The Christopher Plummer Movie Blogathon – The Battle of Britain (1969)

This is part of the Christopher Plummer Movie Blogathon being held over at

Tnx for letting me participate Sean!

“Never let me catch you doing a victory roll over my airfield again. Understood?” – Squadron Leader Colin Harvey

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Retelling of the first major aerial engagement between British and German forces in 1940.

My Take on it – I have always been a big fan of historical films and was looking forward to watching this film and learning much about the famous battle over the skies of England.

The idea is a brilliant one but the main problem here is that the movie doesn’t focus enough on set characters but instead tries to introduce us to such a large array of characters that we aren’t able to get to know them well enough and therefore care less what eventually happens to them during the course of the engagement.

I’m aware of the fact that warfare is meant to be chaotic and much of the action happens quite quickly but if we don’t have developed characters, it’s much more difficult to care what will occur to them in the film.

The aerial footage shot for this film is amazing and it’s too bad that such a lovely filmed movie lacks a clear storyline and character development.

many of the dog fight shots are superbly filmed which makes those parts of the movie worthwhile seeing.

Regardless, this film gives us a clear picture of the chaos of aerial battles and how difficult these kind of engagements are for both sides of the conflict.

To give you an idea of how vast a cast is used here, take a look at the cast list:

Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Curt Jurgens, Ian McShane, Lawrence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Michael Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Suzanna York, Robert Shaw, Edward Fox; and I’m sure there are other famous actors that appeared here that I missed.

Bottom Line – This is an interesting idea for a film because it gives us a look at an important historical event. The problem is the fact that it has too large f a cast and doesn’t manage to focus enough on specific storylines.   This gives us a very chaotic feeling and doesn’t allow the audience to really get to know and care for any of the characters. That being said, the aerial footage of the dog fights are amazing shot and despite the chaos of it all, we get a clear picture of how difficult this air battle was for both sides.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The large number of aircraft, collected for this production, made it the 35th largest air force in the world. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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