One of Our Aircraft Is Missing

Overview

This subtle, unadorned British war drama was the second collaboration between "The Archers," Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Six British bomber crewmen are obliged to bail out over Holland. To escape detection from the Nazis, the crewmen accept the hospitality of several Hollanders, all dedicated to the freedom-fighting activities of the Underground. The film is constructed along the lines of the earlier Powell-Pressburger film The Invaders, except that the escapees are British rather than German and their...
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Overview

This subtle, unadorned British war drama was the second collaboration between "The Archers," Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Six British bomber crewmen are obliged to bail out over Holland. To escape detection from the Nazis, the crewmen accept the hospitality of several Hollanders, all dedicated to the freedom-fighting activities of the Underground. The film is constructed along the lines of the earlier Powell-Pressburger film The Invaders, except that the escapees are British rather than German and their Dutch contacts are willing rather than reluctant co-conspirators. The six male stars are Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Bernard Miles, Hugh Burden, and Emrys Jones; among those who aid them in their flight to freedom are Googie Withers, Joyce Redman, and Peter Ustinov. The austere photography by Ronald Neame is complemented by the to-the-point editing of future director David Lean. Adding to the verisimilitude of One of Our Aircraft Is Missing is the utter absence of a musical score.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing made quite an impression on war-time viewers when it was first released, and those who lived through World War II, especially in Europe, will still find it a moving experience. Those who did not actually experience the war will likely find Aircraft a professionally made and fairly interesting drama, but will also likely be put off by the air of propaganda that hangs over it. The term propaganda is not being used in this sense to imply that the film uses lies and untruths, although as a fiction film it is certainly free to do so; rather, it means that the film takes a particular point-of-view and pushes that point in such a way that it comes across to modern viewers as a little extreme. This is especially true in its treatment of the brave people of the Netherlands, who are presented in general more as stereotypes than as flesh and blood people. The film also lags a bit in places, although not terribly so. Compensating for these flaws is an exceptionally fine ensemble cast, evocative Ronald Neame cinematography, sharp editing, and some inventive directing by the Michael Powell-Emeric Pressburger team. The directors are especially good in portraying the oppressiveness of the Nazis without resorting to overt brutality and in finding small ways -- such as various accents -- to individualize the RAF troops. If not as effective as it was in the 1940s, One of Our Aircraft Is Missing is still a good and suspenseful war flick.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • UPC: 089218568397
  • Original Release: 1941
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 41,114

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Godfrey Tearle Sir George Corbett
Eric Portman Tom Earnshaw
Hugh Williams Frank Shelley
Bernard Miles Geoff Hickman
Pamela Brown Else Meertens
Hugh Burden John Glyn Haggard
Emrys Jones Bob Ashley
Hay Petrie Burgomeister
Roland Culver Naval Officer
David Ward First German Airman
Googie Withers Jo de Vries
David Evans Len Martin
Hector Abbas Driver
Joan Akkerman Maartje
Willem Akkerman Willem
Robert Beatty Sgt. Hopkins
James B. Carson Louis
Alec Clunes Organist
William D'Arcy Officer
Selma Vaz Dias Burgomeister's Wife
Robert Duncan 2nd Airman
Robert Helpmann De Jong
John Longden
Arnold Marle Pieter Sluys
Valerie Moon Jannie
Michael Powell Dispatching Officer
Joyce Redman Jet van Dieren
Stewart Rome Commander
John Salew Sentry
Peter Schenke Hendrik
Peter Ustinov Priest
Technical Credits
Michael Powell Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Emeric Pressburger Director, Producer, Screenwriter
John Corfield Producer
Guy Green Camera Operator
Stanley Haynes Associate Producer
Robert Krasker Camera Operator
David Lean Editor
Ronald Neame Cinematographer
David Rawnsley Art Director
C.C. Stevens Sound/Sound Designer
Sydney Streeter Production Manager
A.W. Watkins Sound/Sound Designer
Douglas Woolsey Special Effects
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
2. Chapter 1 [:05]
3. Chapter 2 [:05]
4. Chapter 3 [:05]
5. Chapter 4 [:05]
6. Chapter 5 [:05]
7. Chapter 6 [:05]
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