YMMV / The Dam Busters

  • Awesome Moments: Today probably the most awkward one on film. "It's Nigger! They've done it!"
  • Awesome Music: The main theme is unforgettable.
  • Funny Moments:
    • The squadron needs to let off steam ahead of the raid. "Right, boys: off with their bags [pants]!"
    • In the book, on the train to London to be decorated following the operation, one of the squadron gets very drunk. The end result: "I losht my pantsh. Very awkward. Can't shee the King without my pantsh." There seems to be a theme going here...
  • Ear Worm: The Dambusters March, synonymous with the film and the raid in general, despite being written over ten years later. Popular at football marches and fly pasts, it has even become the tune for a hymn.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Gibson in real life - he could be a real bitch to work under, but popular with higher command.
  • Tear Jerker: Gibson's dog's death.
    • The ending.
      Barnes Wallis: Fifty-six men! If I'd known it was going to be like this I'd never have started.
      • And later supremely understated by Guy Gibson:
        Gibson: I've got to go and write some letters.
      • Even more so when you know that as an officer in WW2, Richard Todd had had to write those letters for real.
      • A Real Life version: as of 2015, all of the members of the squadron have now passed on.