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Dam Busters is a 1954 film about the British attack on the Ruhr dams of Germany. It was particularly influential on Star Wars, as Wikipedia notes:

The attack on the “Death Star” in the climax of the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is based on the climactic sequence of The Dam Busters. In the later film rebel pilots have to fly through a trench while evading enemy fire and use a single special weapon at a precise distance from the target in order to destroy the entire base with a single explosion; if one run fails another run must be made by a different pilot. Some scenes from the Star Wars climax are very similar to those in The Dam Busters and some of the dialogue is nearly identical in the two films. These scenes are also heavily influenced by the action scenes from the war film 633 Squadron, which depicts a fictional air raid. Star Wars also ends with an Elgarian-style march, like The Dam Busters.

Check out this mashup of Dam Busters with the audio from the Death Star run:

via Neatorama


Written by Scott

October 14, 2007 at 1:58 pm

Posted in Movies, Youtube

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