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Eagles Over London (1969)

La battaglia d'Inghilterra (original title)
PG | | Drama, War | January 1973 (USA)
In World war 2, a German undercover unit infiltrates British lines during the evacuation of Dunkirk, 1939. The film revolves around their successes and failures in disrupting R.A.F. operations during the Battle of Britain.

Director:

Enzo G. Castellari

Writers:

Tito Carpi (story), Vincenzo Mannino (story) (as Vincenzo Flamini) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Frederick Stafford ... Captain Paul Stevens
Van Johnson ... Air Marshal George Taylor
Francisco Rabal ... Martin Donovan
Evelyn Stewart ... Meg
Luigi Pistilli ... Maj. Krueger
Renzo Palmer ... Sgt. Donald Mulligan
Luis Dávila ... Jacques
Christian Hay Christian Hay ... Gaston
Jacques Berthier Jacques Berthier ... Colonel Smith
Teresa Gimpera ... Sheila
George Rigaud ... British general
Eduardo Fajardo ... German officer
Ugo Adinolfi Ugo Adinolfi
Umberto Di Grazia Umberto Di Grazia
Ricardo Valle Ricardo Valle
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Storyline

During the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, a team of German saboteurs assume the identities of dead British soldiers and are transported to England. Their first objective is to cripple British air defences by destroying radar stations. Though the identities and whereabouts of the saboteurs are unknown, a team of British soldiers is set up to track them down and abort their mission. While the Battle of Britain rages overhead, the final confrontation takes place as the German team are about to blow up the RAF Fighter Command control centre.

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A true story written in flame and fury ! See more »

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Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

Enzo G. Castellari original did not know what a "split screen" method was when he was asked to direct the effects sequences utilizing stock footage using a split screen method. He was shown the American films The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and The Boston Strangler (1968) which both utilized split screen. See more »

Goofs

When the conspirators are on the terrace of the pub, the Telecom Tower can clearly be seen in the distance to the left of Tower Bridge. Construction on the tower didn't begin until 1961. See more »

Quotes

Air Marshal George Taylor: Allow me to insist once again upon my request again for more radar positions. I ask that top priority be given to furnishing us with new stations.
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Connections

Referenced in Train Kept A-Rollin' (2008) See more »

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just pass
5 October 2020 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940. British soldiers fight bravely in a rear guard action. They encounter German soldiers dressed in British uniforms. They're killed and their identities stolen. The Germans secretly board the ships to England and work to sabotage the war effort. They zero in on the new radar installations.

No expense was spared in recreating Dunkirk. There are lots of extras and lots of explosions. Captain Paul Stevens is shown to have discovered the dead soldiers and he suspects infiltration. The problem is that he fails to catch the first guy. It seems like a great opportunity to confirm the situation to him so that when the higher ups refuse to accept it, it becomes even more intense. The fact that he gets full cooperation saps the movie of its potential tension. The other fact that an enemy gets so close to him detracts from the audience's opinion of the Captain. The problem is that the film loses intensity once they get home from Dunkirk.

There is a laughable miniature scene. There is bad history. The radar stations don't look like that. Most of them are located in remote places along the coast. The film becomes a lot flatter after a rip roaring start. The reinvention of the Battle of Britain gets to a wrong place. I guess that there is some good action. Even there, there is too much big dying in the shootouts. I'm willing to give this a pass for some fun action.


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January 1973 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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