Their Finest Hour: 5 British WWII Classics

Film Movement Classics
300 Minutes
Action, Classics, War
Theatrical booking
Erin Farrell
Festival and non-theatrical booking
Erin Farrell
Materials and print traffic
Erin Farrell


THEIR FINEST HOUR brings together five digitally restored British WWII classics for the first time on Blu-ray. Titles include the Ealing Studios-produced, Graham Greene adaptation WENT THE DAY WELL? (1942) along with Michael Anderson's Oscar-nominated THE DAM BUSTERS (1955), as well as three box-office hits starring John Mills – THE COLDITZ STORY (1955), DUNKIRK (1958) and ICE COLD IN ALEX (1958).

WENT THE DAY WELL? (1942, directed by Alberto Cavalcanti)
Based on a story by Graham Greene, this Ealing Studios wartime production tells the story of a quiet English village that has been infiltrated by disguised German soldiers.

THE COLDITZ STORY (1955, directed by Guy Hamilton)
Nazi Germany believed that no man could escape from Colditz Castle, but a group of Allied prisoners of war were determined to prove them wrong. Starring John Mills.

THE DAM BUSTERS (1955, directed by Michael Anderson)
Against all odds, an RAF squadron destroys German dams with “bouncing bombs.” Based on true events and the inspiration for Star Wars’ Death Star attack sequence.

DUNKIRK (1958, directed by Leslie Norman)
John Mills and Richard Attenborough star in the first cinematic retelling of the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk, code-named Operation Dynamo. Produced by Ealing Studios.

ICE COLD IN ALEX (1958, directed by J. Lee Thompson)
Captain Anson (John Mills) of the Royal Army Service Corps dreams of an ice cold beer but first he must lead his medical unit to safety across the perilous North African desert.