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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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Dare-devil test pilot takes you on a nerve-tingling adventure! 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:

Decision Against Time See more »

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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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Trivia

The first Ealing Studios production after the company left its Ealing site. The movie was made at MGM-British at Borehamwood. The famous "Ealing Studios" logo was changed to "Ealing Films". The film was also the first Ealing film to be released by MGM rather than Rank Film Distributors, marking a move from Rank's Odeon and Gaumont circuit to the rival ABC circuit, which MGM was aligned with. See more »

Goofs

When Mary returns home from watching Mitch land the plane, she rushes into the kitchen to see their two sons sitting at the table where she had instructed them to stay when she left the house. The younger boy has a boiled egg in the egg holder on his plate, but on the cut from the opposite side of the room the egg has disappeared. 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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