The Way to the Stars

Film, Drama
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Good performances distinguish this evocation of a World War II bomber base in Britain, studiously anti-heroic in its concentration on human relationships rather than stirring combat (as one might expect with a script by Terence Rattigan). But it has dated badly in its genteelly romantic view of the hazards and heartbreaks, and in its cosy cementing of Anglo-American relationships. The best things in it are moments of pure atmosphere, like the opening shot in which the camera prowls through the deserted post-war airfield, picking up forlorn tokens of the past - a torn photograph, a scribbled signature - whose history is recounted in flashback.

By: TM

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Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Anthony Asquith
Screenwriter: Terence Rattigan
Cast: Michael Redgrave
John Mills
Rosamund John
Douglass Montgomery
Renee Asherson
Stanley Holloway
Trevor Howard
Basil Radford
Bonar Colleano
David Tomlinson
Jean Simmons
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