Michael Anderson’s 1955 epic black & white war film is given a spectacular big screen restoration in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of one of WWII’s most iconic missions.
On the night of 16-17 May 1943, Wing Commander Guy Gibson led 617 Squadron of the Royal Air Force on an audacious bombing raid to destroy three dams in the Ruhr valley, the industrial heartland of Germany. The mission was codenamed Operation ‘Chastise'. The dams were fiercely protected against enemy aircraft. But 617 Squadron had a secret weapon: the 'bouncing bomb’.
On a box-office raid of his own, Anderson’s secret weapons were his leading gentlemen. Michael Redgrave’s vividly human portrayal of scientist Dr Barnes Wallis will continue to sell this story for generations, while Richard Todd was never better as Guy Gibson.
A powerful blend of scientific suspense and aerial action, accompanied by that marching soundtrack, The Dam Busters is very much a piece of its time, yet it remains one of the truly great war films and very well might be one of the finest flying pictures ever made? (Research Chris Coetsee)
Side bets are on the mischief of renaming Gibson’s faithful old black Labrador. Come and see.