II. Bader provides a great character and a next-to-unbelievable story of facing and overcoming extreme adversity.The one drawback is that TCM chose to screen a shorter 105 minute version rather than the full 135 minute version (or even the 123 minute less drastically shortened version). If you look through the reviews at IMDB.com, you will notice this movie has received much more attention and praise from viewers in the UK, who presumably saw the full version. Cutting too much of a biopic often creates the sense of someone hopping through events with less richly developed character and relationships. Consider what Lawrence of Arabia would be like with 28% of it missing. I would hope that TCM would screen the full version and that any home video edition would present the full uncut version. Presenting full and uncut versions is normally a TCM strong suit, the exception I've noticed being some British films and some foreign language films. You would hope they would make the extra effort to get the full version of Bristish films like this this one or The Way Ahead (which was presented in the truncated form of The Immortal Battalion.

  • Great Movie

    • Chris Johnson
    • 3/22/09

    Not just a war movie, but a wonderful depiction of mans' perseverance conquering adversity.As equally relevant today as when it was first released.Why this isn't available on DVD in North America is perplexing, as it has already been transferred to DVD in Europe.

  • A Wonderful movie

    • Ira Garvin
    • 3/15/07

    Reach for the Sky was not only very well done, but the acting was supurb and the overall story of Douglas Bader was very uplifting to all. It is an inspiring story of personal courage and conviction inspite of enormous odds.

  • One of the finest World War II movies ever made.

    • Kenneth D. Arfman
    • 3/5/07

    I think "Reach For The Sky" deserves to be reprinted on DVD as soon as possible. It shows you just what makes a hero a true hero. Douglas Bader was a man above all men. I have Paul Brickhill's book, but that's all. Please, either tape or DVD - where can I find it.

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