The end of WW2. Allied forces enter a well-guarded German rocket base and kidnap among others the rocket scientist Dr. Von Heinken. When they try to get away they are followed both by ... See full summary »
Three old men from Yorkshire who have never grown up face the trials of their fellow town citizens and everyday life and stay young by reminiscing about the days of their youth and attempting feats not common to the elderly.
Squadron Leader Quint Munroe, an RAF pilot in World War II, has a hard time dealing with the presumed death in action of fellow Sq. Leader David 'Scotty' Scott, whose family practically ... See full summary »
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
Four of the De Havilland Mosquitos seen in this film were airworthy and three could taxi on the ground. The same crash at Abindon Airfield, U.K., shot from a different angle, was used with matte painting (by Tom Howard's special effects team) to look like it was crashing in Norway, when in fact no shooting was done in Norway. For scenes set in Norway, the mountains of Scotland were pressed into service. See more »
The first view of enemy fighters is the 'kette' formations (only briefly seen high above) the lower of these 'stacked' kette formations are of three aircraft with noses apparently having the round cowling of Fw 190s. The attacking "enemy aircraft" were obviously the wider body Messerschmitt Bf 108 which is first very apparent in one banking to attack a Mosquito near the first of the attack. Even the vertical stabilizer shape shows it is not of a Bf 109. The Bf 108 is further confirmed by the head on view showing the sport lightplane windshields. The "gunfire" is flashing lights set into landing light positions flashing to simulate gunfire. Two persons are even visible in the 108 cabin side-by-side. There is also a center windshield divider separating the two windshield panels, not the flat bulletproof windshield of the 109. These unmistakable facts are seen in the rear-projection shot of one hitting a Mosquito "head-on" in a scene. 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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I am a great fan of "633 Squadron" and have read a few articles about the making of the film so I can correct a few errors in previous postings.
In the original 1956 novel the central character was Wing- Commander Roy Grenville. This was changed to Wing - Commander Roy Grant for the film. The script did make it clear that Grant was an ex - Eagle Squadron pilot. A number of Americans did fly for the RAF during WW2. After Pearl Harbour the Eagle Squadrons were eventually transferred to the USAAF but some Americans stayed in the RAF so it is not totally implausible to have an American leading an RAF squadron.
I agree that the Greek American actor George Chakiris does not look very Norwegian! However the casting of these two American actors (Robertson and Chakiris) was done to ensure the success of the film at the American box office. British war films with all- British casts tend to bomb at the American box office. The 1969 film "Battle of Britain" was the most successful film at the UK box office when it came out but it was a financial disaster in most other countries. That was why the American role in "Operation Market Garden" was prominently featured in the 1977 film "A Bridge Too Far".
I agree that the ending was ambiguous. In Frederick E Smith's 1976 sequel "Operation Rhine Maiden" it was made clear that Wing Cdr Grant had survived the crash and become a POW - in the film it is not clear whether he had died or just lost consciousness.
All the Mosquitoes used in the film were obtained from No 35 Civilian Anti Aircraft Cooperation Unit in Exeter which retired its last Mosquitoes only a few weeks before filming began. These civilian - piloted Mosquitoes were the last in service anywhere in the world.
A total off 11 Mosquitoes were used in the filming though only four were airworthy . Three Mosquitoes were destroyed during filming.
A few of the Mosquitoes used in the film still exist though none are currently airworthy. The B-25 Mitchell used as the camera plane still exists albeit in a derelict condition at North Weald Airfield in England.
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