Decision Against Time (1957)

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The efforts of test pilot John Mitchell to make a better life for his wife Mary and their two children seem doomed to failure and he blames himself. At the Conway Aero-Manufacturing Company... See full summary »



  • Walter Fitzgerald and John Stratton in Decision Against Time (1957)
  • Jack Hawkins and Elizabeth Sellars in Decision Against Time (1957)
  • Jack Hawkins and Elizabeth Sellars in Decision Against Time (1957)
  • Victor Maddern in Decision Against Time (1957)
  • Donald Pleasence and Victor Maddern in Decision Against Time (1957)
  • Jack Hawkins in Decision Against Time (1957)

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5 February 2012 | howardmorley
| British Test Pilot Hero
I agree with all the user comments above and enjoyed this film immensely.It's amazing I have never seen it before, it certainly is not an any DVD I have seen.It kept my attention for the full 80 minutes and I did not mind the filming in B&W as it gave the film a stark reality, missing in many 21st century films with their CGI/Special effects.

Britain had developed quite a lead internationally in aero engine design in the mid-late 1950s, and the air industry's export earnings were vital to the country's economy to help repay the massive overhang of WWII debts not finally repaid until 1996.The film mentioned a sobering statistic one out of three test pilots lost their lives flying new aircraft being produced at this time.This is another Jack Hawkins Ealing film classic is his portrayal of captain Ericcson in "The Cruel Sea" (1952).Look out for John Stratton who also appeared in the latter film and who this time plays the number two test pilot.

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