Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, War
Biopic of RAF Group Captain Douglas Bader who, after having lost both legs, flew a British fighter plane during WW2.
The nursing cap and badge worn by Anne Leon was loaned by the real life Matron Thornhill from Brompton Hospital. As portrayed in the film, the then Sister Thornhill nursed Bader in the critical weeks following his accident. Miss Thornhill visited the set during the filming of the hospital scenes, casting a critical eye over the hospital procedures.
You know my views about some regulations - they're written for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.
Bader: Yes sir - so you've said - frequently.
Harry Day: Douglas, a really good pilot doesn't have to prove it all the time, you know.
During a flying scene and close-up of Bader in the cockpit, the planes behind have been transposed, as the lettering is inverted (mirror image).
Originally released in Great Britain at 135 minutes; cut by 12 minutes before the American premiere.
English, French, German
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