Piece of Cake (The Complete Series)
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"Piece of Cake" takes the viewer from Chamberlain's broadcast, through the so-called phony war, the fall of France and finally, the Battle of Britain. "Cake" tells the story of these historic events, not on the grand scale of a "The Longest Day", but on a small, intimate scale. Life and death, love and war, sorrow and joys are told through the stories of the men (boys in many cases) of this squadron - individually and collectively.
"Piece of Cake" is an example of what British television does so well - the ensemble production. There are no stars in this series, except perhaps the half-dozen or so antique Spitfires rounded up to perform the aerial sequences. The cast assembled were relative unknowns, although some have subsequently became familiar faces to viewers of PBS series such as "Masterpiece Theater" and "Mystery". Certainly the absence of big-name stars contributes to the realistic feel of the series. You are meeting each actor and the character he portrays for the first time.
Another factor contributing to authenticity of the series was the way "Piece of Cake" was filmed.Read more ›
A point worth making is that at the begining of every war, the troops have to find out what works and what doesn't, often at the cost of lives. Tight formation flying was a case in point. Essential in WW1, deadly in WW2.
This is not your usual squadron of movie heroes. For starters, the squadron commander seems to spend more time working on the wine list than thinking about strategy. As for flying, he wants them to fly into battle in straight, wingtip-to-wingtip formations like a marching band. The pilots are for the most part upper class elites happy with the leader's 'fox and hounds' demeanor. Some of the pilots are not especially likeable, particularly "Moggy" , a boarding-school bully who, it turns out, is an ace killer. The one "Yank", a Canadian socialist and veteran of the Spanish Civil War, gets to smirk at the upper crust poseurs.
It's a good mix, and for the first six months of the war, there's not a lot of go at the Boche, and what is great about the series is the shock and surprise when the war begins in earnest. The battle scenes are as well done as the big screen "Battle of Britain", except we really know these characters by the time the real war hits. Some excel, some crack, and some pack it in. One character starts to speaking exclusively in quotes from Churchill speeches, unnerving the squadron adjutant. The final two episodes are very, very intense, and unlike Hollywood, the movie does not play favorites with who lives and who doesn't.
The Spitfire was the most beautiful plane ever flown, and we get good long looks at the real thing. The flying scenes are a treat. Great for grognards, but the story is well rounded and a good time should be had by all.
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I've owned this DVD in the past and loved it so much that when the old one was lost I purchased immediately.Published 2 days ago by Restlessone
Wrong mark of spitfires were used in the series but the acting and story are first rate.
I saw this originally on PBS in the late 80's and was pleased to fined some scenes PBS... Read more
I'll watch anything based on the Battle of Britain. This wasn't bad but definitely dated. If you like the style of 1980's drama it may be for you.Published on Dec 31 2013 by BlueHeron
I bought this movie for my husband. We had a not very good taped one. He watched it many times over and loved it. So I got him the DVD. He just loves it. Read morePublished on May 11 2013 by Sheila Nethercott
Great flying good glipse of the RAF spitfire pilots in the early months of WWII and the Battle of BritainPublished on Jan. 8 2013 by pannonius
Some of the most outstanding flying of fighters in WW II and a touching story of the heartaches of young boys coming of age and trying to be men.Published on Nov. 28 2011 by Eaglemont
If you like Spitfires then you'll like this one! It's full of Spitfires flying, landing, taking off, in combat, and some of the problems they encountered with the Spitfires.Published on April 12 2009 by Daniel Bailey