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633 Squadron (1964)

Approved | | Drama, War | 11 July 1964 (Japan)
An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway. The factory supplies fuel for the Nazi effort to launch rockets on England during D-Day.

Director:

Walter Grauman (as Walter E. Grauman)

Writers:

James Clavell (screenplay), Howard Koch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Robertson ... Wing Cmdr. Roy Grant
George Chakiris ... Lt. Erik Bergman
Maria Perschy ... Hilde Bergman
Harry Andrews ... Air Vice Marshal Davis
Donald Houston ... Group Capt. Don Barrett
Michael Goodliffe ... Squadron Leader Frank Adams
John Meillon ... Flight Lt. Gillibrand
John Bonney ... Flight Lt. Scott
Angus Lennie ... Flying Officer Hoppy Hopkinson
Scot Finch Scot Finch ... Flying Officer Bissell
John Church John Church ... Flying Officer Evans
Barbara Archer Barbara Archer ... Rosie - Barmaid at Black Swan Inn
Sean Kelly Sean Kelly ... Lt. Nigel
Julian Sherrier ... Flight Lt. Singh
Geoffrey Frederick Geoffrey Frederick ... Flight Lt. Frank
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Storyline

633 Squadron of the RAF is tasked with an operation that is vital to the Allied invasion of France. They need to destroy a German base in Norway that is producing fuel for German rockets. It is an incredibly dangerous mission: due to where it is situated, getting to the base will require daring and precise flying and then there's the hordes of anti-aircraft batteries. The Norwegian Resistance are tasked with taking out the AA guns but if anything goes wrong with the plan it will be a suicide mission. Written by grantss

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 July 1964 (Japan) See more »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Mirisch Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A B25 bomber is used as courier plane See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the move the aircrews are walking under the wings of the bombers. Air and ground crew, indeed any person who works on propeller aircraft up to the current day, never walk under the wings but around them to to avoid being chopped up by propellers. This even applies when the propellers are not running to encourage this life-saving aircraft safety habit. See more »

Quotes

SS Torturer: I'm afraid we will have to persuade you. Take off his clothes.
[begins to rip Bergman's shirt]
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Edited into Mosquito Squadron (1969) See more »

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An Aviation Classic
10 August 2005 | by colin-barronSee all my reviews

I am a great fan of "633 Squadron" and have read a few articles about the making of the film so I can correct a few errors in previous postings.

In the original 1956 novel the central character was Wing- Commander Roy Grenville. This was changed to Wing - Commander Roy Grant for the film. The script did make it clear that Grant was an ex - Eagle Squadron pilot. A number of Americans did fly for the RAF during WW2. After Pearl Harbour the Eagle Squadrons were eventually transferred to the USAAF but some Americans stayed in the RAF so it is not totally implausible to have an American leading an RAF squadron.

I agree that the Greek American actor George Chakiris does not look very Norwegian! However the casting of these two American actors (Robertson and Chakiris) was done to ensure the success of the film at the American box office. British war films with all- British casts tend to bomb at the American box office. The 1969 film "Battle of Britain" was the most successful film at the UK box office when it came out but it was a financial disaster in most other countries. That was why the American role in "Operation Market Garden" was prominently featured in the 1977 film "A Bridge Too Far".

I agree that the ending was ambiguous. In Frederick E Smith's 1976 sequel "Operation Rhine Maiden" it was made clear that Wing Cdr Grant had survived the crash and become a POW - in the film it is not clear whether he had died or just lost consciousness.

All the Mosquitoes used in the film were obtained from No 35 Civilian Anti Aircraft Cooperation Unit in Exeter which retired its last Mosquitoes only a few weeks before filming began. These civilian - piloted Mosquitoes were the last in service anywhere in the world.

A total off 11 Mosquitoes were used in the filming though only four were airworthy . Three Mosquitoes were destroyed during filming.

A few of the Mosquitoes used in the film still exist though none are currently airworthy. The B-25 Mitchell used as the camera plane still exists albeit in a derelict condition at North Weald Airfield in England.


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