The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain

DVD - 2003
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The story of the aerial combat battle of WWII, in which the Royal Air Force held off the German Luftwaffe.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, [2003]
ISBN: 9780792855576
0792855574
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Ba
Description: 1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: G

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ReadVoluminously
Aug 11, 2019

Partly fictionalized account of the actual Battle of Britain with well done flying sequences, including the occasional use of remote control models which formed the standard for special effects at the time of the film's production, and with the occasional use of flames and explosions hand-painted painstakingly on film frames.

The senior officer characters have the real names of the actual senior officers, but all of the junior officer and enlisted rank characters, the ones that do the flying and perform the operational ground duties, have fictional names. The general facts, incidentals, progress, and conclusion of the battle are, however, accurately depicted.

The "Me.109" aircraft in the film are the Spanish-built version of the wartime Luftwaffe fighter, and its difference is that instead of having the wartime German Daimler-Benz inverted-vee engine the Spanish version is powered by the British Rolls-Royce Merlin engine which gives the Spanish aircraft's nose a profile distinctly unlike that of the wartime Luftwaffe Me.109. This is rather ironic because the Merlin engine powered Britain's wartime Supermarine Spitfires and Hawker Hurricane fighters of the actual battle (and this remains true of the surviving British fighters flown in the film).

The Luftwaffe bombers are the Spanish-built version of the wartime Luftwaffe Heinkel He.111 bomber. But two of the battle's German bombers are, due to their rarity or extinction, missing from the film; these are the Dornier Do.17 and the Junkers Ju.88. In addition, as there were no surviving flying examples of the Junkers Ju.87 Stuka dive bomber, in the film flying scale models stand-in for them.

The closing credits list one of the actual pilots in the battle as an "Israeli," which is odd as in 1940 at the time of the battle the nation-state of Israel had not yet come into being.

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lindy919
May 13, 2019

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Bad movie with unending dog fight sequences and an idiotic Christopher Plummer subplot.
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greatflicks
Aug 27, 2017

Well done lots of action but I had a bit of trouble with catching everything being said. Kept having to turn the volume up then when action was happening I would turn down. Heavy English accent which was expected. Wife liked it more than I did, I am not much of a war movie person. I fell asleep while watching.

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JEDenner
Jun 13, 2017

Real airplanes, yes. As long as you're not bothered by Curtis P-40 Warhawks, with modified windscreens and engine cowlings, painted to look like ME109's. Nevertheless, an excellent representation of the air war over Britain.

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garycornell
Jun 16, 2014

Battle of Britain is exciting and true. The British Royal Air Force was protecting the skies over Britain. The German Luftwaffe thought it was a superior air power, but this movie proves otherwise. Michael Caine heads up a great cast but the real stars are all those pilots who courageously fought and drove the German planes away from British Airspace. Five Star Hero's and a fine memorial to the debt we all owe them.

davewex Feb 21, 2012

An excellent movie...the fighting scenes with the actual era aircraft was fantastic. This would all be CG in new movies.

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Koenigstiger
Jul 14, 2011

The Battle of Britain is an outstanding movie- one of the few truly great WWII films where the stories of both sides are told without any ridiculous, unnecessary vilification or irrlevant inclusions. Everything about this film is good from the cast to the use of all the real airplanes, not just old trainers with bad markings.

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