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Battle of Britain (1969)

In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the UK.

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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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$17,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Although it has often been said that the UK was alone after the Fall of France, this was not actually true. Every country in the British Commonwealth, apart from Ireland, had declared war on Germany in September 1939, while every country in the British Empire was automatically committed by King George VI's declaration of war on September 3, 1939. The UK was not even alone in Europe after the Italian invasion of Greece in October 1940. See more »

Goofs

English subtitles show a complete lack of understanding of the RAF in the war. Stanmore is repeatedly shown as 'Danmoor'. Biggin (Hill) is shown as 'Big Wing' and 'Begin', Hornchurch is completely missed off. Ventnor is misspelled, 'break left' is shown as 'brave left', 'lazy shower' as 'lazy shover' and so it goes on. See more »

Quotes

Section Officer Maggie Harvey: [to Squadron Leader Colin Henry] I'm just not cut out to wave a wet hanky and sooty stations.
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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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UNDER RATED!!!
29 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the most underrated films ever. Battle of Britain is a great movie about the glorius British Royal Air Force in their famous halt to a German invasion and their ability to stop the Germans from Bombing the cities out of existance. Some of the special effects are kind of cheesy but they didn't have Industrial Light and Magic. I'm very impressed about the Cinematography by Freddie Young. Why didn't he receive an Oscar nomination? The aerial photography was excellent. One complaint I will make about the DVD version is that the Main Credits have been changed, The music was credited to Sir William Walton in the DVD. On the VHS, Ron Goodwin composed the score, I don't know why they changed this on the DVD. They also changed the music at the end credits of the movie which I thought wasn't appropriate for some reason. Other than that, this is a great movie with a great cast.


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