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Decision Against Time (1957)

The Man in the Sky (original title)
The efforts of test pilot John Mitchell to make a better life for his wife Mary and their two children seem doomed to failure and he blames himself. At the Conway Aero-Manufacturing Company... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Crichton

Writers:

William Rose (an original story by), William Rose (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hawkins ... John Mitchell
Elizabeth Sellars ... Mary Mitchell
Jeremy Bodkin Jeremy Bodkin ... Nicholas Mitchell
Gerard Lohan Gerard Lohan ... Philip Mitchell
Walter Fitzgerald ... Conway
John Stratton ... Peter Hook
Eddie Byrne ... Ashmore
Victor Maddern ... Joe Biggs
Lionel Jeffries ... Keith
Donald Pleasence ... Crabtree
Catherine Lacey ... Mary's Mother
Megs Jenkins ... Mrs. Snowden
Ernest Clark ... Maine
Raymond Francis Raymond Francis ... Jenkins
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Sim
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Storyline

The efforts of test pilot John Mitchell to make a better life for his wife Mary and their two children seem doomed to failure and he blames himself. At the Conway Aero-Manufacturing Company of Wolverhampton, Mitchell is to take the company's new rocket-propulsion transport plane up for tests, fully loaded and carrying two important passengers - Ministry official Crabtree and buyer's representative Ashmore. Mitchell learns from his boss, Reg Conway, that if Ashmore does not recommend the plane, the company will be out of business and Mitchell out of a job, since the plane is not even insured as the firm's entire capital is tied up in the plane. Aloft, an engine catches fire and the passengers and other crew bail out, but Mitchell refuses to obey orders to jettison the plane in the Irish Sea. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

A PILOT'S DECISION! (original print ad for U.S. release "Decision Against Time" - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$486,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the first Ealing Studios production after the company left its Ealing site. Jack Hawkins and John Stratton also starred in "The Long Arm" (1956), which was the last film made at the Ealing Studios, before being sold to the B.B.C. See more »

Goofs

Mitchell puts the plane into a dive to attempt to blow out the engine fire. Two shots show the aircraft flying downward in a dive, but the clouds in the background are also angled down, showing that this was simply filmed at an angle. See more »

Quotes

[John Mitchell has successfully landed the stricken plane that he was test-flying, despite being urged by senior management to abandon the plane and save himself by bailing out]
Mary Mitchell: You didn't *have* to do it. They didn't *want* you to do it. They even begged you not to *try* to do it, and *still* you did it. Why? What in heaven's name were you thinking about? Didn't you give a single thought to what it would mean to us if you were killed? Didn't you *care* whether you were killed? Were you trying ...
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Referenced in The 1950's: Music, Memories & Milestones (1988) See more »

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great movie
25 January 2002 | by francozanaboniSee all my reviews

Great movie, english flavour, great performers. Jack Hawkins has been one of the best English actors ever. Aviation fans must ab-so-lu-te-ly see this movie, altough not available in the VHS circuit. As far as I know, this is the only feature film where it is possible to admire the ubiquitous Bristol 170 Freighter. She was a cargo plane built in the late forties by the english aviation firm Bristol. A must for all you aviation minded people. The cast is at his best, the drama and suspense still thrill a lot. Highly reccomended !


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