Reach for the Sky

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Director(s): Lewis Gilbert
Production: VCI Entertainment
  Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 nominations.
123 min

- Yessir?

Was that you I saw falling out of a roll?

Yessir. Actually, I didn't fall out,

I came out lower down.

They are different from the Gamecocks.

Don't do it without plenty of height.

All of you, no low aerobatics.

- All right if you know your stuff.

- Two pilots were killed last month.

- They knew their stuff.

- They were unlucky.

Since the air display,

you're the worst offender.

Better pilots than you have died.

Surely we don't have to obey

all the regulations.

Rules are written

for the obedience of fools...

...and the guidance of wise men.

- Yessir.

Douglas, a good pilot shouldn't

have to prove it all the time.

I understand, sir.

- See you at the mess dance tonight?

- You bet, sir.

# "Love Is The Sweetest Thing"

- You're always in a hurry.

- When was I hurrying?

- Playing rugby for the Harlequins.

- Are you a fan?

You are quite a celebrity.

- What are you up to on Monday?

- Making love to Sally, I hope!

- Care to join Reading Aero Club?

- Yep, count me in.

- Where do you live, Sally?

- About 40 miles away.

- I'll run you home. Let's go.

- What about Johnny?

- Besides, there's Hilda.

- Look.

- I'll get my coat.

- Come on, let's go.

I'll wait here for you.

- And very nice, too.

- Hello, sir.

- Enjoying yourself?

- Rather!

I did mean what I said this afternoon.

About showing off? I deserved it.

It's dangerous to be too sure of yourself.

Just watch it.

- I will, sir.

- Goodnight, Douglas. Behave yourself.

What does he mean, behave yourself?

He's talking about Monday, not tonight!

Must be some Service boys here.

- That's the RAF's standard fighter.

- Terrifically fast.

- Hello, Jones. Just come in?

- Yes, from Heston.

Have you met these RAF chaps?

- Saw your Bulldog.

- I saw you play for Inter-Services.

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Lewis Gilbert

Lewis Gilbert (6 March 1920 – 23 February 2018) was a British film director, producer and screenwriter, who directed more than 40 films during six decades; among them such varied titles as Reach for the Sky (1956), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), Alfie (1966), Educating Rita (1983) and Shirley Valentine (1989), as well as three James Bond films: You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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