Reach For The Sky

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  • NR
  • 1956
  • 2 hr 10 min
  • 7.2  (2,973)

"Reach for the Sky" is a 1956 British biographical film that tells the inspiring true story of Douglas Bader, a Royal Air Force pilot who lost both legs in an accident but went on to become one of the most successful and celebrated flying aces during World War II. The movie begins with Bader, played by Kenneth More, as a young man who dreams of flying planes. He joins the Royal Air Force and quickly proves himself to be an excellent pilot, but during an aerial stunt, his plane crashes and he loses both legs. His injuries are so severe that the RAF discharges him and he is sent to a hospital to recover. At the hospital, the doctors tell him that he will never fly again and should be content with just being able to walk. Bader is devastated but he refuses to accept defeat.

With the help of his family and friends, Bader learns to walk again with his new artificial legs. He then becomes determined to fly once more and eventually persuades the RAF to let him rejoin the service. Despite some skepticism from his fellow pilots, Bader proves himself once again to be an excellent aviator and is soon given his own squadron.

As the war intensifies, Bader becomes a legend in the RAF, shooting down German planes with an almost supernatural skill. However, his luck runs out one day when he is shot down over France and taken as a prisoner of war. Despite his captivity, Bader continues to inspire his fellow prisoners, refusing to let his disabilities hold him back.

The film is directed by Lewis Gilbert and features a strong supporting cast, including Muriel Pavlow as Bader's supportive wife Thelma and Lyndon Brook as his close friend and flying partner Johnny Weeks.

"Reach for the Sky" was a critical and commercial success, praised for its uplifting message about the power of determination and resilience in the face of adversity. The film also helped to make Kenneth More a household name and cemented his reputation as one of the finest actors of his generation.

Overall, "Reach for the Sky" is an inspiring and heart-warming film that celebrates the human spirit and the power of perseverance. It's a true testament to the courage and strength of one man who refused to let his disability define him and went on to become a true hero.

Reach For The Sky is a 1956 war movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 10 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

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    7.2  (2,973)