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on 20 April 2016
Good Buy!
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on 9 September 2015
This film is absolute rubbish with little or no basis in history. If you want a well-made account of the USAAF's experience in Europe in WW2 try Henry King's "Twelve O'Clock High" starring Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill and Dean Jagger. That screenplay was based on the experience of two men who actually flew operations and wrote their account before the revisionists and glory-hunters arrived. This is just awful.
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on 11 January 2016
Another great awesome war movie to complete my collection.
Impossible to find in Belgium. Thanks Amazon.
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on 27 March 2016
The film makers seem to have set themselves low standards and failed to reach them, poor by any standards.
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on 2 December 2014
An interesting war film but for my taste it was over the top in jingoism and the solitary English flyer was treated as though he was the village idiot which of cause he was not. Watchable but not one of the great war films.
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As a lesson in history, this film is awful. But as an enjoyable WWII bomber movie, it's quite good. A relatively low budget film, with a correspondingly unfamiliar cast, it nonetheless manages, I think, to deliver, as another reviewer elsewhere observes, 'first rate entertainment on a second rate budget.'

The film starts with Col. Greg Brandon (Christopher George) leading his bomber command home from another aborted night time bombing raid. A straggler, novice pilot Lt. Archer, gets out of formation, and is nearly shot down by the enemy. But disaster is averted by the timely intervention of a lone Spitfire. Brandon is cheesed off with Archer, for his poor piloting, and the RAF pilot, for his gung-ho attitude.

Back on the ground Brandon chews Archer out, and is after the unknown RAF pilot's blood. But he's soon forced to put these personal vendettas aside, as he's given the chance to put his long cherished dream of a huge daylight bombing raid into practice. The brass have been resistant to the idea, on account of assumptions of massive losses. But, as the film's tag-line advertises, even if Hitler knew the basic plan, he might not know where the blow would fall.

As history this is tosh. It was the RAF, not the Americans, who first did large daylight raids. And the very first one - about which a book was written that this film claims to be based upon - bombed Cologne, a civilian target, not the more ethically justifiable military target (a Focke factory) they attack in this movie.

But back to the film: Brandon's tough leadership is alienating his men, and the drama is as much (rather like 12 O'Clock High) about interpersonal chemistry and politics, as it is about the titular bombing raid itself. Laraine Stephens plays the appropriately gorgeous token love interest, and Gary Marshall play the token Brit, in the person of an RAF liaison officer, who just so happens to be the RAF knight in shining armour who peeved Brandon earlier on.

Ultimately Brandon ends up flying the mission himself, leading it in a plane with a crew that includes both Archer and Howard. The script is better than many a low-budget war movie, and the direction is good as well. I found I did care about the characters, as sketchily drawn as many of them are. The drama inherent in the story is well milked, and, whilst the denouement is predictable, the route there isn't.
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on 25 May 2015
As war films go it was watchable; bit over the top re solitary English flyer, he was treated as though he was the village idiot, which of cause he was not.
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on 21 January 2015
Poor film lacking quality of actors and production
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on 11 September 2016
Yes great WW2 USFA movie. Good action and drama
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on 1 January 2017
love these old brit classics
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