Rent The Sound Barrier (1952)

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1h 52min
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Synopsis:
Directed by David Lean and written by Terence Rattigan, "The Sound Barrier" is about the men who challenged the speed of sound, told from the viewpoint of central character, Sir John Ridgefield (Ralph Richardson). The oil tycoon and aircraft constructor is determined to manufacture a supersonic jet that will travel faster than the speed of sound. Ridgefield's desire to reach this goal has already led to the death of his test pilot son (Denholm Elliott), and his daughter Susan's (Ann Todd) fighter-pilot husband (Nigel Patrick). Shocked at the death of her husband and her father's disregard of human life in his single-minded determination to achieve his goal, Susan walks out on him.
Unperturbed, Ridgefield approaches another pilot with the challenge of piloting his test craft. The film marked a departure from the domestic or literary concerns which had characterized the director David Lean's choice of subject matter to date.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
David Lean
Writers:
Terence Rattigan
Others:
Ralph Richardson, Nigel Patrick, London Film Sound Department
Aka:
Breaking the Sound Barrier
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
British Films, Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama, Romance
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1953 BAFTA Best Actor

1953 BAFTA Best Film

1953 BAFTA Best British Film

1953 Oscar Best Sound

BBFC:
Release Date:
11/04/2016
Run Time:
112 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • BFI Interview with David Lean
  • Interview with Geoffrey Wansell (Terence Rattigan Biographer)
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/04/2016
Run Time:
118 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • BFI interview with David Lean
  • Interview with Geoffrey Wansell (Terence Rattigan Biographer)

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