In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle vs. the Nazi Germany Air Force for control of British air space to prevent a Nazi invasion of Britain.

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Historical reenactment of the air war in the early days of World War Two for control of the skies over Britain as the new Luftwaffe and the Royal Air Force determine whether or not an invasion can take place. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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24 October 1969 (USA)  »

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The Battle of Britain  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Laurence Olivier took just £20,000 as his salary, considerably less than his normal payday. See more »

Goofs

(at about 33 minutes) The briefing to German airmen also incorrectly mentions Manston (Thames estuary) when the officer actually is pointing at the map roughly near Worthing - about 150km away on the south coast. See more »

Quotes

[Narration]
Winston Churchill: Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
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Connections

Referenced in BBC Proms: Prom 2: Music from Great British Films (2007) See more »

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Battle in the Air
Composed by William Walton (as Sir William Walton O.M.)
Conducted by Malcolm Arnold
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Cinema's Finest Hour
28 February 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Top drawer war film (indeed THE top notch war flick), in which our chaps (the Brits) give Jerry what-for over the coast of Blighty. Stiff upper lip rules OK as they scramble their Spits into the blue autumn sky, exchange tally-ho's over the intercom, bag a couple of Messerschmitts- and then head home for tea and buns.

OK, I'm biased. My grandfather fought in the battle. However it reminds us what really matters is not Holywood celeb tittle-tattle, but real life and death struggles for our world. As usual the Brits do it with class and dignity. Yes, the impression in the film that all foreigners are clearly bloody (except the Yanks, Canadians, and Anzacs) is perhaps a little dated. However it is a tribute to the heroism of a remarkable generation at a truly momentous point in history.


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