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Cinemas across the UK, Tuesday September 4.
(1955) Dr Barnes Wallis creates a revolutionary new bouncing bomb to destroy the Ruhr dams and flood Nazi Germany's industrial heartland. Wing Commander Guy Gibson and his 617 Squadron take on the task.
Full cast and credits on BFI Screenonline.
Adapted from Guy Gibson's own book Enemy Coast Ahead, Michael Anderson's docudrama captures the tension and bravery of this audacious raid on the centre of Nazi Germany's industrial complex, and the quintessentially English combination of inventiveness and dogged determination.
On paper "The Dam Busters" is exciting but the film works brilliantly in allowing the suspense to slowly build as the viewer invests their hopes and fears into this remarkable story. The reward is a slick conclusion that rattles along at a pace that would put many Hollywood blockbusters to shame.