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77 Ratings

Breaking the Sound Barrier

The Sound Barrier

Directed by David Lean
United Kingdom, 1952
Drama, Romance


A self-made aircraft manufacturer is determined that his company will be the first to build a plane which flies faster than sound.

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Breaking the Sound Barrier Directed by David Lean

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1953 | Winner: Best Sound, Recording

1953 | Nominee: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay

National Board of Review

1952 | 4 wins including: Best Director

BAFTA Awards

1953 | 3 wins including: Best British Actor

1953 | 2 nominations including: Best British Actor

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1952 | Winner: Best Actor

1952 | 2 runner-up prizes including: Best Film

Critics reviews

It’s a valiant portrait of overlooked civilian heroics, but it’s also a poignant illustration of single-minded dedication, the intoxication of passion, and the occasionally heartbreaking consequences.
October 19, 2017
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