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633 Squadron (1964)

 -  War | Drama  -  11 July 1964 (Japan)
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An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway. The factory supplies fuel for the Nazi effort to launch rockets on England during D-Day.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Erik Bergman
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Hilde Bergman
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Air Vice Marshal Davis
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Group Capt. Don Barrett
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Squadron Leader Frank Adams
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Flight Lt. Gillibrand
John Bonney ...
Flight Lt. Scott
Angus Lennie ...
Flying Officer Hoppy Hopkinson
Scott Finch ...
Flying Officer Bissell (as Scot Finch)
John Church ...
Flying Officer Evans
Barbara Archer ...
Rosie - Barmaid at Black Swan Inn
Sean Kelly ...
Lt. Nigel
Julian Sherrier ...
Flight Lt. Singh
Geoffrey Frederick ...
Flight Lt. Frank
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633 Squadron has enjoyed an unqualified string of successes. Their luck changes when they are assigned to bomb a German rocket fuel plant, in Norway which is guarded by heavy anti-aircraft defences, and the plant is considered bomb-proof. Their nearly impossible mission is further complicated by a German air raid, the difficult approach to the target and the capture and torture of the underground leader who is assisting the squadron. Written by Derek R. Watts

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The film's opening prologue states: "This story is inspired by the exploits of the Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Mosquito air crews during World War II." See more »

Goofs

One of the German armored cars used in the ambush scenes (the one that isn't the Alvis Saracen) is an obvious fake. The gun barrel appears to be stuck onto the front of the turret, with no provision for changing elevation. See more »

Quotes

Wing Cmdr. Roy Grant: Two die, two get married. Kind of evens things up.
Lt. Erik Bergman: I thought you were against marriage.
Wing Cmdr. Roy Grant: I'm also against death. But it happens anyway.
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Rather cliched, but with definite high points.
26 October 2003 | by (Rugby,UK.) – See all my reviews

In the spring of 1944 an RAF Mosquito Squadron are ordered to attack a German rocket fuel plant in Norway. The mission involves flying up a heavily defended fjord and bombing a cliff overhang in an attempt to bury the factory, which is built into the rock.

I bought this on DVD in a '3 for £20' offer, as I had fond memories of it from childhood, and it had been around 20 years since I last remember seeing it. I have to say that it's not nearly as good as I remembered it to be. The plot is full of cliches and there's the inevitable love interest for the lead. That said, there are points to recommend it. Cliff Robertson gives another reliable performance as the Wing Commander in charge of the squadron, and there are equally dependable turns from Harry Andrews and Donald Houston. The numerous flying sequences with the Mosquito Bombers are expertly filmed, and it's a real bonus to finally see the film in its correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The special effects aren't bad for 1964, and Ron Goodwin's famous score underpins the whole venture.

The main problem that I have with the film is that it borrows heavily from 'The Dam Busters' in terms of plot, without ever scaling the heights (no pun intended) of that classic. It may have lush Panavision photography, better effects etc., but lacks the nail biting tension and expertly constructed drama of its predecessor. However, it's perfectly acceptable entertainment, if somewhat abrupt at the end.


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