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633 Squadron

Cliff Robertson , George Chakiris , Walter Grauman    VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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633 Squadron has enjoyed an unqualified string of successes. Their luck changes when they are assigned to bomb a German rocket fuel plant, in Norway which is guarded by heavy anti-aircraft defences, and the plant is considered bomb-proof. Their nearly impossible mission is further complicated by a German air raid, the difficult approach to the target and the capture and torture of the underground leader who is assisting the squadron.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mossies and their crews are the stars June 18 2004
By J.P.
Okay, I admit it - I excuse all the obvious failings of this forty-year-old film already noted by other reviewers because of the airplanes. DeHavilland's experience building high-performance airplanes from the original naturally-occurring composite material (wood) conserved strategic materials and produced the fastest airplane in the world for at least two years running during World War II. One of the few successful airplanes designed after the beginning of the war to be produced in quantity (over 7700 in dozens of versions in six factories on three continents), the Mossie is truly the star of this film. We may not think much of most of the scenes on the ground, but losses were a grim reality. The determination of the crews to defend their homeland and fight to liberate others while coping with their own fear and mortality shows us the best qualities of that great generation. Even if some of the acting was as wooden as the airplanes.
My biggest complaint about the show was the actual destruction of two or three precious Mossies (Robertson's two prangs and another plowing into a fuel bowser). I second the craving for better sound - for those of you who can't get enough of the sound of a Merlin or two singing that most beautiful and alluring of mechanical siren songs, visit [...] and go to "Donated Files." Scroll down to "Sounds," and get an earful. I turned up the computer speakers and played the "fly-past" clip, and my wife (upstairs in the bedroom) thought we had been buzzed!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Give these planes the Oscar... Jan. 13 2004
By patrick
Loved this film when I first saw it as a 9-yo ww2 airplane-crazy kid at a neigbors house, none of the limited special-effects taint it then, anymore than they did 'The Battle of Britain'. This movie is based on a book of the same name, I've never read the book, cant name the author, but the mission itself is an imaginary-one, but does reflect bits and pieces of actual Mosquito-bomber exploits in ww2: the mid-film raid on the Oslo Gestapo building to kill their own captured Norwegian-resistance friend before he can give it up under torture was resembling a job Mosquitos did in both Oslo and Copenhagen Denmark-tragically also hitting a school and killing many Danish school-children in that otherwise successful raid. One other famous Mosquito exploit was the aptly-named 'Jericho' raid on Amiens medieval prison in the French countryside, to blow -down the walls and release French resistance fighters held by the Nazis.This raid is imitated in the later film 'Mosquito Squadron', with David McCallum, which is a perhaps inferior film to this one, and re-uses some of 633's canned Mosquito flying footage.
The film is a fair-classic of the genre and like the even more atmospheric and heady (and true-fact) 'Dambusters', has a memorable and rousing score, this one by Ron Goodwin, who wrote many scores for war-films-this would be the best one, and is worth checking-out on your legal pay music download site, frankly(winks)
The comments by people here concerning the special-effects are true,as Ive attacked to some degree the special-effects of 'the Battle of Britain', 633 has more excuse, would have been far less ambitious lower budget. But the twin-merlin Mosquitos are as gloriously acoustically and visually British as Dambusters Lancs and 'Battle of Brits' Spits and Hurricanes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 633 Squadron gave their lives for D-Day Jan. 21 2004
By A Customer
633 Squadron is a great war movie to see. I read the back of my DVD version of this epic drama and I saw at the beginning of the story that the movie was based on a true story in WWII.
The Allies learn that the Nazis are building launch pads for their new V-1 rockets to launch againist the Normandy invasion, but the one thing that keeps them from launching is a special rocket fuel that they need from fuel factory located underneath a mountain inside a Norwegian fjord. The only way to stop the threat is send a group of Mosquito bombers to bomb the mountain because it has a earth fissure inside of it. If the bombers succeed, the mountain will bury the factory forever. Can Roy Grant and 633 Squadron pull it off? You'll find out in this exciting epic war drama. I recemend it for war movie buffs and model buffs too. Give this movie a try, those who liked Battle of Britain, will love this movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Seismic G-Spot Dec 9 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The last time I watched this movie, it suddenly occurred to me that its climax can be best explained in Freudian terms. Perhaps the power of these underlying sexual connotations, along with the unforgettable music, is the reason why this part of the movie -- despite its Airfix special effects -- is so impressive.
The lead-up -- the usual subplots about love in wartime and angst over the possibility of making the ultimate sacrifice-- is mediocre to say the least, but once the squadron skims off across the North Sea to destroy Hitler's heavy water producing plant in Norway, you can't help getting swept along.
Those familiar with the basic concepts of Freudianism will observe that to get to the target they have to fly up a fjiord -- a deep, wet inlet with obvious feminine connotations -- and, once they get there, they have to franticly 'fumble around,' bombing a mountain until they hit the equivalent of a seismic G-spot. When this is done the 'earth' truly moves as an avalanche of rock thunders down on the Nazis. The only thing to do for the few survivors is return to base and have that post-coital cigarette!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plywood
I was always under the impression that since many of the pre-war airframes had been built by furniture manufacturers; and that from the very beginning of aircraft specialist... Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2003 by Black Prince
4.0 out of 5 stars 633 Squadron
If you're English the first time you saw this movie was probably on TV whilst a Test Cricket match was rained off. This film must have been kept on permanent stand-by by the BBC. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2003 by David A. Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars A Treat for Aviation Buffs !
This film seems to have attracted a number of interesting, positive reviews--there is little for me to add except to say that is is a fine World War II thriller, featuring Cliff... Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2003 by peterfromkanata
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I like Cliff Robertson. What a movie. The music and photography are outstanding. I like these old war movies. This is a good one.
Published on July 22 2003 by kametamorphic
5.0 out of 5 stars A film that makes you feel your flying with them
I was 9 years old when I first saw 633 Squadron. I think I must have watched it 20 or more times. My greatest joy was when I have had the priviledge of working with its director,... Read more
Published on June 4 2003 by John Lyle Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Please buzz me with that Mosquito!
Well I am an American, but I love the British planes and movies. This cast I think is mostly British and do a splendid job of acting. Read more
Published on May 8 2003 by C. A. Luster
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for Mossie lovers
While this film succeeds as a classic high adventure war movie, the use of actual Mosquitoes was indeed the real attraction. Read more
Published on July 9 2002 by Steven Cain
4.0 out of 5 stars Twin Rolls Royce Merlins at full power sound great!
A good aircraft war movie for the period,the main star of the film are the aircraft. Highly recommended for any one who enjoys the sights and sounds of the great De Haviland... Read more
Published on May 10 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun WWII movie with great flying footage
Ditto to the reviewers who gave this film high marks for the great footage of the vintage RAF Mosquito fighter-bombers. Read more
Published on March 25 2001 by J. Taylor
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