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633 Squadron [VHS] [1964]

Cliff Robertson , George Chakiris , Walter Grauman    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Cliff Robertson, George Chakiris, Maria Perschy, Harry Andrews, Donald Houston
  • Directors: Walter Grauman
  • Writers: Frederick E. Smith, Howard Koch, James Clavell
  • Producers: Cecil F. Ford, Lewis J. Rachmil, Walter Mirisch
  • Format: Dolby
  • Language: English, German
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: MGM
  • VHS Release Date: 29 May 2000
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CHZZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,197 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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During World War Two, the 633 Squadron are sent to Norway to destroy an overhanging cliff which will demolish a bomb factory below run by the German forces. The squadron Wing Commander (Cliff Robertson) must work with the leader of the Norwegian resistance (George Chakiris) towards the common goal of keeping the Nazis in check.

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Robertson, an avid flyer in real life, plays a combat-weary pilot whose R.A.F squadron is ordered on an apparent suicide mission to destroy a Nazi rocket fuel plant tucked deep into a Norweigian fjord. To make the film which is based on a true story, a squadron of legendary Mosquito fighter bombers was resurrected from near extinction. Dazzling flying sequences, bone shattering sound and superb special effects help make this one of the most realistic air combat films ever to reach the screen.

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dig the Mosquito!! 4 Oct 2004
This was one of my fave films ever when I was 11, along with the Dambusters and Battle of Britain. I didn't notice the fairly naff special effects or at times bad acting, but I was taken with the Mosquito and the the ending where 633 Squadron fly up the fjord and try to blow up the V2 rocket fuel factory.
Seeing it 10 years later, I still very much enjoy it, but notice the faults (the naff effects etc) but it doesn't take away from a very enjoyable film. The parts where they discuss the mission and train for it are all well done, and the flying scenes (apart from the dodgy models) are well done. The parts with the squadron leader and the resistance cell's leader's sister are pretty bad though.
I'd definately recommend this, along with Battle of Britain and The Dambusters as a great war film, and a chance to see some great aeroplanes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "You can't kill a squadron." 11 Jan 2009
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
From the days when the Mirisch Corporation could do no wrong and when James Clavell was still a screenwriter rather than a bestselling novelist, 633 Squadron is a well crafted, unpretentious and enjoyable boys own adventure about a Mosquito squadron (led by imported American star Cliff Robertson) on a suicide mission against a Nazi factory located in a Norwegian fjord. A playground favourite in the pre-Schwarzenegger days if ever there was one (come on, how many of you pretended to be bombers while humming the theme tune when you were kids?) with a finale that reputedly influenced the climax of Star Wars, it's hard to make a case for it being a great film. But while the clichés fly thick and fast, it still makes for an entertaining guilty pleasure for all overgrown schoolboys.

The widescreen 2.3:1 transfer is decent without being spectacular, with the original trailer the only extra.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 633 Squadron 27 Oct 2003
My first of many viewings of this movie, was during a rained off test match. The BBC seemed to have this film on permanent standby for rainy cricket matches in our beautiful summers. If you have a love of WWII aircraft especially the wonderfull Mosquito this is a must. The plot is a little predictable, and takes a while to get going. But hey you can always fast forward to the flying scenes. Having an American lead actor is dissapointing but ulitmately this does not detract from film as a whole. I wholeheartedly reccomend this film, especialy for a rainy summer afternoon when the weather has ruined a days cricket.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sigh for a merlin 30 Sep 2013
Format:VHS Tape
The obligatory American (a wooden Cliff Robertson) as the dramatic and romantic lead, a supposedly Norwegian co-star who looks about as Norwegian as Omar Sharif, cardboard characters who make up the rest of the cast, a great theme tune that becomes tedious through constant use, dodgy special effects (how do they manage to make those Mossies bank while the horizon stays level?)...

And yet... the film's dark and scrappy opening, with a group of Norwegian resistance getting massacred while a British plane takes off from a field in the nick of time, immediately followed by that thunderous Ron Goodwin opening music, the billowing white cloudscape and the blood-red title script - "THE MIRISCH CORPORATION.. 633 SQUADRON..." and, last but not least, the sound of the wonderful Merlin engine and those beautiful, beautiful Mosquitoes, blasting over the English countryside and screaming down those Scottish glens...

whose life is the poorer for having seen it?
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Mosquito Lovers Everywhere 14 Nov 2004
It's a pretty naff film (even for its era). The model and special effects were pretty poor - even then.
The HUGE plus for warbird afficandos are the last three airworthy Mosquitos roaring across the screen. It was the last time - and now at time of writing (Nov 2004) there are no airworthy Mossies - so the film records their wooden wonder passing.
Ron Goodwin's stirring "633 Squadron March" is a gem to go with the flying sequences.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 633 Squadron 2 Jun 2003
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A marvellous film if only for the super flying sequences of that great aircraft "The Mosquito"
On the downside its suffers from the same casting trade-off that most British war films have to make...... It has to feature a Yank as the principle hero so that it could make money from the US box office!! Still worth buying though
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars ! 2 Oct 2004
By Terrier
Anybody who has watched Star Wars (the original first film from 1977) will realise, watching the climax of this film, what a great deal of inspiration George Lucas got from it when he filmed the destruction of the Death Star. It features exactly the same narrow fjord like attack path, bristling with AA guns, and the one bomb that really does the business, after most of the attackers bite the dust ! Great fun.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The most underated war film ever! 25 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
633 squadron does not have the greatest plot and the ending is fairly predictable, but do not let this put you off. The special effects still look convincing, and the performances of all the cast are particularly strong. The characters are well developed and are not one dimensional or cliched which is often the case in films of this nature. The script aptly portrays the emotions and attitudes of the airmen and manages to avoid producing situations that force the audience in to a collective cringe. The only exception being the rather unconvincing romance between the leading man and leading lady. This part of the story gives the impression of having been thrown in to fill out the film. However this is not a massive fault and romantics may have a different opinion. The ending will not suprise the viewer but neither does it stoop to sickly Hollywood standards (the director, to his credit, avoids this throughout), it is certainly not unbelievable and is undoubtedly moving. The flying and battle sequences are breathtakingly filmed and the soundtrack compliments the action perfectly. This film is marvelous entertainment but most importantly it is a fitting tribute to the courage of the airmen whose stories are told in this movie.
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