“It’s a peculiarity of the female that she can only relax by being busy.” – Squadron Leader Barry Clinton
Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Nov 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A group of pilot in the RAF need to deal with technical and administrative issues while the Battle of Britain wages on in the skies above them.
My Take on it – This is another film that I came across by accident and knew nothing about before watching it.
They do a nice job showing how the atmosphere was for pilots and those that assist them during the trying days of The Battle of Britain during World War II.
We get a nice view of the camaraderie and spirit of things quite well by the way things are presented here.
The movie ha a great cats led by Jack Hawkins, Michael Denison and John Gregson who each show different aspects of the importance of the work of pilots in the air and on the ground.
They do a great job wavering between the ground actions and the aerial ones which helps give the viewer a much broader scope of everything that transpired during this battle.
Loved the way that this film shows how the various aspects of the crew need to work together in order to be more successful during a battle like this one.
The film depicts some very realistic battle scenes that help make things slightly more powerful to watch unfold.
Bottom Line – Intriguing film that is able to capture the spirit and camaraderie of fighter squadrons quite well. The cast is superb with Hawkins, Denison and Gregson doing wonderful jobs with the roles they are given. The story wavers back and forth between the aerial battles and the administrative aspects of logistics on the ground and is able to give us a fuller view of all of the bits and pieces that need to come together during a battle like this one. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was used as part of the RAF Initial Officer Training at RAF Cranwell (at least until the 1990s), as it deals with the conflict of man-management of others versus having to perform the task as well, whilst put in a setting that would be relevant to future officers. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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