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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When German fliers are seen to jump from their aircraft they are use parachutes of an Allied design. German parachutes had suspension lines that are joined above the airman's head and allied ones appear to eminate from either shoulder. See more »
All of the flying models of the Bf-109 were the version built under license to Spain with the upright Hispano-Suiza engine. It has the overhead cam covers on top of the cowling which would obscure some forward vision compared to the smooth-top cowling of the inverted array having the overhead cam mechanism on the lower portion. There were few flying versions of the original Bf-109s, likely too few to be deemed usable for the film at the time. 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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