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First Light (2010)

In May 1940 eighteen-year old Geoffrey Wellum joins the 92 squadron of the Royal Air Force and is taken to the pub,where pilots who have seen action sign their names on a blackboard. Next ... See full summary »

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Matthew Whiteman
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Complete credited cast:
Sam Heughan ... Geoffrey 'Boy' Wellum
Gary Lewis ... Mac
Ben Aldridge ... Brian Kingcombe
Alex Robertson Alex Robertson ... Tommy Lund
Paul Kynman ... Bevington
Paul Tinto ... Davy
Jordan Bernarde ... Trevor Wade
Alex Waldmann ... Drummond
Tuppence Middleton ... Grace
Richard Walsh ... Mr. Wellum
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Poole Martin Poole ... Homeguard
Geoffrey Wellum ... Self - Older 'Boy'
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In May 1940 eighteen-year old Geoffrey Wellum joins the 92 squadron of the Royal Air Force and is taken to the pub,where pilots who have seen action sign their names on a blackboard. Next day,with no flying experience,he is expected to pilot a Spitfire;he is nervous but exhilarated. Soon he is seeing action against the Luftwaffe,his sense of duty dispelling fear,and,having taken part in the Battle of Britain,is awarded a medal,though he never signs the blackboard. By 1941 he has flown fifty missions and feels invincible,though he sees friends die and in 1942 the stress causes him to have a breakdown. However he survives the war and,in the present,talks direct to camera,voicing his feelings about his service experiences. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Sam Heughan and Gary Lewis also start in hit Starz series Outlander together. Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis) is Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) Uncle. See more »

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Edited from Battle of Britain (1969) See more »

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Enjoyable - and a bit emotional
8 August 2013 | by tdcheckSee all my reviews

I have always had a thing for Spitfires. They are my all time favourite plane. I'm lucky enough to live quite near a small airfield and one flies over quite regularly. The sound of the engine is so recognisable - even to a total non expert like me. The pilots of these amazing planes were heroes, no getting away from that, and although I've seen war films before,(Reach for the Sky being one I have watched many times!) I found this film to be a bit of an eye opener. Having seen it was based on the journal of the pilot himself - makes it all more realistic. Thought Mr Heughan did a first class job playing Wellum. And the rest of the supporting cast were good too. Would liked to have seen a little more of what happens to the characters after he left, but at least there was a small write up on this before the credits go up! An enjoyable film.


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14 September 2010 (UK) See more »

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