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
The acting from the principle star Cliff Robertson is good as his style of acting has to change because the attitude of his character changes. For most of the film he plays the happy go lucky, 'accept it as it comes' Wing Commander. Then the attitude of the character changes to and that's when Robertson's acting talent really shows! George Chakiris' acting however seems very wooden throughout the film and doesn't really do anything; he delivers his dialogue in the same manner each time regardless of what mannerism effect the dialogue is meant to have.
The last point is the theme music for the film, which is quick and dramatic music, which suits the film, especially when it is played during the action sequences!
Overall a very enjoyable war film, which is very fast moving, has good action scenes, good characters and a good story. The acting by the two main stars is very good by one (Robertson) but seemed wooden by the other (Chakiris). The theme music fits the film exceptionally well.
It should be noted Nazis dying is always fun. Good musical score, too.
I digress. Back to the film. Fantastic flying sequences and a great use of Mosquito fighter-bombers which must have been hard to recreate.Some of the special efects where planes are shot down and/or explode are a little dated but hell this film was made in 1963!
A good cast. Angus Lennie (Ives in The Great Escape) even makes an appearance as a navigator. The movie shows just how spectacular the Mosquito aircraft were. I bet they weren't grounded by volcanic ash.