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Writers:
James Clavell (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
April 1964 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
The greatest adventure since men fought on earth...or flew over it ! See more »
Plot:
An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway,, which is part of the Nazi effort to lauch rockets on England during D-day, by flying up a well-defended fjord at low level. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Fall in for the blood pumping joy of De Havilland's Mosquitoes. See more (60 total) »

Cast

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Cliff Robertson ... Wing Cmdr. Roy Grant

George Chakiris ... Lt. Erik Bergman

Maria Perschy ... Hilde Bergman

Harry Andrews ... Air Vice Marshal Davis

Donald Houston ... Group Capt. Don Barrett

Michael Goodliffe ... Squadron Leader Frank Adams

John Meillon ... 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
Suzan Farmer ... WAAF Sgt. Mary Blake / Bissell
Johnny Briggs ... Lt Jones
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Brayshaw ... Pilot (uncredited)
John Dray ... Henrik (uncredited)
Wendy Hall ... WAF Officer in Bar (uncredited)
Drewe Henley ... Thor (uncredited)
Peter Kriss ... Lt. Maner (uncredited)
Arnold Locke ... Innkeeper - Black Swan Inn (uncredited)
Cavan Malone ... Ericson (uncredited)
Ricardo Montez ... New Zealand Pilot at Casino (uncredited)
Anne Ridler ... SS Torturer (uncredited)
Richard Shaw ... Johanson (uncredited)
Rita Tobin-Weske ... Norwegian Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
Jeremy Wagg ... Pilot Officer Reynolds (uncredited)
Katy Wild ... WAAF Officer in Bar (uncredited)
Chris Williams ... Goth (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Grauman  (as Walter E. Grauman)
 
Writing credits
James Clavell (screenplay) and
Howard Koch (screenplay)

Frederick E. Smith (novel)

Produced by
Cecil F. Ford .... producer
Lewis J. Rachmil .... executive producer
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ron Goodwin 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Scaife (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bert Bates 
 
Production Design by
Michael Stringer 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Schneiderman .... makeup artist
Tom Smith .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Albert Becket .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Stevens .... second unit director
Ted Sturgis .... assistant director
Terry Lens .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Roger Simons .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Norman Dorme .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Mickey Lennon .... chargehand dressing prop (uncredited)
Tony Rimmington .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Bramall .... sound recordist
Teddy Mason .... sound editor
J.B. Smith .... sound recordist (as J. B. Smith)
 
Special Effects by
Tom Howard .... special effects
Jimmy Harris .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Crewdson .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Atcheler .... camera operator
John Wilcox .... additional photography
Steve Birtles .... gaffer (uncredited)
Arthur Evans .... still photographer (uncredited)
Geoff Glover .... camera operator (uncredited)
Tony Spratling .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brian Owen-Smith .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Peter Elliot .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Martyn K.E. Green .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
Bert Rule .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... transportation chief (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hamish Mahaddie .... technical advisor (as Group Captain T. G. Mahaddie D.S.O. D.F.C. A.F.C. R.A.F. {Ret'd})
Constance Willis .... continuity (as Connie Willis)
Sean Barry-Weske .... military advisor (uncredited)
 

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102 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System) | Stereo
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | New Zealand:G | Norway:16 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2003) | USA:Approved

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:I killed him, Hilde. He was in the building, and I knew it.
Hilde Bergman:You knew they were torturing him. You stopped it. Erik cannot thank you, Roy. So I thank you for him.
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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV)See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Fall in for the blood pumping joy of De Havilland's Mosquitoes., 4 March 2008
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

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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