633 Squadron (1964)

“Blue Leader to all sections. Enemy anti-aircraft intact. Keep your eyes open. We’re going in.” – Roy Grant

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A squadron of RAF pilots are given the very dangerous mission of attacking Nazi rocket sites in Norway before they are able to be used against the Allied forces.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was quite interested to watch since the plot sounded very intriguing.

Unfortunately, the movie is made out to look and feel like a typical generic World War II film of the time and fails to give us something more.

The characters aren’t developed well enough which makes it much more difficult to actually care about any of them when they are on their dangerous mission.

The film does manage to give us some amazing flying sequences that are shot extremely well especially given the fact that this was made during the 60’s and are quite thrilling to watch.

The dialogue is written in a pretty sloppy fashion and things come across as being quite boorish and generic instead of heroic sounding which ends up taking so much away from the way that this kind of story should be seen.

Even the romance aspects of this film aren’t up to par.

It’s too bad that they failed to spend more time developing the characters and the story line here since this is a movie with so much more potential that they actually give us.

Bottom Line -Very generic WWII flying movie that unfortunately doesn’t manage to develop its characters enough for us to care about them. The flying sequences are great though and for its time, they definitely were able to show some very thrilling sequences. The dialogue is a bit boorish and typical and that takes away much from the way things are perceived.  The romantic aspects of the film are also done in a very mediocre way. The overall plot though is quite interesting and had they spent more time developing the characters and the story itself, they could have done a better job here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Cliff Robertson, an accomplished pilot, wanted to buy one of the Mosquitoes after filming had finished, as he was so impressed with the type. He was not permitted to do this but he later bought a Spitfire Mk IX which he owned until the late 1990s. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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5 thoughts on “633 Squadron (1964)

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  2. I liked this a lot better than Rob. Saw it when it came out – on a movie screen. Love WW II movies and this was a good one. True story. WW II “types” to be sure – but it worked – I can still remember a lot of it – and probably haven’t seen it in years – although I think I have it on DVD – although didn’t get as good a deal as J-Dub. The bomber jackets worn by the pilots left a lasting impression on me. Lived in LA for a long time – where I didn’t need one – but since moving back East… I bought myself one on ebay only last year. Maybe I’ll wear it the next time I watch the movie.


  3. Of note here is some of the special effects sequences and even a few lines of dialog were referenced to in the first Star Wars movie, so it’s actually quite a fun film to watch when you realize this and want to compare.


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