Historical reenactment of the air war in the early days of World War II for control of the skies over Britain as the new Luftwaffe and the Royal Air Force determine whether or not an invasion can take place.Written by
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Duxford Airfield, near Cambridge, agreed for one of its hangars to be destroyed for the movie. The hangar in question, was considered unsafe for preservation. The other three hangars are still intact, and are used as an air museum. See more »
When the Germans are strafing the airfield one plane flies towards the camera with the sound of guns firing. A moment later another plane crosses from the right, with guns firing and the charges simulating bullet strikes erupt beneath it as it flies by. Immediately afterwards, the charges that were supposed to be synched with the first plane go off in the direction of the camera. See more »
Air Vice Marshal Keith Park:
[on being told that the radar stations are out of action due to German bombing]
So we're blind, so now we've only got the Observer Corps!
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In some prints of this film, the scenes involving Hitler and the Nazis (not to mention other scenes in Polish) are not subtitled at all, and the audience watching the film has no idea what the Germans are planning. See more »
Being a WWII buff for 25 years, I found this movie to be easily one of the best ever filmed. From the very start of the film, Guy Hamilton's direction and the great musical score left me spellbound even when I knew how the story ended. The casting was flawless. Olivier looked like Dowding. Trevor Howard could pass for Keith Park's twin brother and I swear Goering himself had a small part in the film too. I've always wondered if Robert Shaw's role of the squadron leader "Skipper" wasn't patterned after famed RAF pilot A.G. "Salior" Malan. If it was, Shaw looks alot like Malan. "War in the Air" is one of my favorite pieces of music and it flows beatufully through the film. Great acting by Christopher Plummer, Michael Caine, and one of my favorites, Edward Fox makes this movie a must see for any WWII buff.
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