#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – The British are desperate to shorten the length of WW2 and propose a daring raid to smash Germany’s industrial heart. At first the objective looks impossible until a British scientist invents an ingenious weapon capable of destroying the planned target.
Plot: The story of the conception of a new British weapon for smashing the German dams in the Ruhr industrial complex and the execution of the raid by 617 Squadron ‘The Dam Busters’.
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“I Might Almost Say Fantastic!”
In the spring of 1942, the English design engineer, Barnes Wallis, is working on a revolutionary new bomb, capable of breaching Germany’s hydro-electric dams. This film, with its unforgettable “Dam Busters March” by Eric Coates, recounts the story of the development of the bomb and the devising of special tactics for attacking Germany’s industrial heartland. It is also a tribute to the genius of Wallis and the courage and skill of the men who made the concept work.
The great dams of western Germany, harnessing the energy of the rivers Moehne, Eder and Sorbe, were an important power source for the Nazi war effort. If the dams could be breached, then the loss of electrical energy and the collateral flooding would, it was hoped, cripple German industry and shorten the war.
As the film opens, Wallis is pondering the one central problem associated with bombing a dam. Any explosion in the water (and direct hits on the dam wall are too much to expect) is cushioned by the fluidity, and no structural damage results.
We see Wallis eagerly experimenting in his back yard, surrounded and assisted by his adoring children. His brilliant idea is this – if a bomb can be delivered at the correct shallow trajectory and the right high speed, it will ‘skip’ along the lake’s surface like a pebble on a pond, strike the dam and slide down the wall. A depth-sensitive trigger could then detonate the bomb where it would do maximum damage.
The idea is a daring and imaginative one, and predictably enough, the various government departments are slow to see its merit. Wallis spends many disheartening hours waiting to speak to unsympathetic civil servants. In a lovely piece of ironic humour, a Whitehall mandarin points out to Wallis the difficulties inherent in obtaining a Wellington bomber for tests, and Wallis quietly suggests that his own role as the creator of the Wellington might be of some assistance.
Wallis is constantly being told that resources are scarce, that the communal effort requires sacrifices, and so forth. There is, he is told, “a very thin dividing line between inspiration and obsession”. However, the eccentric genius persists, and eventually Churchill gets to hear of the idea. From that moment on, the project gathers momentum. ‘Bomber’ Harris, the chief of Britain’s Bomber Command, sets up trials. The ‘bouncing bomb’ is at last a reality.
Major disappointments accompany the trials. The casing of the bomb has to be drastically re-designed, and it transpires that the aircraft will need to approach the dam considerably lower and faster than had been envisaged. The RAF’s standard altimeters are useless at heights of 50 feet, and the resulting danger to crews of flying blind at almost zero altitude are unacceptable.
At this point, Commander Guy Gibson, the pilot who will lead the raid, has his own flash of inspiration. The spotlights in a variety theatre give him the idea of two converging light beams, shining downwards from aircraft to water, which will fix the plane’s altitude precisely. If this all sounds a little ‘Heath Robinson’, it is nothing compared to the viewing gadget which is cobbled together to enable crews to align on the twin towers of the dam.
The climax of the film, the actual attack on the German dams, is rather a disappointment. Anti-aircraft tracer coming up from the German defenders is superimposed on the photographic matrix in the most amateurish of ways. The sound of the ground batteries is unrealistic, staying at a constant pitch and volume however the aircraft manoeuvre. The explosions are the poorest efforts of all, being no more than scraps of film and drawings, patched unconvincingly onto shots of a model dam.
Michael Redgrave does a commendable job of ‘creating’ Barnes Wallis for the screen, quintessentially English and understated, with his runner beans and his cricket jokes. The man’s boyish enthusiasm comes across. In this respect the bathtub in the yard, the setting for his primitive experiments, serves two cinematic purposes, showing us the simple, unprepossessing genius of the English people, and explaining in visual terms exactly how the bomb will work.
Good use is made of genuine Air Ministry film of the bouncing bomb tests. If the ultimate effect on Germany’s war capacity is exaggerated, this can be forgiven.
Richard Todd is terrific as Gibson, the tough little leader of the mission, the emotional man who is able through intense self-discipline to keep his feelings in check and do his duty. The powerful ending is almost too much to take, with the empty seats in the officers’ mess, and Todd striding off in stiff-upper-lip fashion to ‘write a few letters’. No English heart can fail to be stirred by that marvellous theme tune.
A very different war movie
Dam Busters tells the (mostly) true story of the men who developed and delivered the bouncing bomb used against German dams to cripple their industrial output.
I’ve seen my share of WWII films, and while this one has many of the standard features, it has one thing that makes it unique: it shows the critical importance played by the engineers in this — as in any — war effort. I guess being an engineer myself, I found the character of Barnes Wallis (the developer of the unique bomb) particularly endearing: his single-minded pursuit of an idea, his refusal to accept defeat, the tension and anxiety while watching trials go bad one after another. I’ve been through all that but not during a shooting war, so I can only imagine how much of a pressure cooker he was in.
OK, nerds aside, the rest of the cast is also splendidly real and believable. The effects are, well, let’s face it, this was 1954 and it looks worse than a Godzilla movie, but somehow that doesn’t detract from the impact of the movie. You still get that tense seat-of-the-pants feeling as the Lancasters fly straight into the gauntlet of machine gun fire, just praying they won’t get hit and be able to deliver their payload.
Just the footage of the flying Lancasters alone is enough reason to watch, if you are into WWII aircraft. There seem to be 5 or 6 in use during the shooting, and their appearance (even on the small TV screen) is impressive. One can only imagine what it would have been like on the big screen.
Another fine touch is the final denouement: mission accomplished, but there is no crowing or high-fiving, just the sober realization that 56 men did not return from the raid. The victors are tired, weary, simply sink into their beds for sleep. To me this seems like a much more realistic ending than the back-slapping good cheer that a typical (shallower) movie would have ended with.
It’s long, maybe could have been trimmed here and there, but not without losing the effect of what it’s like to be down at the base, waiting for news, no way to communicate except to just wait. Or the pilots training and training for a mission whose objective they don’t know. It’s a bit demanding of the viewer, as there seems to be not quite enough tension to spread over the 2+ hour running time.
Overall, 7 out of 10 for a truly classic wartime film.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 4 min (124 min), 1 hr 45 min (105 min) (USA)
Genre Drama, History, War
Director Michael Anderson
Writer Paul Brickhill (book), Guy Gibson (based on Wing Comdr. Gibson’s own account in “Enemy Coast Ahead”), R.C. Sherriff (screenplay)
Actors Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations.
Production Company Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC)
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1 (negative ratio), 1.75 : 1 (intended ratio)
Film Length 3,422.9 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm