1960s Battle of Britain (1969)

Published on March 16th, 2007 | by Chris

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Battle of Britain (1969)


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On March 16, 2007
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Summary:

Overall, I doubt you'll see a more impressive assemblage of German and British WWII aircraft anywhere than this film. If you're a dogfight fan, or a fan of the more "methodical" war movies, this is a must see.

 

Battle of Britain (1969)1969's Battle of Britain is a pretty academic and mechanical look at the escalation of German bombing attacks in 1940 which we all know as "the blitz."  An all-star cast consisting of such names as Christopher Plummer, Michael Caine, Curt Jurgens, Laurence Olivier, Nigel Patrick, Robert Shaw, and more round it out.

But the real stars of this movie aren't flesh and blood at all, but the staggering number of aircraft (both real and F/X.)  Matter of fact while watching this you come to realize that the people are just kind of a sideshow to the absolutely amazing dogfight and air battle scenes.

Spitfires, Hurricanes, Me-109s, Stukas, Heinkels... the list goes on, and there are lots of them.  Lots of them seem to meet untimely demises as well, and I hope(!) they were replicas or prop pieces!  The F/X here are really quite good for '69, as you can believe it when you're shown 100's of Luftwaffe bombers coming after London.

Like I said, the air battle scenes are where this movie shines.  From the sound effects, to the incredible camera angles and views, to the pilot chatter, it's all good.

Especially interesting is the final battle scene, where the sound effects were removed and all you hear is the (albeit overly "pompous") musical soundtrack.  It comes out as a magical "airplane" ballet of sorts.

To be honest the non-aircraft parts of the film are rather mechanical in nature.  Even with such greats as Plummer, Caine, and Olivier, its obvious these scenes are just kind of "filler" for in between the raging sky conflicts.

There's also a lot of subtitled German, as we're shown the Nazi POV of things.  I mean a lot of subtitles (which I didn't pick up on at first since I had the TV "zoomed" in to fill the letterbox across the screen!)  And they're even more mechanical and academic than the Brits!

Overall, I doubt you'll see a more impressive assemblage of German and British WWII aircraft anywhere than this film.  If you're a dogfight fan, or a fan of the more "methodical" war movies, this is a must see.

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Featuring a "big stellar cast" (Variety), including Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Michael Redgrave, Robert Shaw, Susannah York and Edward Fox, Battle of Britain is a spectacular retelling of a true story that shows courage at its inspiring best...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: G (General Audience)
Brand: CAINE,MICHAEL
Manufacturer: MGM (Video & DVD)
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Michael Caine
  • Trevor Howard
  • Harry Andrews
  • Curd Jürgens
  • Ian McShane

Features

  • Factory sealed DVD

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Battle of Britain (1969) Chris

Summary: Overall, I doubt you'll see a more impressive assemblage of German and British WWII aircraft anywhere than this film. If you're a dogfight fan, or a fan of the more "methodical" war movies, this is a must see.

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



2 Responses to Battle of Britain (1969)

  1. Just a note on Turner Classic Movies Memorial Day schedule.  Set your Tivo’s (or DVR of your choice) and grab some corn!  The entire day, from pre-dawn to late night is nothing but war movies!  Here’s the rundown, and links to the WMB revie

  2. This is the first of a new category of reviews, namely Blu-Ray. Yeah, I finally got a Blu-Ray player to go with my new 1080p LCD (thanks extended warranty!) and I figure what better way to use it than to go back and revisit all these great war films

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