The true story of airman Douglas Bader who overcame the loss of both legs in a 1931 flying accident to become a successful fighter pilot and wing leader during World War II.
‘The channels are blocked? Then we’ll ruddy well UNblock ’em!’ This is the point in the film where I feel like cheering, as it perfectly sums up Bader’s ‘can do, will do’ approach. It’s the true story of Douglas Bader, a young flying enthusiast who went on to be a fearless WW2 Spitfire pilot, losing both legs in the process. His struggle to walk again, his courting of a pretty girl and his later formation of ‘the big wing’ in the fight against the Nazi invasion are laid out here with gusto, verve, and a little humor. Kenneth More is excellent as Bader, using his natural, relaxed acting technique to give the part free-wheeling energy. The very pretty Muriel Pavlow plays his wife who grows increasingly concerned at his derring-do, and there is a solid cast of British regulars of the time. The music is stirring, the direction brisk and the story itself is straight out of a Boys’ Own comic. What more could you ask for? A perfect Sunday afternoon film.
A Compelling and Inspiring film…
I would heartily recommend Reach for the Sky to anyone in need of inspiring, or anything of that sort- there is an old saying that goes; “What one man has done, another can do!” I think that very much applies to RFTS!
The acting in this was superb, Kenneth More, and the gorgeous Muriel Pavlow looking surprisingly similar to the real Douglas & Thelma Bader- and Lyndon Brook giving an excellent performance as Johnny Sanderson.
Reach for the Sky is an awesome film, and full of action, and anticipation- to tell the truth, I was shaking with anticipation the first time I saw it- I think- or maybe it was the 2nd or 3rd time- can’t remember, but Lyndon Brook, my favourite actor was causing me a bit of heart throb to!!
Do see it!