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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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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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The greatest adventure since men fought on earth...or flew over it ! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 July 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

633 Squadron See more »

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Box Office

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

The film's opening prologue states: "This story is inspired by the exploits of the Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Mosquito air crews during World War II." See more »

Goofs

The first view of the squadron headquarters shows two guards. When the squadron commander arrives, both guards render a rifle salute (Present Arms). The one on the left executes it correctly (bottom edge of the rifle facing front). The one on the right does not (bottom edge facing to his left). 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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Referenced in Hold the Sunset: Birthday (2018) See more »

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Watch this one for the Mosquito's
5 August 2001 | by CorfmanSee all my reviews

This film which begins with its blood pumping Ron Goodwin's musical score and the cloud opening sequences fire's it's beginning, then lets one down with it's almost 'World War II pulp comic book' screenplay.

However...watch this film for its remarkable footage of one very remarkable aircraft, the film's real stars.......the exciting, beautiful, fast, deHavilland Mosquito's. The dialogue is sometimes painful to recall, the story could have been better written, but the flying sequences recalls many real Mosquito W.W. II exploits as a pinpoint high speed strike aircraft, such as the real historical attack at rooftop height in France on the Gestapo headquarters freeing the many French Resistance prisoners standing out foremost. Why could the story not revolve around this real historical exploit, among many others?

Cliff Robertson's real life flying experience bleeds through somewhat, but we are wishing more. The romantic subplot?...fast forward the video through this. Also the kinky Gestapo woman interrogating Chakiris! Enjoy the Goodwin score, as the Mosquitos practice for there mission in the Scottish highlands, and the sound of those Merlin engines. Love those planes! '633 Squadron' is a keeper, but for aircraft buffs only really.

Corfman


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