The Dam Busters (1955)

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The story of how the British attacked German dams in World War II by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.




  • Charles Carson in The Dam Busters (1955)
  • Richard Todd in The Dam Busters (1955)
  • Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd at an event for The Dam Busters (1955)
  • The Dam Busters (1955)
  • Richard Todd in The Dam Busters (1955)
  • Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd in The Dam Busters (1955)

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Paul Brickhill (book), Guy Gibson (based on Wing Comdr. Gibson's own account in "Enemy Coast Ahead"), R.C. Sherriff (screenplay)

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20 March 1999 | SteveS-3
Inspired Star Wars sequence, despite the dog's name.
It appears that the attack sequences in The Dam Busters were the direct inspiration for the attack on the Death Star in the first Star Wars film. Some of the dialogue is word-for-word, and it is very interesting to watch these two films back to back.

Also, in the original edit of the film, the dog's name (a black labrador) was a historically accurate but socially unacceptable "Nigger". One edit changed the spoken word to "Trigger," while another release cut all scenes with the offending word. This was unfortunate, because parts of the plot became unintelligible -- the dog's name was one of the code-words used during the attack.

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