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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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  (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)

Maureen Lipman ... Radar Operator (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)

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)
John Siddall .... 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 Butcher .... sound maintenance: radio communications (uncredited)
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)
Rick Lester .... action crew (uncredited)
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)
Trevor Coop .... clapper loader (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)
Chris Olsen .... model aircraft operator
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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132 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (French release)

Did You Know?

Towards the end of the film, a British Spitfire flyer shoots down a German bomber, which then falls over central London before crashing into a railway station. This actually happened, (although the fighter used in the real incident was a Hurricane, not a Spitfire and the bomber was a Dornier Do17 rather than a Heinkel 111). The RAF pilot didn't shoot the bomber down, though; he had run out of ammo when he spotted the bomber apparently trying to attack Buckingham Palace. In desperation, he rammed the bomber, taking off the tailplane. The fuselage then crashed into Victoria Station. Incredibly, he managed to parachute to safety. His own plane rammed into the ground at 350 mph. It was buried so deep that the authorities just left it there. In May 2004 the former RAF pilot was on hand as the remains of his aircraft were unearthed to make way for a new water main. Remarkably, part of the incident was captured on film, the tailplane fluttering down and the fuselage section (minus the wings outboard of the engines, which were torn off by aerodynamic forces) plummeting towards the ground.See more »
Factual errors: (at about 49 minutes) Susannah York is told to put her cigarette out because the gas mains was leaking. Meanwhile there are already fires burning all around.See more »
Senior civil servant:Churchill puts great faith in radar.
Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding:It's vital, but it won't shot down aircraft.
Senior civil servant:Ha... well I must say you don't, exactly exude a spirit of optimism.
Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding:God willing we will hold out minister.
Senior civil servant:I see. So I tell the cabinet, that you're trusting in radar and praying to God, is that right?
Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding:[chuckles] more accurately the other way round. Trusting in god and praying for radar. But the essential arithmetic is that our young men will have to shoot down their young men at the rate of four to one, if we're to keep pace at all.
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83 out of 90 people found the following review useful.
A Historic event recreated with skill and wit., 10 July 2003
Author: jlpicard1701E from New York, NY

Perhaps not many new viewers of this gigantic recreation are aware of the fact that this movie was filmed almost 30 years after the actual events took place.

The efforts to put History on screen were huge. Everything in this account of the facts, comes directly from those who were actually involved in it: from the British and German fighter aces to private Londoners, they all contributed to make this not just another "war movie", but rather a dramatized documentary with accurate precision.

This by no means signifies that it is just that. The sky battles were very carefully choreographed, in accordance to rules of combat, which were followed in the 1940s. Some planes were flown by the same veterans, so that when you see a Messerschmitt Bf-109 followed by Spitfire Mk 1, you know it's for real.

The technical efforts were immense and although the Messerschmitts have reworked engines and even the Heinkel He.111s have different aerials and engine specs, because they were updated by the Spanish Air Force for later use after World War Two, the difference is barely noticeable when one watches one of those spectacular aerial battles.

On the whole, this is a history lesson about how a people, isolated from the rest of the world, and in a minority position, withstood the overwhelming crushing machine of the Axis: the Luftwaffe.

More than a movie, this is a celebration to those brave people, both civilian and military, who did commit themselves against all odds, to resist and fight back a very aggressive and dangerous enemy.

This, together with "The Longest Day", "Sink the Bismarck!", "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and "A Bridge Too Far" is one of those rare examples to make history come to life again and should be considered as didactic material for schools.

An excellent multi-national cast and a skillful direction, make this a masterpiece of its genre.

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