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good WWII pic post WWII
My Favorite War Film Is 1998's Saving Private Ryan.
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.
Not as glorious as other war films of its time, but it has a wonderfully heroic bombastic theme tune which fills you with pride
Not the most polished of wartime mission movies and its a fairly generic plot workthrough, but it is very watchable.
Memorable for it's theme tune, but sadly not a lot else - a bit dull, miscast and with some ropey effects.
I would recommend this movie if you are a fan of WWII movies, in particular RAF movies
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)
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
I remember it being better than it seemed this time around!