Reach for the Sky

Reach for the Sky (1956)

  • Genre: War, Drama
  • Release Date: 1956-07-05
  • User Rating: 6.7/10 from 33 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 15min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: The Rank Organisation
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Director: Lewis Gilbert
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From 33 Ratings


The true story of airman Douglas Bader who overcame the loss of both legs in a 1931 flying accident to become a successful fighter pilot and wing leader during World War II.

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  • Kenneth More

    as Douglas Bader
  • Muriel Pavlow

    as Thelma Bader
  • Lyndon Brook

    as Johnny Sanderson
  • Lee Patterson

    as Turner
  • Alexander Knox

    as Mr. Joyce
  • Dorothy Alison

    as Nurse Brace
  • Michael Warre

    as Harry Day
  • Sydney Tafler

    as Robert Desoutter
  • Howard Marion-Crawford

    as 'Woody' Woodhall
  • Jack Watling

    as Peel
  • Walter Hudd

    as Air Vice-Marshal Halahan
  • Ernest Clark

    as Wing Commander Beiseigel
  • Nigel Green

    as Streatfeild
  • Anne Leon

    as Sister Thornhill
  • Charles Carson

    as Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding
  • Ronald Adam

    as Air Vice-Marshal Leigh-Mallory
  • Basil Appleby

    as Crowley-Milling
  • Philip Stainton

    as Police Constable
  • Eddie Byrne

    as Flight Sergeant Mills
  • Beverley Brooks

    as Sally
  • Michael Ripper

    as Warrant Officer West
  • Derek Blomfield

    as Civilian Pilot
  • Avice Landone

    as Douglas Bader's Mother
  • Eric Pohlmann

    as Adjutant of Prison Camp
  • Michael Gough

    as Flying Instructor Pearson
  • Harry Locke

    as Bates
  • Sam Kydd

    as Warrant Officer Blake
  • Peter Byrne

    as Civilian Pilot Witnessing Bader's Crash
  • Basil Dignam

    as Air Ministry Doctor
  • Anton Diffring

    as German Stabsfeldwebel
  • Trevor Bannister

    as Man Listening to Radio
  • Patrick Westwood

    as RAF Corporal
  • Barry Letts

    as Tommy
Directing Lewis Gilbert Director
Production Daniel M. Angel Producer
Camera Jack Asher Director of Photography
Sound John Addison Music
Writing Lewis Gilbert Screenplay
Costume & Make-Up Pearl Orton Hairdresser
Crew Bert Marshall Special Effects
Editing John Shirley Editor
Sound Gordon K. McCallum Sound Recordist
Camera Harry Gillam Camera Operator
Sound Arthur Ridout Sound Editor
Art Bernard Robinson Art Direction
Directing Shirley Barnes Continuity
Production Hugh Attwooll Production Manager
Sound John W. Mitchell Sound Recordist
Crew Bryan Langley Special Effects
Costume & Make-Up Bob Lawrance Makeup Artist
Crew Bill Warrington Special Effects
Writing Paul Brickhill Book
Crew Vernon Harris Additional Writing
Sound Muir Mathieson Music Director
Crew Arthur Alcott Production Controller
Directing Basil Keys Assistant Director
Directing James Hill Second Unit Director
Costume & Make-Up Julie Harris Costume Design
Production Anthony Nelson Keys Associate Producer
Crew H.M.A. Day Technical Advisor