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TitleReach for the Sky (1956)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityAmputee
CountryUK
Length135
GenreWar
Rating3
DirectorLewis Gilbert
CastKenneth More Muriel Pavlow Lyndon Brook
NotesB/W. 'Brave' tale of Douglas Bader who lost both legs in an air accident in 1931. He learned to walk on artificial legs and flew in WWII. Lots of stiff upper lip and laughing in adversity. Not a great film but his example was an inspiration for others, apparently. The film starts with Bader's first day in the RAF. From the beginning he's good at the practical, flying and sport and arrogant with it. The trainee pilots are warned not to do any low-level acrobatics, 2 pilots have already been killed that month. But Bader has to show off and he crashes. He survives but his right leg is amputated and then his left leg is also amputated below the knee. With British doggedness and a positive approach which would put any American TV disease of week film to shame he 'gets back in the saddle' and flies in WWII. He was shot down over France and ended the war in a P.O.W. camp.

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