The Kid who couldn't miss

Canada, 1982

Film
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The Kid Who Couldn’t Miss has been the subject of controversy since its release in 1982. It is the fascinating account of how a brash kid from Owen Sound, Ontario, named William Avery (Billy) Bishop, became one of the leading fighter pilots of World War I. This film is a docudrama and combines elements of both reality and fiction. It does not pretend to be a biography of Billy Bishop. Certain characters have been used to express certain doubts and reservations about Bishop’s exploits. There is no evidence that these were shared by the actual characters. At age 23, Bishop became a hero and Canada’s most decorated military figure. Excerpts from John Gray’s play Billy Bishop Goes to War, featuring Eric Peterson, provide a thread throughout the film.

Credits

producer/director

Paul Cowan

production company

National Film Board of Canada

Duration

01:19:15:00

Production places
Canada
Production dates
1982

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

33899

Language

English

Subject categories

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Bishop, Billy

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Fighter pilots

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → World War, 1914-1918

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → World War, 1914-1918 - Canada

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Airplanes

Documentary

Documentary → Docudrama

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Canada

History → Canada - History

History → Historical re-enactments

History → History

People → Bishop, Billy

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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