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This movie has long been revered among those who understand the desperate situation of total war with Germany. It is a classic portrayal of the heroic events of May 1943 that lead to the destruction of two dams that provided the industrial Ruhr with it's vital water supply. Produced in 1954 in black and white it shows it's age in terms of some of it's production techniques. Historically it edits the facts somewhat, but it does not descend into hyperbole. It is a gripping yarn and represents this war time mission with a realistic atmosphere. The flying sequences are splendid, the acting solid, characterisations typical and never leaves the viewer wanting. To belittle the Dambusters raid and
this movie as "stiff upper lippery" or as a minor event is fatuous.
By User - AJ George from Sydney, Australia
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