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YMMV / The Dam Busters

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  • 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...
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  • Retroactive Recognition: A young Robert Shaw is Flight Sgt. J. Pulford.
  • 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.
  • Values Dissonance: Naming the dog after the N-word, natch.


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