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633 Squadron (1964)

Approved  |   |  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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Storyline

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 greatest adventure since men fought on earth...or flew over it ! See more »

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War | Drama

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Release Date:

11 July 1964 (Japan)  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Cliff Robertson, an accomplished pilot, wanted to buy one of the Mosquitoes after filming had finished, as he was so impressed with the type. He was not permitted to do this but he later bought a Spitfire Mk IX which he owned until the late 1990s. See more »

Goofs

When the Norwegians are fighting from the cover of the crashed Opel truck the Germans are driving an Alvis Saracen personnel carrier. This is both a British vehicle and a post war design that wasn't produced until 1952. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Squadron Leader Adams: Well, at least the rockets won't happen.
Air Vice Marshal Davis: Of course they'll happen. But they won't start tomorrow, or this month or on D-Day, and that's important.
Squadron Leader Adams: Then what's it all add up to? All their sacrifice?
Air Vice Marshal Davis: A successful operation.
Squadron Leader Adams: But they're probably all dead. All 633 Squadron.
Air Vice Marshal Davis: You can't kill a squadron.
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Fall in for the blood pumping joy of De Havilland's Mosquitoes.
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A WW2 squadron of Mosquito bombers are training for a perilous mission to bomb a cliff face in Norway; with the aim to bring the cliff tumbling down on the German arms factory below it.

633 Squadron may not be a film for the War enthusiast purists? But the work done here to make this film a winner should never be understated. In this day and age it's often forgotten how these type of film's relied on good aerial photography, deft model work, and a stirring score. All of which this picture contains, thus making 633 Squadron more than a wet day crowd pleaser. Sure the intermittent scenes between the training sequences and the actual mission are mere filler, and the subplots obviously halt the flow of the movie (hello romance, hello sacrifice clichés); but what they do do is give a sort of added feel to the proceedings come the mission at the end. We do after all have to have some sort of affinity with the characters putting their lives at risk, and we get that here courtesy of a well written first half. Also boasting (in my opinion naturally) one of the greatest scores used in a War movie, courtesy of Ron Goodwin, the film triumphs because the ending is all that you hope for. In truth it's never in doubt given the build up we are given (and being the normality for many genre pieces), but with little dashes of poignancy and slivers of adrenalin rushes, the impact is akin to a jingoistic chest thudding.

Besides which, if you can't get a tingle on your neck watching the Mosquitoes fly over the Norwegian fjord? Well you got no blood in your body say I. 7/10


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