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24 October 1969 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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 ... Civilian (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)
John Tatum ... Fighter Command Officer (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)
Fred Wood ... Rescue Worker (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)
Andrew Campbell .... sketch artist (uncredited)
Vernon Dixon .... set dresser (uncredited)
Roy Dorman .... assistant art director (uncredited)
John Fenner .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Michael Guyett .... trainee scenic painter (uncredited)
Charles Hammerton .... construction manager (uncredited)
Julián Martín .... painter (uncredited)
Peter Melrose .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Tony Reading .... set dresser (uncredited)
Norman Reynolds .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Tony Rimmington .... assistant art director (uncredited)
John Siddall .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sid Siddall .... production buyer (uncredited)
Ken Softley .... construction manager (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
John Allder .... camera maintenance: aerial unit
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)
John Robinson .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Mike Rutter .... focus puller (uncredited)
Danny Shelmerdine .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Jack Thetford .... electrician (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)
Del de la Haye .... production runner/asst to Claude Hudson
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)
Larry Belling .... unit publicist (uncredited)
John Blake .... technical flying adviser: sketch artists (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)
Adrian Gaye .... PR to Mr Saltzman (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)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:G | Finland:K-12 | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 (uncut) (DVD) | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1969) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (2004) (2005) | USA:G (certificate #22177) | West Germany:12 (cut)

Did You Know?

Over sixty percent of RAF Fighter Command aircraft, during the Battle of Britain, were Hawker Hurricanes. Due to the lack of Hurricanes in flying condition, when the movie was filmed, the bulk of the air-to-air combat scenes use the more famous (and better fighter) Supermarine Spitfire. During the actual battle, whenever possible, squadrons flying the Spitfire, would engage the German fighters, escorting bomber formations, while the lower-performance (but better gun platform) Hurricanes engaged the bombers. Shooting down German bombers was the critical key, since the bombers were attacking RAF airfields in the first phase of the battle, and cities after the Luftwaffe changed target priorities. The film accurately depicts the British need (and desire) to destroy bombers, to protect their air defense infrastructure, and later protect civilian targets. For similar reasons (the lack of working aircraft of the right type), Spitfires and Hurricanes are shown flying together in tactical formations, whereas in reality, RAF squadrons flew one or the other type of fighter exclusively. Due to different performance characteristics, the two aircraft would not fly and fight together.See more »
Plot holes: Archie parachutes and lands in a greenhouse full of primulas in full flower. Primulas are a spring flower (early spring if in a greenhouse) and the action at that point takes place in September.See more »
Sgt. Pilot Chris:[the British Spitfire pilots are having an easy time shooting down the feared German Stuka Dive Bombers] It's like shooting rats in a barrel.
Squadron Leader Canfield:*You'll* be "in a barrel", if you don't watch out for the *fighters*!
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43 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Their Finest Hour, 17 January 2000
Author: Britlaw from London UK

This has some of the best aerial fight scenes ever - 'Top Gun' nothwithstanding. If it has faults it is that it can sometimes be a bit dull as it is very historically accurate, as it was a very well documented battle and presumably because when it was made many of the participants were still alive (and some still are).

It might have been better if like the 'Dam Busters' it had adopted a rather more documentary style, rather than having ground based ficticious sub-plots.

There are no particular stars (save the aircraft) but many cameos and it is even handed to the Germans as well, who lost many brave men.

The bits I liked were, as one other has commented, British diplomat Ralph Richardson telling German Curt Jurgens (over tea of course) that we wouldn't be dictated to and the scene in the RAF command bunker as one of the biggest daily air battles develops, where Churchill (suggested only by a puffing cigar but very much a hands on war leader), on surveying the plotting board showing hundreds of attacking German aircraft, orders more reserves into the battle only to be told there are none left, everything we had was in the air or on the ground being refuelled.

If the technology looks dated now, we must not forget that at the time radar was ultra secret and definitely cutting edge - this was the start of electronic warfare.

I believe I am correct in saying the film opened on 15th September 1969, celebrated in the UK as Battle of Britain day and the actual anniversary of the Churchill incident above.

This was truly the finest hour of those young pilots and we did it all without American help or even a Yank guest star..........

PS Christopher Plummer is Canadian!

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