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Bomber Harris (1989)

The history of one of the key commanders of WW2, the head of RAF Bomber Command, Air Chief Marshall Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris.

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Michael Darlow

Writer:

Don Shaw
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Thaw ... Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris
Robert Hardy ... Winston Churchill
Frederick Treves ... Sir Charles Portal
Bernard Kay ... A.M. Sir Robert Saundby
Sophie Thompson ... Jillie Harris
Richard Heffer ... Group Capt Davidson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Brown ... Lord Beaverbrook
Ronald Fletcher Ronald Fletcher ... BBC Newsreader
David Healy ... Lt. Gen. Ira Eaker USAAF
William Kerwin ... Fred Walsh
Roger Llewellyn Roger Llewellyn ... Rev. John Collins
John Nettleton ... Wing Commander Harry Weldon
David Quilter David Quilter ... Principal Medical Officer
Roy Spencer Roy Spencer ... Magnus Spence
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The WW2 life and history of Air Chief Marshall Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris, Commander in Chief of RAF Bomber Command. He took Bomber Command from a minor, under-manned, badly equipped, low-priority unit to one of the most potent forces of the war. This all while struggling against superiors who had different priorities and against misguided agitators who had misgivings on how the war was being conducted. Written by grantss

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1989 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This drama was broadcast on 3 September 1989, the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. See more »

Quotes

Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris: [Harris advocates the concentration of bombing attacks on major German cities, starting with Berlin] War is a battle between heavyweights. The winner is the one that clobbers hardest, with the maximum effort, in the minimum time. *That means Berlin*!
Sir Charles Portal: I'll say this Bert: If "single-mindedness" was a virtue, *you'd* be *canonized*!
Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris: [amused] "Saint Bert"? No, *you* be "Saint Peter". It's only *The Devil* that wins wars.
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Not just biographically interesting but a wonderful drama in all areas
8 July 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

With the talent involved, I just knew Bomber Harris would be a treat and it did not disappoint. Production values-wise, some may not find it the most appealing with its confined theatre sets-like look, personally it wasn't a problem at all- they are admirably accurate and evoke the period very well, the way it's photographed at least shows someone with skill- as here it's not the production values that are most important but the story and Bomber Harris himself. Both of which are done wonderfully in this drama. The music cleverly uses music of the WWII period which gives it an evocative and nostalgic approach, likewise with the hauntingly melancholic Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, matching equally the harrowing images seen on screen, seen with the use of footage of bombing raids. Bomber Harris is brilliantly written, the script is filled with lines that are thought-provoking and inspiring, Harris being shown with his qualities and his faults with no extremities. The story is compelling throughout and will suit anybody regardless of how much or how little you know of the man, it is really interesting for those new to the subject and want to know more and people already familiar with it will admire how Bomber Harris never tries to be one-sided or open-or-shut. Harris was a very controversial person(which I think was a potential problem for the story, sometimes the more controversial the person or subject the film or drama is on the more difficult they would be to portray without insulting), and Bomber Harris shows that clearly through not making him either a good or bad person. Not just that but instead of outright saying that he was good or bad Bomber Harris leaves it to the viewer to decide, which aside from how the story was executed was what made the drama as interesting as it was. The direction keeps things running smoothly, and the supporting cast are great particularly Robert Hardy who plays Churchill as if born to play him. But aside from the quality of the writing and storytelling, the best thing about Bomber Harris is the lead performance of John Thaw, Thaw was one of Britain's greatest actors in my view who was never less than good(again opinion) and judging from his mesmerising performance here this has to be one of his best performances. All in all, wonderfully done in all areas. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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