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The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.
This is George Lucas' favourite movie. The attack on the Death Star in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) is very much like the attacks on the dams in this movie. Gilbert Taylor was responsible for the special effects in both movies, as Lucas hired him for that exact reason.
Hello "M for Mother" stand by to take over if anything happens.
Flight Lt. J.V. Hopgood, DFC: OK, Leader. Good luck!
In two shots of flights of three Lancasters taking off on the mission, each has a gap in the ventral fuselage where the bomb should be. Later shots of the bombers in flight have the weapon showing as a semicircular bulge in the same place - the silhouette of the bomb was presumably added in post-production, with the take-off sequence forgotten about.
The version released in the United States by Warner Bros. cuts aprox. 15 minutes, bringing the film's running time to 104 minutes. This version also changes the dog's name from 'Nigger' to 'Trigger,' but since the name is dubbed out, it's a very noticeable change. The uncut 119 minute version is available on DVD in the UK.
The Dam Busters
by Eric Coates
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