Historical reenactment of the air war in the early days of World War II for control of the skies over Britain as the new Luftwaffe and the Royal Air Force determine whether or not an invasion can take place.Written by
John Vogel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This movie became regarded as a patriotic tribute to "the few", that many of those involved in the production, actors, and technicians, reduced their normal fees to work on this movie. Much of the large budget went toward the acquisition, restoration, modification, maintenance, and operation of the vintage aircraft. See more »
At 55:11, the Luftwaffe co-pilot is observing a map of Scotland, where Edinburgh is clearly seen, however this would be pointless as they are bombing south east England. See more »
Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding:
Gentlemen, you're missing the essential truth. We're short of 200 pilots. Those we have are tired, strained, and all overdue for relief. We're fighting for survival. Losing. We don't need a big wing or a small wing. We need pilots. - And a miracle.
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In some prints of this film, the scenes involving Hitler and the Nazis (not to mention other scenes in Polish) are not subtitled at all, and the audience watching the film has no idea what the Germans are planning. See more »
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Lyrics (unused) by Eric Maschwitz
Music by Manning Sherwin
Played on jukebox at the Jackdaw Inn and later on the radio at the hotel See more »
A very good watch
A movie commonly praised while in the air but damned once the scenes move to the ground. I found it all watchable and quite inspiring. Not every actor rises above cameo level, but Michael Caine is good, and I would follow Robert Shaw into the thick of any battle fought in human history. The battle scenes are still the best aerial combat sequences on celluloid.
It's odd that Maltin gives this movie fewer stars than the Europroduction "Blue Max", with its staged-looking combat sequences and campily awful dialogue.
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