First Light

First Light

DVD - 2011
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"In May 1940 eighteen-year old Geoffrey Wellum joins the 92 squadron of the Royal Air Force and is taken to the pub,where pilots who have seen action sign their names on a blackboard. Next day,with no flying experience,he is expected to pilot a Spitfire;he is nervous but exhilarated. Soon he is seeing action against the Luftwaffe,his sense of duty dispelling fear,and,having taken part in the Battle of Britain,is awarded a medal,though he never signs the blackboard. By 1941 he has flown fifty missions and feels invincible,though he sees friends die and in 1942 the stress causes him to have a breakdown. However he survives the war and,in the present,talks direct to camera,voicing his feelings about his service experiences"--from www.imdb.com.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Distributed by BFS Entertainment & Multimedia, [2011]
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Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 79 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. --

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janesr
Apr 07, 2016

As a person who does watch war movies, this movie was entertaining while providing a look of one man's experience as a pilot. I thought the inclusion of the pilot's commentary at certain points in the story provided authenticity which assisted me to understand more clearly why the young men choose to join the air force instead of one of the other divisions of the military.

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Manuel
Jan 15, 2016

Excellent in every way. The acting is great and the story line closely follows the book of the same name. As a pilot, I loved this film. I didn't fast-forward at all. It is a remarkable film that pulls no punches in its depiction of the life of fighter pilots and what it means to Wellum to lose friends in air combat. Using Wellum as the narrator was brilliant as it gave the film a very special poignancy. Wellum, now in his old age, recollects his air combat experiences with exactitude. He says he will never forget his experiences during those two brief years, and I believe him.

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greenacres
Nov 08, 2015

During the Battle of Britain, 92 squadron achieved the highest combat score of any in the R.A.F. Great story.

aaa5756 Jan 27, 2013

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

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Batsen
Jan 19, 2013

Very interesting movie, which I hadn't heard of before, but just happened to see on the "new movies" shelf--great acquisitions selection! An affecting depiction of life for the Battle of Britain pilots and what they endured, with an engaging plot, and one not totally predictable. Based on Wellum's own memoir of his experiences, which has some quite moving and insightful writing in places; he appears here in the film as the narrator, looking back on his life--no actor could voice the lines as effectively! He has apparently became quite a celebrity in his later life because of the book--and deservedly so. Based on the film, I also got the book to read. But note that some of the special effects are more BBC than large-scale epic blockbuster.

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rslade
Jul 11, 2012

On the one hand, yet another docudrama of "the young men of The Few" (and not terribly well acted, at that). On the other hand, a true story, intercut with (minimal) reminiscences from the surviving pilot in the present day.

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phyllis49
Mar 18, 2012

By any standard, Englishman Geoffrey Wellum qualifies as a real-life hero. Born in 1921, Wellum enrolled in Her Majesty's Royal Air Force in August 1939, well before his 18th birthday. Within the mere span of a few months, Wellum began flying dangerous combat missions and demonstrated that rare combination of deft piloting and utter fearlessness in British skies - which helped him not only survive, but win the Distinguished Flying Cross, receive a quick promotion to flight commander, and ultimately, snag a transfer to the Mediterranean, where he routinely led eight spitfire planes over Malta.
Sam Heughan, Gary Lewis, Ben Aldridge, Alex Robertson, Paul Kynman, Paul Tinto, Jordan Bernarde

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