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
The Eagle Squadron pilots were all fighter pilots which had transferred back into the United States Army Air Forces and one particular fighter outfit, the 4th Fighter Group (334th, 335th, and 336th Fighter Squadrons) late in 1942. (This was by special agreement with the British government at a time when the Americans needed an infusion of combat-experienced pilots for the Eighth Fighter Command.) Eagle Squadron pilots thus didn't fly medium bombers. They flew Spitfires with the R.A.F. and P-47s (and later P-51s) with the U.S.A.A.F.). See more »
Wing Cmdr. Roy Grant:
I killed him, Hilde. He was in the building, and I knew it.
You knew they were torturing him. You stopped it. Erik cannot thank you, Roy. So I thank you for him.
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Fall in for the blood pumping joy of De Havilland's Mosquitoes.
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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