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They say she was beautiful. A dream. But for all her good looks, she was also a killer. Spitfire is an epic, sweeping tale of determination, vision and courage. It is the story of an aeroplane that was forged in competition, shaped as the war clouds gathered, and refined in the white heat of combat - going on to become the most famous fighter plane ever made. Credited with changing the course of world history, this is the story of the Spitfire - told in the words of the last-surviving combat veterans. With stunning aerial footage from the world's top aviation photographer, the film also contains rare, digitally re-mastered, archive footage from the tumultuous days of the 1940's when her power in the skies was unrivalled. Spitfire also explores how this extraordinary plane thrives today and how it has become an international icon.


Critic Reviews for Spitfire

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

  • [The Spitfire is] a symbol of British bravery, ingenuity and victory, driven by nostalgia and lately, seized upon by nationalists. The documentary stokes those emotions, when it might better have questioned them.

    Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Yet David Fairhead and Ant Palmer's film never feels like pre-Brexit tub-thumping, and that's mainly due to the diversity and vitality of their interviewees.

    Jul 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • An uncomfortably romantic ode to war.

    Jul 19, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This cinematic time capsule does its bit capably, even touchingly: the memories are here, for anybody who wishes to cling on to them.

    Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • The evolution of the legendary fighter and the crucial role it played in pushing back against the might of Hitler's Wehrmacht - which had already conquered the skies of Europe - is chronicled in this dutifully crafted tribute. War buffs will love it.

    Nov 25, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Refined, elegant and classy ... this lovingly crafted work, deserving a big screen thanks to its splendid aerial photography, is not really about war, but about Britain and its people.

    Nov 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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