The name Douglas Bader exemplifies courage in the face of adversity. Phil Jarman reviews the award-winning biographic film of the Battle of Britain hero, ‘Reach for the Sky’.

Following the loss of both legs in a flying accident in 1931, Douglas Bader became a courageous leader of men who fought in the skies during and after the Battle of Britain. The 1956 biographic film adheres closely to the book of the same name written by fellow aviator Paul Brickhill. The focus of this often moving film is the central character played by Kenneth More who at the time bore an uncanny resemblance to the wartime British fighter ace.

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