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Battle of Britain Reviews

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March 24, 2013
The best story of the Battle of Britain. I just hope American Holywood doens't try and re-make it with an American hero.
March 5, 2013
After watching Lewis and Clark, Edwin is ready to move forward in history to the battle for control of Europe. We're up late tonight since a fever will keep him home from school tomorrow. #littlehistorian
½ February 28, 2013
I'm glad I've seen it.
Super Reviewer
½ February 25, 2013
With an extraordinary cast Hamilton recreates the brilliant dogfights and airborne drama with great panache and even had time to include a little melodrama along the way. At least this gives us a chance to get to know the characters a bit as once they're in the air and have their oxygen masks on it's difficult to tell them apart! Plummer and York have the best storyline but it's cut short a bit too quickly and Caine is barely in it at all. A good document of a vital moment in history and entertaining but with so many individual stories it's difficult to get emotionally involved.
February 17, 2013
I'd like to see this again.
February 6, 2013
This is probably one of the most underrated war movies of all time. The depictions of the aerial battles are nicely done. The special effects are dated but that doesn't stop this movie from being great. The entire cast does an excellent job playing their parts. There are many different types of aircraft that took part in the real Battle of Britain but I guess many of them didn't survive after the war to be used in this film so we're only shown five different types of aircraft. The cinematography as well as the aerial photography are excellent. Under used British composer Ron Goodwin provides a nice score that underscores the film's action and dramatic moments. If you like war movies, this is a must see.
½ February 2, 2013
lively, breathtaking flight sequences and pounding score. only the story lacks true substance and the flat, raf base backdrop needed to be fixed. nonetheless, a terrific ride and great war film.
½ January 9, 2013
This movie is the perfect example of something being a mile wide and an inch deep. There are too many characters, too many perspectives, and not enough feeling. If it weren't for the famous faces I wouldn't have been able to keep track of who anyone was or which side they were fighting for.
There are some truly brilliant shots of air combat scattered throughout but it all gets a bit tired by the end and without any real emotional core or character to latch onto I could help but lose the battle of indifference.
November 21, 2012
Historians would like this most. They rest of us: no. It was bor-bor-boring. It was cool to see all these major actors as much younger adults. That was about it. Two hours and twelve minutes. Too dreadfully long.
October 22, 2012
I own this in a six movie pack along with:
* A Bridge Too Far (1977)
* The Train (1964)
* 633 Squadron (1964)
* The McKenzie Break (1970)
* The Devil's Brigade (1968)
October 3, 2012
A grand explication of a grand story. A wonderful and well-chosen cast, excellent if necessarily brief "human story" moments, convincing battle scenes and a great sweep of narrative. The special section near the end ‚"of the decisive Big Day‚" with its themed music by William Walton, gives a stomach-churning experience of air battle at its most disorienting. Highly recommended.
September 24, 2012
Our finest hour

Stunning aerial sequences, no cgi comes close, these are real dog fights! 109E's v Spitfires ~ classic
September 8, 2012
Only 77%!

The greatest war movie ever.

As everyone in Britain knows!!
½ July 19, 2012
Does not stand up to the test of time. The cutting edge flying sequences must have stunned audiences in 1969. Today they are long and boring scenes. The human element is completely missing from this film. The incredible cast is wasted!
June 29, 2012
An excellent and fairly accurate portrayal of the Battle of Britain in 1940 with an all-star cast to boot.
June 28, 2012
An epic retelling of an historic event. Some of the fighting scenes were excellent, despite the inherent difficulty in trying to portray a battle in the air.
June 16, 2012
The year 1940 was a grim one for Britain. With their backs up against the wall they were the lone country in Western Europe still resisting the onslaught of Nazi Germany. Many felt that German victory was a foregone conclusion and after appealing for peace with the island nation Hitler unleashed the luftwaffe on the country in an effort to pave the way for an eventual land invasion.
Outnumbering the British in the number of aircraft the Germans began bombing airfields in Britain in an attempt to immobilize the beleaguered Royal Air Force. In this battle for the skies the British pilots, the Free French and Polish exiles stood together and faced off the threat in heroic style.
Produced by Harry Saltzman, one of the men behind the James Bond movies and directed by Guy Hamiltom (who had performed a similar chore for Saltzman on "Goldfinger") the movie features a veritable who's who cast of British stars. Joining Michael Caine, Robert Shaw, Harry Andrews, Edward Fox, Ralph Richardson, Trevor Howard and Laurence Olivier was Canadian star Christopher Plummer and German actor Curt Jurgens (who would go on later to play a Bond villain).
Based loosely on the book "Dual of Eagles" Hamilton directs "Battle of Britain" with his usual flair and the colors are vivid.
"Battle of Britain" has been applauded for its accuracy. In short it is a triumph of sixties World War II filmmaking.
½ June 9, 2012
Speaking as a WW2 buff with a minor in history and a major in theater, what we have here is an amazing work of recreating the experience of one of the most important battles in history , and done by the people who just lived through it,
So trust me, they made sure it was factually correct, with the depiction of the times as authentically as possible. Yes there some minor flaws

The aerial battle scenes were beyond their times as a match for the best of today.. There is a section that , ...if sitting in a dark surround sound theater would actually experience just a drop ..of what it was like ... to be in aerial combat.
And chock full of legendary actors? If only they did this in 3 D.
Oh yes...And the music? A'kin to Richard Rodgers "Victory at Sea". Wow.!
½ May 22, 2012
Quite good and more than a little bit Bond-like. The European theater's answer to "Tora! Tora! Tora!"
½ April 2, 2012
One of the best war-movies made. During the making of the movie the company had employed so many fighters and bombers that it could call it self the 35th largest air force in the world. WWII German fighter ace Adolf Galland worked as a technical supervisor for the people paying the German pilots in this film.
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