633 Squadron Reviews
* Battle Of Britain (1969)
* A Bridge Too Far (1977)
* The Train (1964)
* The McKenzie Break (1970)
* The Devil's Brigade (1968)
(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
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.
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)
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
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.
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.