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Director:
Writers:
Tito Carpi (story) &
Vincenzo Flamini (story) ...
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Release Date:
January 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
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User Reviews:
Great Suspense, Energy and Pizzaz See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Frederick Stafford ... Captain Paul Stevens

Van Johnson ... Air Marshal George Taylor
Francisco Rabal ... Martin Donovan
Ida Galli ... Meg (as Evelyn Stewart)

Luigi Pistilli ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio Anelli ... Officer at RAF headquarter (uncredited)
Edy Biagetti ... Karl (uncredited)
Ángel del Pozo ... English airman (uncredited)
Alfredo Mayo ... English officer (uncredited)
Walter Patriarca ... Cameraman at Dunkirk (uncredited)
Alfonso Rojas ... English officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Enzo G. Castellari 
 
Writing credits
Tito Carpi (story) &
Vincenzo Flamini (story) &
José Luis Martínez Mollá (story) (as José Martinez Molla) &
Gilles Morris-Dumoulin (story) (as Gilles Dumoulin) &
Enzo G. Castellari (story)

Tito Carpi (screenplay) &
Vincenzo Flamini (screenplay) &
José Luis Martínez Mollá (screenplay) (as José Martinez Molla) &
Gilles Morris-Dumoulin (screenplay) (as Gilles Dumoulin) &
Enzo G. Castellari (screenplay)

Produced by
Edmondo Amati .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Francesco De Masi 
 
Cinematography by
Alejandro Ulloa 
 
Film Editing by
Vincenzo Tomassi  (as Vincent Thomas)
 
Production Design by
Alberto Boccianti 
Adolfo Cofiño 
 
Set Decoration by
Gianfranco Ramacci  (as Gianfrancesco Ramacci)
 
Costume Design by
Walter Patriarca 
 
Makeup Department
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... key hair stylist
Carlos Nin .... makeup artist
Josefa Pérez .... hair stylist (as Josefina Pérez)
Carlo Sindici .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Maurizio Amati .... production supervisor
Francesco Campitelli .... production manager
Francisco Enriquez .... production supervisor
Luis Méndez .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mariano Canales .... assistant director (as Mario Canales)
Giorgio Ubaldi .... assistant director: aerial unit
 
Art Department
Adolfo Cofiño .... architect
 
Sound Department
Gianni D'Amico .... sound mixer
Antonio Moretti .... boom operator
Pablo Pérez .... sound effects
Pietro Vesperini .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Eugenio Ascani .... special effects
Emilio Ruiz del Río .... special effects aerial unit
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giovanni Bergamini .... camera operator (as Gianni Bergamini)
 
Editorial Department
Gianfranco Amicucci .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Francesco De Masi .... musical director
 
Other crew
Isabel Mulá .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La battaglia d'Inghilterra" - Italy (original title)
"Battle Squadron" - , Ireland (English title) (imdb display title)
"Battle Command" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
Italy:110 min | Spain:115 min | USA:100 min | France:110 min | West Germany:116 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
At the time this was one of the highest budgeted films ever to be made in Italy (behind The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) which was partially financed with American money through United Artists).See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: A London bus wouldn't show LONDON on the roll sign for the route's endpoint, but rather a specific place within London.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Train Kept A-Rollin' (2008) (V)See more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Great Suspense, Energy and Pizzaz, 7 November 2002
Author: SgtSlaughter from St. Davids, Pennsylvania, USA

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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