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Director:
Writers:
Tito Carpi (story) &
Vincenzo Flamini (story) ...
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Release Date:
January 1973 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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User Reviews:
Nice warfare movie packs thrills , spectacular scenes and historical deeds 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 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:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Enzo G. Castellari original did not know what a "split screen" method was when he was asked to direct the effects sequences utilizing stock footage using a split screen method. He was shown the American films The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and The Boston Strangler (1968) which both utilized split screen.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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Nice warfare movie packs thrills , spectacular scenes and historical deeds, 22 January 2011
Author: ma-cortes

WWII Italian/Spanish epic , this time about British airmen who prevented threatened Nazi invasion. Action,suspense and entertainment with an unit of Nazis (Francisco Rabal , Luigi Pistilli , among others) infiltrated on England . It commences at Dunkirk when a German band infiltrates British lines and unites the evacuation to Great Britain for the aim of conducting covert missions . As the Battle of Britain starts the Germans focus on attempting the sabotage new Allied Radar installations .A British Captain (Frederick Stafford ) tries to track down the Germans aided by a sergeant (Renzo Palmer) and under direct orders of a British Air Marshal (Van Johnson). It is 1940, and the diabolical mind of Adolf Hitler is planning to bomb England into submission to his warped dreams of a 'Fortress Europe'. Standing between Britain's freedom and Hitler's terrifying plans is the R.A.F - dedicated pilots who took to the skies in the face of overwhelming odds. The German Luftwaffe's planes outnumber the R.A.F's by more than 2 to 1 - 650 planes of the R.A.F. vs. 2,500 of the Luftwaffe! These odds , however, do not deplete the determination of the R.A.F. to stop Hitler, and as the Luftwaffe launches wave after wave of Heinkel 111 bombers against British cities, the R.A.F. responds, under the political leadership of Winton Churchill . Squadron Leaders lead the newest pilots of the R.A.F. into dogfighting with the Luftwaffe's experienced veterans, with the aim of driving Hitler's forces away from Dover's white cliffs for good .

This European co-production between Italy/Spain/France contains noisy action , wartime intrigue, explosions, shootouts, bombing and is quite amusing . But it's also a historical reenactment of the air war in the early days of WWII for control of the skies over Britain as a subject matter that deals with a vital period of world history as the new Luftwaffe and the Royal Air Force determine whether or not an invasion can take place . Well-made war-action/thriller/adventure/ Eurotrash film , is a standout in its genre : The Spaghetti-Italian warlike. This exciting movie gets lots of action, spectacular scenes , displays several extras and tanks, in fact, the production wishes thanks the British Ministry of defense and the Army general staff for their collaboration in making this film. Relentless plot twists ,in spite of some flaws ,the warlike action keep you breathless , thanks to suspense and acceptable widescreen aerial sequences , which will suffer on small television. Great aerial photography with nice special effects aerial unit by Emilio Ruiz Del Rio. Fine cinematography by Alejandro Ulloa of ¨Horror Express¨ and atmospheric score by Francesco De Massi. Rough,elegant Francisco Rabal is good as the group leader of the motley pack ,he along with Luigi Pistilli leads the misfit group of Nazis from behind enemy lines . Remainder casting has such a terrific plethora formed by several European actors , as French : Frederick Stafford ,Jacques Berthier ; Spanish : Teresa Gimpera , Luis Davila ,Eduardo Fajardo ; Italian : Luigi Pistilli , Ida Galli and Renzo Palmer , furthermore special appearance by Van Johnson as Air Marshall Taylor. The film takes part from American classic movies referred to Commandos genre ,just like :¨ Dirty dozen¨, ¨Kelly's heroes¨ and ¨Where the eagles dare¨ but especially of ¨ Battle of England¨ by Guy Hamilton . The picture is professionally directed by Enzo Girolami Castellari who made another good war film: ¨Inglorious bastards¨. He had a lot of hit-smash in the action cinema and Spaghetti as ¨Keoma¨ and ¨Go kill and come back¨, in fact the film is an Italian Western developed on the WWII. The pic will appeal to Eurocult fans and Italian-Spaniard production enthusiasts.

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