303 Squadron

303 Squadron

Denis Delic (2018)

103min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This Polish-made biopic tells the story of a squadron of Polish pilots that played a crucial part in the Battle of Britain. Emphasising the heroism of the real-life pilots, the movie displays a sincerity in its message that is, unfortunately, not matched by spectacle. It looks cheaply made, and struggles to balance a multi-language script that mires itself in melodrama. Plot points are abandoned with frustrating regularity, and characters' motivations aren't always that clear. The aerial combat is thrilling at times, although it's not always terribly clear, and again is held back by the switches in language. Star Maciej Zakoscielny is dashing as the maverick pilot with a past, but his romance with British intelligence worker Cara Theobold feels hollow and unresolved. It's an ambitious but flawed film; the true story behind 303 Squadron is a lot more interesting than this basic re-enactment.

Cast & Crew

Jan "Donald" Zumbach Maciej Zakoscielny
Witold Urbanowicz Piotr Adamczyk
Victoria Brown Cara Theobold
Witold "Tolo" Lokuciewski Antoni Krolikowski
Jagoda Anna Prus
Witold Paszkiewicz Jan Wieczorkowski
Stanley Vincent John Kay Steel
Athol Forbes Kirk Barker
Director Denis Delic
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Other Information

Language: English, Polish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Empire Film DistributionGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Nov 2018