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Mission of Honor (2018)

Hurricane (original title)
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Mission of Honor is the story of Hurricane Squadron 303, a group of brave pilots who fought in the skies over England in WW2, not just to keep Great Britain free from the Nazis, but also to... See full summary »

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David Blair
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Credited cast:
Iwan Rheon ... Jan Zumbach 'Donald'
Milo Gibson ... John Kent 'Kentowski'
Stefanie Martini ... Phyllis Lambert
Marcin Dorocinski ... Witold Urbanowicz 'Kobra'
Krystof Hádek ... Josef Frantisek
Christopher Jaciow ... Zdzislaw Henneberg 'Dzidek'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hugh Alexander Hugh Alexander ... Rollo
Rod Arthur Rod Arthur ... Henry
Dan Burman ... Dacre
Drew Cain ... Horobin
Daniel Cech-Lucas Daniel Cech-Lucas ... Jimmy
Piotr Chadaj Piotr Chadaj ... Baczewski crew 1
Raphael Desprez ... Favier
Michel Diercks ... Weber
Anastasia P. DiLoreto Anastasia P. DiLoreto ... Betty Grable
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Mission of Honor is the story of Hurricane Squadron 303, a group of brave pilots who fought in the skies over England in WW2, not just to keep Great Britain free from the Nazis, but also to keep alive the very idea of their own country, which had existed in its modern form for barely twenty years before it was crushed between the opposing jaws of Germany and Russia. Equipped with the almost-obsolete Hurricane and (with some initial reluctance) given RAF blue uniforms, while they fought, Poland lived.

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In Foreign Skies They Fought For Their Country

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Action | Drama | War

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UK | Poland

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English

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17 August 2018 (Poland) See more »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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RAF Northolt (the home of 303 Squadron) was replicated at White Waltham airport (situated west of London) as Northolt had very few period buildings and no longer had a grass runway. See more »

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The squadron's first victory, while still in training, is a Dornier Kondor bomber (identifible by its twin motor and round cockpit with is front machine gun post). While it was first identified as such, it was later known it was a Messerschmitt Bf 110 when the remains of the plane were excavated in the 1980's. See more »

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A missed opportunity to make a worthwhile historical film
9 November 2018 | by dave_garfield-70593See all my reviews

Where to begin? This film is disappointing on so many levels.

To begin with the script must have been written by a teenager, or at best a millennial with no appreciation for how people spoke on the 1940s. Time and again words were used that brought me up with a bump and a cringe. "Thanks for the invite" is a horrible late 20th century replacement for "Thanks for the invitation". It just grates. And no one ever said "Roger that" in that era. There are other examples but I gave up on hoping for script authenticity after a short while.

But the absolute worst of this film was the total ignorance of aerial combat in the Second World War. Fighter pilots never EVER flew straight and level for more that 5 seconds at a time, and they were constantly swivelling their heads to scan the sky for the enemy. So to see Hurricanes and ME109s flying in a straight line with the pilots staring fixedly ahead like Sunday day-trippers in the middle lane of an empty motorway was risible in the extreme.

The combat scenes were created in CGI by kids who, again, have no clue as to how it actually took place. The Hurricane couldn't out-fly the ME109. The latter could out-climb even the more agile Spitfire, and though it couldn't out-turn a Spitfire it certainly could the Hurricane. So we were treated to scenes of 109s flying straight and level while Hurricanes picked them off and blew them out of the sky. That just didn't happen. Actually, the CGI fighter sequences in Star Wars were more akin to how it was, not the pedestrian sequences we were obliged to watch.

In fact anyone who has read anything about the Battle of Britain knows that the Hurricane was always sent to engage the slow-moving bombers. The German fighters that we're sent to protect them were taken on by the Spitfires. The high kill score for Hurricane squadrons was for bombers; hugely important because it was the bombers that did the damage on the ground. But of course that doesn't chime with the desired picture of sky-jockeys in one-on-one combat.

Oh, and the skin of the Hurricane was FABRIC not metal, so the sight of bullets spanging off the metal sides of these planes was completely incorrect. It's the Spitfire that had an aluminium monocoque fuselage.

And the women at the plotting table? The idea that one of them would countermand the instructions of the senior officer in charge of deploying the squadrons is ridiculous.

This film was a juvenile attempt at heroic storytelling that dismally failed, and made a bit of a mockery of the real Polish heroes of the RAF. The storyline was weak, the dialogue written by people with a tin ear for the period, and combat sequences that would have been acceptable if someone on the team had done just one hour's research.

And the final engagement between the hero's Hurricane and the 109? I won't deliver a spoiler but it was absolutely ridiculous.

For shame.


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