The Sound Barrier
This David Lean film is ostensibly a tale of heroic achievement — the breaking of the sound barrier— but plays best as a terrifying, typically clipped terence rattigan family drama. aviation tycoon Ralph Richardson bullies son Denholm elliott into flying (he fatally prangs in training), then sacrifices his son-in-law (nigel patrick) in pursuit of a breakthrough. His daughter (ann todd) can’t see the point of all the death until Richardson’s inspiring, ambiguous lecture. starched chat on the ground, with eerie, magnificent flying scenes.