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633 Squadron (1964)

Approved | | Drama, War | 11 July 1964 (Japan)
An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway. The factory supplies fuel for the Nazi effort to launch rockets on England during D-Day.

Director:

Walter Grauman (as Walter E. Grauman)

Writers:

James Clavell (screenplay), Howard Koch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Robertson ... Wing Cmdr. Roy Grant
George Chakiris ... Lt. Erik Bergman
Maria Perschy ... Hilde Bergman
Harry Andrews ... Air Vice Marshal Davis
Donald Houston ... Group Capt. Don Barrett
Michael Goodliffe ... Squadron Leader Frank Adams
John Meillon ... Flight Lt. Gillibrand
John Bonney ... Flight Lt. Scott
Angus Lennie ... Flying Officer Hoppy Hopkinson
Scot Finch Scot Finch ... Flying Officer Bissell
John Church John Church ... Flying Officer Evans
Barbara Archer Barbara Archer ... Rosie - Barmaid at Black Swan Inn
Sean Kelly Sean Kelly ... Lt. Nigel
Julian Sherrier ... Flight Lt. Singh
Geoffrey Frederick Geoffrey Frederick ... Flight Lt. Frank
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633 Squadron of the RAF is tasked with an operation that is vital to the Allied invasion of France. They need to destroy a German base in Norway that is producing fuel for German rockets. It is an incredibly dangerous mission: due to where it is situated, getting to the base will require daring and precise flying and then there's the hordes of anti-aircraft batteries. The Norwegian Resistance are tasked with taking out the AA guns but if anything goes wrong with the plan it will be a suicide mission. Written by grantss

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Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 July 1964 (Japan) See more »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Mirisch Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first aviation movie to be filmed in color. See more »

Goofs

A few scenes during the attack the planes can be seen strafing the German anti-aircraft crews on the each side of the mountains of the fjord. However that could only happen if the planes were directly attacking the anti-aircraft crews as the planes guns could not rotate or change direction. The aircraft guns were fixed to fire straight ahead only and the planes were flying directly down the middle of the fjord. See more »

Quotes

SS Torturer: I'm afraid we will have to persuade you. Take off his clothes.
[begins to rip Bergman's shirt]
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Referenced in Hold the Sunset: Birthday (2018) See more »

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Rather cliched, but with definite high points.
26 October 2003 | by KEVMCSee all my reviews

In the spring of 1944 an RAF Mosquito Squadron are ordered to attack a German rocket fuel plant in Norway. The mission involves flying up a heavily defended fjord and bombing a cliff overhang in an attempt to bury the factory, which is built into the rock.

I bought this on DVD in a '3 for £20' offer, as I had fond memories of it from childhood, and it had been around 20 years since I last remember seeing it. I have to say that it's not nearly as good as I remembered it to be. The plot is full of cliches and there's the inevitable love interest for the lead. That said, there are points to recommend it. Cliff Robertson gives another reliable performance as the Wing Commander in charge of the squadron, and there are equally dependable turns from Harry Andrews and Donald Houston. The numerous flying sequences with the Mosquito Bombers are expertly filmed, and it's a real bonus to finally see the film in its correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The special effects aren't bad for 1964, and Ron Goodwin's famous score underpins the whole venture.

The main problem that I have with the film is that it borrows heavily from 'The Dam Busters' in terms of plot, without ever scaling the heights (no pun intended) of that classic. It may have lush Panavision photography, better effects etc., but lacks the nail biting tension and expertly constructed drama of its predecessor. However, it's perfectly acceptable entertainment, if somewhat abrupt at the end.


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