Sound Barrier details
|Starring:||Ralph Richardson, Denholm Elliott, Ann Todd, Jack Allen, Nigel Patrick|
|Run time:||1 hour 51 minutes|
|Rental release:||11 Aug 2008|
Most helpful review
Great.By a customer from Sussex , 26 May 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]Saw this years ago and thought it pretty exciting. Didn't realise why it was so good - David Lean of course.
It is black and white and ' fwightfully ' British, but never the less it portrays an exciting time.
British Right StuffBy itstinks (703 reviews) from North of Reading , 23 Mar 2013A fictional account of a mans obsession of reaching mach 1 even if it causes casualties. David Lean does a sterling job with some good aerial photography and tension to go along with the human drama.
A Time CapsuleBy a customer , 10 Nov 2012I saw this film about 1953 as a young teenager, and was entranced by it. This was the Golden Age of British aeronautics, and the brilliant aerial sequences are very nostalgic,opening with a Spitfire,going on to an Avro Anson, a DH Vampire, the beautiful Comet (just listen to it firing up its engines!),a SM Attacker,and finally a SM Swift. The director,David Lean(!), captures the excitement of early jet-powered flight (again,listen to the soundtrack!).O. K, the film story (by Terence Rattigan) is very dated and full of cliches, but its not the humans who are the stars.(There's even a gorgeous,old Bentley).One for the old-timers !
Piece of cakeBy Oldbloke (350 reviews) from Sidmouth , 14 Oct 2011In the final days of the war, an RAF Officer marries the daughter of a wealthy aircraft manufacturer. As the jet age arrives, he becomes chief test pilot for his father-in-law, who is prepared to risk anything and anyone in his obsessive quest for supersonic flight. On the ground, a starchy predictable family drama with uninspiring lead performances, although Richardson is very good as the industrialist who ruthlessly pursues the next frontier. However, once in the air, this film produces some memorable sequences that must have been thrilling on release and retain some of their impact even today.
Wizard film!By chrisp666 (20 reviews) from Petworth , 11 Apr 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideAs an aviator myself, I ignored the huge no. of technical and historic errors in this film and enjoyed it enormously. I doubt it would appeal to a young audience, but other than that, if you like aeroplanes, and especially if you like David Lean as well, give it a go.
In the unlikely event that you want to have a go at breaking the sound barrier yourself, I strongly advise you not to 'reverse the controls'!
Sound BarrierBy a customer from Hebden Bridge , 18 Oct 2009This film gave the viewer a taste of the joy scientific discovery, together with its associated isolation.