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Plot: In 1940, the Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle against the might of the Luftwaffe for control of the skies over Britain, thus preventing the Nazi invasion of Britain.
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Holds Up Well
I recently reviewed this film after having not seen it since it was new. Being a 31 year military veteran I have a somewhat different frame of reference for watching films such as this. I look for things in a film many civilians never will. I don’t think this one has ever been shown on TV in the US, at least not within a couple of decades, so it’s certainly not overplayed here. Luckily, the tape I accessed was in excellent condition so it was crisp and new in appearance. It is still a very excellent film depicting one of Britain’s most harrowing times and the unwavering heroism of those who fought so desperately to secure their victory. The film didn’t enjoy many fine reviews when it was new as it was compared, as most war films are, to the plethora of fiction produced by the movie industry and REAL history usually comes off looking mundane by comparison. I have found this a similar oddity for many excellent films of war. This is one film that more than adequately stands the test of time and I would absolutely love to see a wide-screen DVD version of it offered. Although it helps to have an understanding of war in general, and in particular the second world war and the actual battle of britain, one can be ignorant of those facts and still come away well entertained. It is a wonderfully produced film, acted with talent and grace by a cast of performers who are now legendary. The sets, costumes and musical score are wonderful and perfectly compliment the cinematography. If I can find a copy I am going to add it to my library.
an important moment in history
The “Battle of Britain” was one of the most critical battles of World War II, and was fought against Germany by the RAF. The German Luftwaffe planes way outnumbered what the RAF had — something like 640 vs. 2500 – astonishing – but the RAF went ahead anyway to keep Germany from invading their country.
I’m not a World War II expert, though I’m sure there are plenty of them who have seen this film and posted a review, so I’ll leave the critiques about whether or not this was a realistically told story to them.
In my own opinion, it was a lot of stars without much to do and some fantastic aerial battles. The stars include Michael Caine, Trevor Howard (replacing Rex Harrison), Harry Andrews, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Christopher Plummer, Ian McShane, Curt Jergens, Kenneth More, Nigel Patrick, Michael Redgrave, Robert Shaw, Susannah York, Robert Flemyng, and Edward Fox. Dirk Bogarde must have been on vacation. Timothy Dalton auditioned for a role but did not get it; Alec Guinness was to play a role that was eventually cut from the script. An astonishing cast.
Characters therefore weren’t fully developed – there were so many of them – but the real story is in the skies where the battles rage, with some very exciting flight sequences as well as some glorious scenery. Filming took place in England and Spain.
For some history of the film, I suggest the “trivia” section here, which goes into the collecting of the planes and cites scenes based on real incidents.
If you like World War II films, this sprawling tribute to the RAF is for you.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 12 min (132 min)
Genre Action, Drama, History, War
Director Guy Hamilton
Writer James Kennaway (screenplay), Wilfred Greatorex (screenplay), Derek Dempster (book), Derek Wood (book)
Actors Harry Andrews, Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Curd Jürgens
Awards Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win.
Production Company Spitfire Productions
Sound Mix Mono (35 mm prints), 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (French release)
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1 70mm, 2.35:1, 35mm (70 mm prints) (French release)
Camera Panavision Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, London, UK (color)
Film Length 3,610 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman Color Negative Film, Type 5254), 65mm, (aerial sequences)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Technicolor Dye Transfer prints), 70 mm (blow-up), 35 mm (Eastman Color Print Film, Type 5385)