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Battle of Britain

  • Drama
  • 1969
  • Guy Hamilton
  • 126 mins
  • PG

Summary

In 1940, the Luftwaffe launches a campaign of aerial attacks against Britain to gain control of the skies ahead of a planned land invasion. Under the leadership of Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding, the RAF mounts a determined defence over the summer and autumn, despite being heavily outnumbered and forced to match inexperienced pilots against German veterans. Second World War drama, starring Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Robert Shaw, Christopher Plummer, Harry Andrews, Trevor Howard and Curt Jurgens.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This worthy tribute to "the few" has spectacular air battles, a memorable re-creation of the Blitz and a terrific cast that includes Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer and Robert Shaw. It is interesting today to watch so many great names in the twilight of their careers: not just knights Ralph Richardson, Michael Redgrave and Laurence Olivier (as tight-lipped Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding), but also Trevor Howard (excellent as Air Vice-Marshal Keith Park), Harry Andrews, Kenneth More, Patrick Wymark, Nigel Patrick and Curt Jürgens. Most of Sir William Walton's original score was dumped and replaced by Ron Goodwin's music, but a tantalising fragment remains in the air battles.

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Credits

Cast

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Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh DowdingLaurence Olivier
Squadron Leader SkipperRobert Shaw
Squadron Leader Colin HarveyChristopher Plummer
Section Officer Maggie HarveySusannah York
Sergeant Pilot AndyIan McShane
Squadron Leader CanfieldMichael Caine
Group Captain BakerKenneth More
Air Vice-Marshal Keith ParkTrevor Howard
Air Vice-Marshal Leigh-MalloryPatrick Wymark
British Minister in SwitzerlandRalph Richardson
Baron von RichterCurt Jurgens
Senior civil servantHarry Andrews
Air Vice-Marshal EvillMichael Redgrave
Group Captain HopeNigel Patrick
Warrant Officer WarrickMichael Bates
Pilot Officer ArchieEdward Fox

Crew

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DirectorGuy Hamilton

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Released on
1969-09-15
Language
English
Guidance
edited for violence and language.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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