Does the film "The Dam Busters" belong in the Top 100? It is the true story of Operation Chastise - the attempted breaching of three Ruhr Valley dams during World War II. The Royal Air Force cooperated with the film, including providing Lancaster bombers. The movie is basically two parts: the development of the bombs by Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) and the training for and carrying out of the mission led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson (Richard Todd).
|Redgrave as Barnes Wallis|
|Todd as Guy Gibson|
|a Lancaster as a Dam Buster|
The movie had a great influence on the attack on the Death Star scene in the first Star Wars movie (episode IV). Even some of the dialogue was used. Speaking of which, Peter Jackson is apparently planning a remake. Why? Wasn't "King Kong" enough of a lesson in redundancy?
Does it crack the Top 100? I doubt it. It is historically accurate in the main points. It is pretty realistic for its time. It was a huge hit in England, helped by the thrilling opening theme. It glamorizes the RAF like "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" recruited for the U.S. Air Force. The two parts are both interesting and the raid itself is thrilling. However, it is definitely old school in its quaintness and Peter Jackson's version should be much better, although unnecessary.