633 Squadron Reviews

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August 15, 2010
Likeable characters, neat effects, and good real life aerial action make this dated film watchable. Ending inspired the death star attack in Star Wars.
April 29, 2014
My Favorite War Film Is 1998's Saving Private Ryan.
April 29, 2014
Based upon the 1956 book by Frederick E. Smith, which was based upon a number of real Royal Air Force operations. This adaptation was directed by TV veteran Walter E. Grauman, (Columbo, The Untouchables and Murder, She Wrote.) This has some brilliant aviation action on display, but it does feel a tad formulaic, and most of it was all done before in The Dam Busters (1955), but it's still a good film to watch. When Norwegian resistance leader Erik Bergman (George Chakiris) learns of a German rocket fuel plant in a fjord. Bergman travels to England to report his findings to the RAF, who assign No. 633 Squadron to destroy it, with American Eagle Squadron pilot, Wing Commander Roy Grant (Cliff Robertson) is to lead this deadly mission. With training taking place in the highlands of Scotland, using de Havilland Mosquitos. Bergman retuns to Norway to gather more intelligence on the plant, but the Nazi's have sent more reinforcements after attacks by the resistance, and Bergman ends up being captured by the Gestapo, leaving the squadron with a tough decision. It's got it's moments, and the aerial action is well filmed and Ron Goodwin's score is heroic and patriotic. But it does have the odd niggle, like Robertson and Chakiris being cast to appeal to the American market, and poor Chakiris struggles as a Norwegian. But apart from that, it manages to be a good film, but it does have it's saggy parts.
December 27, 2013
Not as glorious as other war films of its time, but it has a wonderfully heroic bombastic theme tune which fills you with pride
½ November 19, 2013
Not the most polished of wartime mission movies and its a fairly generic plot workthrough, but it is very watchable.
August 19, 2013
Memorable for it's theme tune, but sadly not a lot else - a bit dull, miscast and with some ropey effects.
February 22, 2013
I would recommend this movie if you are a fan of WWII movies, in particular RAF movies
October 19, 2012
I own this in a six movie set along with:
* Battle Of Britain (1969)
* A Bridge Too Far (1977)
* The Train (1964)
* The McKenzie Break (1970)
* The Devil's Brigade (1968)
½ October 15, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012

(1964) 633 Squadron

Based on the Frederick E. Smith novel about a plan to destroy one of the Nazis main fuel supply system by shooting down a portion of a mountain for means of covering it up since it's bullet proof. The special effects as well as the model set ups are among the worst anyone has ever seen, using miniature planes and a modelled fake mountain replacing explosions with sparks one can get from fireworks and animated specail effects on Nazis shooting cannons making it is quite unbearably bad. Some of the predictament situations are also laughable.

1 out of 4
½ February 11, 2012
I remember it being better than it seemed this time around!
April 11, 2011
The plot is too simple. But it's a good early war film nonetheless.
½ January 12, 2011
633 Squadron is the story of the attack on the fuel factory that would have created the most important part of the V2 Rocket. This film focuses completely on this attack. Whenever there is a film that is so narrowly focused, it has potential to be great or awful. This film falls on the later of those two outcomes.

Cliff Robertson, better known for his role as Ben Parker in the latest in the Spiderman films, gives a stiff performance that is typical for an individual playing a leadership role that this time in most of these war films.

The film focuses too much on the preparation and becomes extremely boring. There seems to be an unnecessary love story between Roy Grant and Hilde. This love story does not add much to the overall quality and could be left out. The ending is extremely typical and actually very unexciting when it could be much more thrilling. The music theme is just as repetitive as the film is boring.
November 11, 2010
Less than stunning film making, this WWII air combat tale is full of vintage bomber aircraft and daring do. Based on a true WWII story, a pilot is ordered to kill a man he knows to save many others.

So true, this agonizing tale spoke of many times in warfare. While, typical of so many air warfare raids, the moral dilemma of our lead actor is evident. Horrible combat footage at the end is B film material.

Cliff Robertson leads a not so stellar cast of flyboys that are sent on a mission of earthquake proportions. It seems the Germans are up to their dirty tricks (again). Cheesy in many scenes, the daring do of our RAF heroes take to the air to right all wrongs.

Jesus, what would Hollywood do without World War Two?

Cliff Robertson (lead actor and bomber pilot)
George Chakiris (prisoner who knew too much to live)
Maria Perschy
Harry Andrews
Jimmie Bly

Editor: Bert Bates
Composer: Ron Goodwin
Screenplay: James Clavell
Director: Walter Grauman
Producer: Cecil F. Ford
Screenplay: Howard Koch
Executive Producer: Lewis J. Rachmil
Costume Designer: Brian Owen-Smith
Cinematographer: Edward Scaife
Production Designer: Michael Stringer
½ May 5, 2010
R.A.F. squadron is ordered to destroy a Nazi rocket fuel plant tucked deep into a Norwegian fjord. The bomb run is a logistical nightmare because the planes must run a gantlet of anti-aircraft batteries before reaching their target. Based on a true story,
November 13, 2009
Back then when we thought the big world issues would never be settled by war again, schoolboy adventures filled the cinema circuit. Vietnam and its cinematic realism, the brutal comedy of Catch 22, the everpresent 21st century threat from terrorism and political powerlessness make 633 Squadon into a curiosity of no lasting value, a cinematic bauble. The artwork alone says it all at a glance.
Just for the record, in 1964 after a rainy-holiday viewing of no alternative available, my 40y old ex Lancaster tailgunner father broke his misty-eyed recollections with a brief "it wasn't like that... AT ALL". But he liked the briefing-hut scene, when the pukka RAF-officer dismisses the crews onto their death-mission saying "Carry on chaps - I wish I was going with you" and the pawky aussie/cockney retorts sotto voce "you can have my seat if you like". My dad liked that ... it helped him put his real memories behind him, and cope.
½ September 19, 2009
Some special effects seems out of date but that doesn't take anything away from the story
½ September 19, 2009
Some special effects seems out of date but that doesn't take anything away from the story.
November 11, 2008
Excitement,adventure,derring-do and courage in the war-torn skies over nortnern Europe are "the right stuff"for this pulse-pounding World War 11 air drama.Two Academy Award" winners headline the sold cast: Cliff Robertson (Best Actor,charly ,1968) and George Chakiris (Best Supporting Actor,West Sidestory 1961). Robertson,an avid flyer in real life,plays a combat-weary pilot whose R.A.F Squardron is ordered on an apparent suicide mission to destory a Nazi rocket fuel plant - tucked deep into a Norwegian fjord. Chakiris portrays a resistance fighter whose fate numbers among the many ironies in the expertly written screenplay. To make the film,which is based on a true story a squadron of legendaryMosquito flighter-bombers was resurrected from near extinction.Dazzling fly-ing sequences bone-shaking sound and superb special effects help make this one of the most realistic air combat films ever to reach the screen.
August 20, 2009
Pretty interesting and cool little flick. If you like dogfights and lots of WW2 footage this is the movie for you. The plot is slightly thin but that's not the point of the movie. This movie is all about planes, which are pretty awesome.

Also, of note to any Star Wars fans: the final briefing scene and final battle scene were used shot by shot in A New Hope (admittedly by Lucas) so for that I'd suggest people should watch this. It's a very solid movie and can't recommend enough.
½ June 7, 2008
Enjoyable, more than watchable, and a great performance from Cliff Robertson.
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