The Sound Bar­rier

Empire (UK) - - REVIEW -

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.

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