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Eagles Over London (1969)
"La battaglia d'Inghilterra" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  January 1973 (USA)
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In World war 2, a German undercover unit infiltrates British lines during the evacuation of Dunkirk, 1939. The film revolves around their successes and failures in disrupting R.A.F. operations during the Battle of Britain.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Frederick Stafford ...
Captain Paul Stevens
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Air Marshal George Taylor
Francisco Rabal ...
Martin Donovan
Ida Galli ...
Meg (as Evelyn Stewart)
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Maj. Krueger
Renzo Palmer ...
Sgt. Donald Mulligan
Luis Dávila ...
Jacques
Christian Hay ...
Gaston
Jacques Berthier ...
Colonel Smith
Teresa Gimpera ...
Sheila
George Rigaud ...
British general
Eduardo Fajardo ...
German officer
Ugo Adinolfi
Umberto Di Grazia
Ricardo Valle
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In World war 2, a German undercover unit infiltrates British lines during the evacuation of Dunkirk, 1939. The film revolves around their successes and failures in disrupting R.A.F. operations during the Battle of Britain.

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January 1973 (USA)  »

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Battle Command  »

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ESP 27,884,360 (Spain)
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Posters for "Battle Command" were entirely in black and white. See more »

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When the conspirators are on the terrace of the pub, the Telecom Tower can clearly be seen in the distance to the left of Tower Bridge. Construction on the tower didn't begin until 1961. See more »

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Referenced in Train Kept A-Rollin' (2008) See more »

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Great Suspense, Energy and Pizzaz
7 November 2002 | by (St. Davids, Pennsylvania, USA) – See all my reviews

Here we have, yes, another Italian war movie from the early 1970s. This one features a half-decent international cast and a slew of decent action sequences.

As the British evacuate Dunkirk, several German saboteurs infiltrate their forces. They kill a squad of English troops and take their ID tags. Frederick Stafford, the platoon leader, finds the dead men and realizes their IDs are missing. Upon returning to England, he heads efforts to locate the saboteurs before they can blow up radar installations along the coast.

The film boasts a good international cast: Frederick Stafford, though dubbed, is pretty good as the Hungarian-English Captain. Van Johnson does a corny bit as an English Air Marshall and even participates in a few aerial battles. Francisco Rabal is very good as the German officer who befriends Stafford; Stafford realizes who he REALLY is and must face him during the bone-shattering climax. Hottie Ida Galli turns in a good performance as Stafford's girlfriend. I must also note the presence of Luigi Pistilli as the German group leader. The man was marvelous in the Leone westerns and is very good here as well.

The battle sequences range from superb to incredibly corny. The dogfights involve live action, miniatures, and poorly edited black and white stock footage. The ground combat scenes are often confusing -- but exciting -- since the British and German infiltrators wear the same uniforms. Great cinematography -- this appears to be filmed on location in England is is done well. The music score is typical adventure type stuff but does the job. Much of the combat footage found itself recycled in Umberto Lenzi's FROM HELL TO VICTORY in 1979.

Overall, for a good cast and great direction by Enzo Castellari, I give it a 7/10.


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