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633 Squadron (1964)

Approved | | War , Drama | 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 Julian Sherrier ... Flight Lt. Singh
Geoffrey Frederick Geoffrey Frederick ... Flight Lt. Frank
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Storyline

633 Squadron has enjoyed an unqualified string of successes. Their luck changes when they are assigned to bomb a German rocket fuel plant, in Norway which is guarded by heavy anti-aircraft defences, and the plant is considered bomb-proof. Their nearly impossible mission is further complicated by a German air raid, the difficult approach to the target and the capture and torture of the underground leader who is assisting the squadron. Written by Derek R. Watts

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War | Drama

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 July 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

A B25 bomber is used as courier plane See more »

Goofs

During the final attack, one of the Mosquitos is shot down and crashes into a rock in the fjord and explodes. Behind the explosion, the complete fuselage and tail flip unrealistically over the rock and onto the water See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Squadron Leader Adams: Well, at least the rockets won't happen.
Air Vice Marshal Davis: Of course they'll happen. But they won't start tomorrow, or this month or on D-Day, and that's important.
Squadron Leader Adams: Then what's it all add up to? All their sacrifice?
Air Vice Marshal Davis: A successful operation.
Squadron Leader Adams: But they're probably all dead. All 633 Squadron.
Air Vice Marshal Davis: You can't kill a squadron.
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Flawed classic with a brilliant score
10 December 2005 | by hylinskiSee all my reviews

I saw this when it first came out I was eight years old, and lived close to a WWII airfield south of London, so I was captivated by a film which gave me a wealth of fantasy to enjoy while I walked the then deserted runways of Kenley.

I have just watched the DVD. I still enjoyed the movie despite its many shortcomings. Probably the score has a lot to do with this. Ron Goodwin is a most under-rated composer. Only a master could base music on machine gun fire and end up with something so thoroughly uplifting.

Though this film does not bear excessive scrutiny, I have to applaud the hard-nosed portrayal of the fliers. It is my understanding that grieving is often a luxury in war, and one combatants did not allow themselves.

The parallel with Star Wars is valid. but the finale is something Lucas could not have contemplated without risking his box office takings!! You'll have to see it to figure out why. Oh and turn the volume up for the music.


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