Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure.
Historical reenactment of the air war in the early days of World War Two 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
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The closing epilogue is a famous quote from Sir Winston Churchill. It states: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." - Winston Spencer Churchill. In some versions of the movie, the quotation differs from the above mentioned and instead reads, "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end, but it may be the end of the beginning." This quote is also attributed to Churchill, although it actually referred to the Second Battle of El Alamein in November 1942. See more »
During scenes shot in the British cockpits it becomes obvious that many of the British aircraft have been painted on the inside of the cockpit canopies. All the real aircraft are seen to gently rise and drop through out the scene, but the aircraft painted on the canopies stay put in their positions. Sometimes a distant aircraft will partially overlay the closer real aircraft. See more »
The present (2004) US DVD copies that have different main titles (as stated above) also have slightly different end titles with a different Churchill quote ("The end of the beginning" rather than the one about "the few"). Since William Walton originally was supposed to write the entire score, one might also presume that these alternate main credits were the ones originally intended before Maurice Binder and Ron Goodwin (whose Battle of Britain Theme over the end credits has been replaced with Walton music) were brought in. See more »
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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