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Release Date:
24 October 1969 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Harry Andrews ... Senior Civil Servant

Michael Caine ... Squadron Leader Canfield

Trevor Howard ... Air Vice Marshal Keith Park

Curd Jürgens ... Baron von Richter (as Curt Jurgens)

Ian McShane ... Sgt. Pilot Andy

Kenneth More ... Group Capt. Baker

Laurence Olivier ... Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding
Nigel Patrick ... Group Capt. Hope

Christopher Plummer ... Squadron Leader Colin Harvey

Michael Redgrave ... Air Vice Marshal Evill

Ralph Richardson ... Sir David Kelly - British Minister to Switzerland

Robert Shaw ... Squadron Leader Skipper
Patrick Wymark ... Air Vice Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory

Susannah York ... Section Officer Maggie Harvey

Michael Bates ... Warrant Officer Warwick
Robert Flemyng ... Wing Cmdr. Willoughby

Isla Blair ... Mrs. Andy
Barry Foster ... Squadron Leader Edwards
John Baskcomb ... Farmer (as John Bascomb)

Edward Fox ... Pilot Officer Archie
Tom Chatto ... Willoughby's Assistant Controller
W.G. Foxley ... Squadron Leader Evans

James Cosmo ... Jamie
David Griffin ... Sgt. Pilot Chris

Jack Gwillim ... Senior Air Staff Officer
André Maranne ... French NCO (as Andre Maranne)
Myles Hoyle ... Peter
Anthony Nicholls ... Minister
Duncan Lamont ... Flight Sgt. Arthur
Nicholas Pennell ... Simon
Sarah Lawson ... Skipper's Wife
Andrzej Scibor ... Ox
Mark Malicz ... Pasco
Jean Wladon ... Jean Jacques
Wilfried von Aacken ... Gen. Osterkamp (as Wilfried Van Aacken)
Reinhard Horras ... Bruno
Karl-Otto Alberty ... General Jeschonnek - Luftwaffe Chief of Staff (as Karl Otto Alberty)
Helmut Kircher ... Boehm
Alexander Allerson ... Maj. Brandt
Paul Neuhaus ... Maj. Föhn
Dietrich Frauboes ... Field Marshal Milch (Inspector General, Luftwaffe)
Malte Petzel ... Col. Beppo Schmidt (Luftwaffe Intelligence)
Alf Jungermann ... Brandt's Navigator
Manfred Reddemann ... Maj. Falke
Peter Hager ... Field Marshal Albert Kesselring
Hein Riess ... Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring
Wolf Harnisch ... Gen. Fink (as Wolf Harnish)
Rolf Stiefel ... Adolf Hitler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nikki Van der Zyl ... Dubbing (voice)
Paul Angelis ... Albert (uncredited)
Graham Armitage ... Radar Officer (uncredited)
Hilda Barry ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Nicky Beaumont ... Pilot - Föhn's Crew (uncredited)
Kate Binchy ... Grace (uncredited)
A.J. Brown ... Air Observer (uncredited)
Günter Clemens ... Pilot - Falke's Crew (uncredited)
John Comer ... Policeman (uncredited)
Basil Dignam ... Tactical Records Officer (uncredited)
Eric Dodson ... RAF Officer (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Soldier (uncredited)
Meriel Forbes ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Gareth Forwood ... Alistair (uncredited)
Paddy Frost ... Edith (uncredited)
Brian Grellis ... RAF Cpl. Ernie (uncredited)
Michael Guest ... General Staff Officer (uncredited)
Barry Halliday ... 'A' Station Pilot (uncredited)
Paul Hansard ... Karl (uncredited)
Vincent Harding ... ADC to Hitler (uncredited)
Pat Heywood ... WRAF Cpl. Seymour (uncredited)
Stuart Hoyle ... 'A' Station Pilot (uncredited)
Desmond Jordan ... General Staff Officer (uncredited)
Geoffrey King ... Air Observer (uncredited)
Jack Le White ... Archie's Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Illona Linthwaite ... Wendy (uncredited)
Reg Lye ... Workman (uncredited)
David McKail ... Lac Arnold (uncredited)
Harald Meister ... Pilot - Föhn's Crew (uncredited)
George Merritt ... Civillian (uncredited)
Hilary Minster ... Pilot - Falke's Crew (uncredited)
Ingo Mogendorf ... Pilot - Falke's Crew (uncredited)
Richard Morant ... Replacement Pilot - Red Section 'Red 2' (uncredited)
Richardson Morgan ... British Embassy Valet (uncredited)
Steve Morley ... Boy Watching Archie's Parachute Landing (uncredited)
Christopher Morris ... Boy (uncredited)
Geoffrey Morris ... Air Observer (uncredited)
Douglas Nottage ... Sergeant Pilot - Föhn's Crew (uncredited)
Hugo Panczak ... Pilot - Falke's Crew (uncredited)
Clifford Parrish ... Kelly's Butler (uncredited)
Eileen Peel ... Lady Kelly (uncredited)
David Quilter ... 'A' Station Pilot (uncredited)
Pam Rose ... WAF in the plotting room (uncredited)
George Roubicek ... Sergeant Pilot - Falke's Crew (uncredited)
John Savident ... RAF Officer (uncredited)
Clive Scott ... 'A' Station Pilot (uncredited)
Kathleen St. John ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Frank Sussman ... ADC in Intelligence Maps Office (uncredited)

Nick Tate ... RAF Pilot (uncredited)
Reg Thomason ... RAF Sergeant (uncredited)
Chris Tranchell ... 'A' Station Pilot (uncredited)
Paul Tropea ... Peasant Boy (uncredited)
Rosetta Tropea ... Peasant Girl (uncredited)
Michael Trubshawe ... Air Observer (uncredited)
Alan Tucker ... Charlie (uncredited)
Franz Van Norde ... Pilot - Föhn's Crew (uncredited)
Dagobert Walter ... Hans Falke (uncredited)
David Webb ... RAF Officer (uncredited)
Peter Wesp ... Pilot - Föhn's Crew (uncredited)
Alister Williamson ... Air Raid Warden (uncredited)
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Directed by
Guy Hamilton 
 
Writing credits
James Kennaway (screenplay) and
Wilfred Greatorex (screenplay)

Derek Dempster  book "The Narrow Margin"
Derek Wood  book "The Narrow Margin"

Produced by
Benjamin Fisz .... producer (as S. Benjamin Fisz)
John Palmer .... associate producer
Harry Saltzman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ron Goodwin 
 
Cinematography by
Freddie Young (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bert Bates 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
 
Art Direction by
Maurice Carter (supervising art director)
Bert Davey 
William Hutchinson 
Jack Maxsted 
Gil Parrondo 
Lionel Couch (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... chief makeup artist
George Frost .... chief makeup artist
A.G. Scott .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Claude Hudson .... production manager (as Claud Hudson)
Agustín Pastor .... production manager: Spain (as Agustin Pastor)
Sydney Streeter .... production supervisor
Bernard Williams .... production manager: aerial unit
Denis Johnson Jr. .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Bracknell .... second unit director
Derek Cracknell .... first assistant director
Terence A. Clegg .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Mike Gowans .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Jenkins .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Garth Thomas .... first assistant director: aerial unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Colin Grimes .... storyboard artist
Brian Ackland-Snow .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Terry Ackland-Snow .... draughtsman (uncredited)
William Alexander .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Dennis Bosher .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Timothy Bryan .... set dresser (uncredited)
Vernon Dixon .... set dresser (uncredited)
Roy Dorman .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Julián Martín .... painter (uncredited)
Tony Reading .... set dresser (uncredited)
Tony Rimmington .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Alan Tomkins .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Gus Walker .... construction manager (uncredited)
Frank Willson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gordon Everett .... sound
Teddy Mason .... sound editor (as Ted Mason)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound (as Gordon McCallum)
Jim Shields .... sound editor (as James Shields)
Ron Davies .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Pat Gilbert .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Ken Reynolds .... boom operator (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ray Caple .... special effects
Cliff Richardson .... special effects
Glen Robinson .... special effects
Wally Veevers .... special effects
Nick Allder .... assistant: Glen Robinson (uncredited)
Wally Armitage .... special effects (uncredited)
Alan Barnard .... special effects (uncredited)
Ron Burton .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Colin Chilvers .... junior assistant: Glen Robinson (uncredited)
Peter Dawson .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Rodney Fuller .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Jimmy Harris .... special effects (uncredited)
Peter Hutchinson .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Malcolm King .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jack Mills .... special effects director of photography (uncredited)
Robert Nugent .... special effects (uncredited)
William Plampton .... special effects technician (uncredited)
John Richardson .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Brian Warner .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Roy Whybrow .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Martin Body .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Richard Conway .... model handler (uncredited)
William Creighton .... carpenter: model aircraft and cockpits (uncredited)
Alf Levy .... special photographic mosaics (uncredited)
Roger Turner .... assistant modeler (uncredited)
Ronnie Wass .... optical effects (uncredited)
Brian Wilsher .... model art finisher (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Huke .... director of photography: second unit (as Bob Huke)
David James .... still photographer
John Jordan .... aerial photographer
Skeets Kelly .... aerial photographer
George Pearman .... electrician
Chic Anstiss .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Robin Browne .... focus puller: aerial unit (uncredited)
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator (uncredited)
John Morgan .... focus puller: aerial unit (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... still photographer (uncredited)
Mike Rutter .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Carl Fox-Duering .... casting: Germany
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Dabbs .... wardrobe mistress
John Wilson-Apperson .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Timothy Gee .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Andy Smith .... first assistant editor: second unit (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
William Walton .... composer: additional music
Eric Tomlinson .... music recordist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer: main title
David Bracknell .... aerial director
Hans Brunstellin .... technical and tactical advisor: Germany (as Col. Hans Brustellin)
B. Drobinski .... technical and tactical advisor: British (as Sqn. Ldr. B Drobinski)
Carl Fox-Duering .... dialogue director: Germany
Franz Frodl .... technical and tactical advisor: Germany (as Major Franz Frodl)
Adolf Galland .... technical and tactical advisor: Germany (as Lt. General Adolf Galland)
Tom Gleave .... technical and tactical advisor: British (as GP. Capt. Tom Gleave)
'Ginger' Lacey .... technical and tactical advisor: British (as Sqn. Ldr. Ginger Lacey)
Claire Legge .... technical and tactical advisor: British (as Wg. Cdr. T. Claire Legge {W.R.A.F.})
Hamish Mahaddie .... technical and tactical advisor: British (as GP. Capt. Hamish Mahaddie)
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
Robert Stanford-Tuck .... technical and tactical advisor: British (as Wg. Cdr. Robert Stanford Tuck)
Robert Wright .... technical and tactical advisor: British (as Wg. Cdr. Robert Wright)
Douglas Bader .... advisor: British military (uncredited)
R.D. Coles .... pilot (uncredited)
Derek Coyte .... director of publicity (uncredited)
Dave Curry .... pilot: Hawker Hurricane (uncredited)
Duane Egli .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
June Faithfull .... continuity: second unit (uncredited)
Lefty Gardner .... pilot (uncredited)
David Haft .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Jeff Hawke .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Joan Kirk .... continuity: second unit (uncredited)
Josephine Knowles .... continuity: aerial unit (uncredited)
Quentin Lawrence .... aerial unit director (uncredited)
R.B. Lloyd .... pilot (uncredited)
Gerald Martin .... pilot (uncredited)
M.R. Merret .... pilot (uncredited)
Tim Mills .... pilot: Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane (uncredited)
Lloyd Nolen .... pilot (uncredited)
J.M. Preece .... pilot (uncredited)
D.J. Spink .... pilot (uncredited)
S. St.J. Homer .... pilot (uncredited)
Peter Townsend .... advisor: British military (uncredited)
Janet Turner .... production secretary (uncredited)
Mike Vickers .... pilot (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Battle of Britain" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
132 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (French release)

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Trivia:
This film's dedication is in "In tribute to the Allied pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain."See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Set in 1940, the German army's convoy in Nazi-occupied France contains at least three Mack B-Series trucks, which were only built from 1952 to 1966. The Germans are also shown riding in US half-tracks.See more »
Quotes:
Wing Cmdr. Willoughby:[hanging up the phone and looking down at the plotting table, showing a large number of RAF Squadrons in place to intercept a Luftwaffe raid on London] This should give them something to think about!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Battle in the AirSee more »

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62 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
What this film is really about, and some trivia., 22 May 2004
Author: fg52home from Bury, Lancashire

This film was an attempt to deal with the crucial events of 1940, when Britain might have been invaded and oppressed by Nazi Germany. Had this succeeded then subsequent history might well have been very different, a Europe subjugated by the dark evil of that regime.

As a straight historical account this film fails rather badly. Most of the characters are artificial, created for the Stars and stars involved. Dowding and Park, historically absolutely crucial, never develop properly - a pity. Goering is cartoonised, but at least reflects his total failure to conduct a strategic assault on the UK.

The flying sequences are, mostly, superb. It was a huge achievement to bring together the aircraft used. As an enthusiast I can pick massive holes in those used. None of the 'German' aircraft have correct engines - they were post-war Spanish Air Force stand ins. And that's before we start on the late war mark Spitfires etc. But who cares? The point is the conflict in the air. It is not close enough to 'real' aerial combat - 10 seconds of terror in 60 mins of boredom. But that is the nature of the cinema medium.

The distraction of Suzanne York (BTW she's not trying to get divorced!) in full 40's u/wear was very exciting when I was 16. At 52 I suppose it still gives me the odd moment!

And look for the hanger being 'bombed' behind Suzanne York and Kenneth More, it really WAS blown up at Duxford - boy, were they cross!

The revisionist historians like to claim that the (actual) Battle of Britain was not that important. That the Germans couldn't have crossed the Channel anyway because of the Royal Navy (probably, but not necessarily so. With air supremacy JU87s would have massacred RN vessels). That the Germans already had eyes on Russia and really wanted to ignore GB as a sideline, possible and a fatal mistake. That the Germans lost the battle, rather than the RAF won it (no statistical basis for this, the Luftwaffe smashed itself against the RAF).

But the Battle WAS fought, and won by the RAF.

Which is why I believe this film is worth a viewing.

Especially the Walton scored sequence, where the Luftwaffe's bombers are hacked down by the Hurricanes and Spitfires of the RAF. An impressively moving sequence of the horror of war in the air. To which the music adds enormously.

I place this film well ahead of the 1990's Memphis Belle travesty in depicting the reality of war. It is certainly on a par with 12 O'Clock High.

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