Breaking the Sound Barrier

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Ralph Richardson
Director: David Lean Cast: Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
, Ann Todd
Ann Todd
, Nigel Patrick
Nigel Patrick
David Lean

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Overview

Breaking the Sound Barrier juxtaposes the history of jet aviation with an intensely personal fictional story. Ralph Richardson plays a wealthy aircraft manufacturer, stubbornly determined to develop a jet that will travel faster than the speed of sound. Richardson's seemingly cavalier attitude toward the pilots who have died on behalf of his dream--including his own son (Denholm Elliott)--has turned his daughter (Ann Todd) against him. When the daughter's fighter-pilot husband (Nigel Patrick) agrees to test Richardson's jet, he too loses his life. The daughter walks out of her father's life and sets up residence with the wife (Dinah Sheridan) of another pilot (John Junkin). Richardson approaches this pilot as well with his challenge--and this time the "sound barrier" is successfully broken without anyone being killed. Reconciled to the fact that her father's apparent coldbloodedness was in the interest of scientific progress, the daughter and her newborn child are reconciled with Richardson. The first independent project of director David Lean, Breaking the Sound Barrier was a huge success, persuasively scripted by Terence Rattigan and beautifully photographed by aerial specialist Jack Hildyard. The film's original British title was simply The Sound Barrier, but the American distributor apparently didn't want filmgoers to think the movie was about the record industry.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2020
UPC: 0738329246419
Original Release: 1952
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 12,426

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Richardson John Richfield
Ann Todd Susan Garthwaite
Nigel Patrick Tony Garthwaite
John Justin Philip Peel
Dinah Sheridan Jess Peel
Joseph Tomelty Will Sparks
Denholm Elliott Christopher Ridgefield
Jack Allen Windy Williams
Ralph Michael Fletcher
Donald Harron ATA officer
Jolyon Jackley Baby John
Douglas Muir Actor
Anthony Snell Peter Makepeace
Vincent Holman Factor
Leslie Phillips Controller

Technical Credits
David Lean Director,Producer
Malcolm Arnold Score Composer
Joseph Bato Art Director
Geoffrey Foot Editor
John Hawkesworth Art Director
Elizabeth Hennings Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Vincent Korda Set Decoration/Design
Terence Rattigan Screenwriter

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