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½ April 14, 2016
good WWII pic post WWII
October 19, 2014
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!
½ June 20, 2011
Well done bomber movie, it has some great ariel scenes, and although I didn't really know any of the actors, it was decent in that department too, although it was hard to keep all of their characters straight, cause a lot of those white boys looked the same, well, except for the guy with claw for a hand, he was always easy to spot.
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
October 6, 2010
Three stars for a classic score only. The film itself was lacking in story and special effects.
September 17, 2010
A very quick moving and action filled war film, with individual, likeable and easy to follow characters. The action special effects are not excellent but for the time they are very good. The action scenes, of which there are a good few in the film, are well edited and very well filmed, especially the last action scene. The story itself is good, straightforward and very enjoyable, although it does leave a question unanswered at the end of the film.

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.
June 18, 2010
Did not hate it but not really love it either.
½ June 6, 2010
Pilots prepare for a suicide run on a heavily fortified Nazi base without being told why. Soap opera-ish first acts lead to a decent third act which George Lucas lifted for STAR WARS.

It should be noted Nazis dying is always fun. Good musical score, too.
½ May 30, 2010
A rip-roaring war flick, this time the Brits help the Norweigans. What thanks do we get at Eurovision?
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.
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