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633 Squadron

633 Squadron

Walter Grauman (1964)

93min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This stirring wartime drama inevitably suffers in comparison with that other tribute to the Royal Air Force, The Dam Busters. The mission is less audacious, the casting less precise (Cliff Robertson as an American in the RAF and George Chakiris as a Norwegian Resistance fighter) and the theme tune (by Ron Goodwin) far harder to sing along to, though it's terrifically rousing. The flying sequences are undeniably more thrilling (particularly the Scottish Highlands training exercises), but they cannot compensate for the dullness of the Norwegian-set scenes, which smack of Hollywood's wartime vision of occupied Europe in which the Nazis resemble the Keystone Kops and romance matters more than heroism.

Summary

Concluded.

Cast & Crew

Wing Commander Roy Grant Cliff Robertson
Lieutenant Erik Bergman George Chakiris
Hilde Bergman Maria Perschy
Air Marshal Davis Harry Andrews
Wing Commander Tom Barrett Donald Houston
Squadron Leader Bill Adams Michael Goodliffe
Flight Lieutenant Gillibrand John Meillon
Flight Lieutenant Scott John Bonney
Flight Lieutenant Hoppy Hopkinson Angus Lennie
Flight Lieutenant Bissel Scot Finch
Flight Lieutenant Singh Julian Sherrier
Sergeant Mary Suzan Farmer
Flight Lieutenant Evans John Church
Director Walter Grauman
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD

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