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Mosquito Squadron

3.3 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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David McCallum ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E.") stars in an epic adventure that perfectly captures the explosive action and emotional torment of war. With its astonishing special effects, stark cinematography and brilliantly choreographed aerial combat sequences, Mosquito Squadron catapults the viewer into the searing heat of battle! As Allied forces struggle against the awesome might of the German Luftwaffe, an even greater threat is posed by the destructive V3 rocket nearing completion at a secret testing center. The Royal Air Force's Mosquito Squadron gears up to destroy the site, but its leader, Quint Monroe (McCallum), becomes conflicted when he discovers that the air strikemay kill hundreds of British POWsincluding the squad's former commander!

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World War II aviation buffs may quibble with details in Mosquito Squadron, but they'll love it just the same. It's an average war movie, capably directed by Boris Sagal, who thrived in television before he was tragically killed by a helicopter rotor in 1981. At the peak of his post-Man from U.N.C.L.E. success, David McCallum plays a melancholy RAF ace, leading his squadron of De Havilland "Mosquito" bombers on low-altitude strikes over Nazi strongholds in Germany and France. His ground-based dilemma involves the grieving wife of his best friend, a fellow pilot presumed dead but later discovered alive with other POWs held at a French chalet where the Nazis are developing advanced V-class bombers. The RAF employs bouncing "highballs" capable of penetrating difficult targets, and the rousing climax doubles as a rescue mission and treacherous bombing run. Explosive action compensates for predictable melodrama, and Rocky Horror fans will enjoy seeing Charles ("the Criminologist") Gray as a stuffy RAF Commodore. --Jeff Shannon

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Product Details

  • Actors: David McCallum, Suzanne Neve, Charles Gray, David Buck, David Dundas
  • Directors: Boris Sagal
  • Writers: Donald S. Sanford, Joyce Perry
  • Producers: Lewis J. Rachmil
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008PC10
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,796 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mosquito Squadron" on IMDb

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A Kid's Review on January 31, 2004
Format: DVD
Mosquito Squadron is a good rip-roaring adventure of a war movie to watch on a rainy summer day. David McCallum is great in his role of Quint Monroe, a RAF pilot who fights one war in Europe and a personal one in his heart. During a bombing raid, Monroe's best friend, the squad's CO is shot down by German fighters who jumped them. Monroe tells his friend's wife, Beth, that her husband has been killed, sparking a romance that they had before the war. While Monroe is trying to get over the loss of his friend, the RAF Command learn that the Germans are close to completing their new V-3 rocket at a secret testing center near a ruined church. When Monroe and the squad get ready to bomb the church, a new threat comes their way, the Germans are holding a group of British POWs hostage, including Monroe's friend, who didn't die. Monroe becomes conflicted with himself, he must bomb the church before the rockets can be fired at London, but he also wants to save his friend and the other POW from massacare. Monroe manages to cool down and stages a daring raid on the prison with the help of the French Resistance and other RAF squadrons. One of Monroe's planes will bomb a section of the wall which the French will be able to make a daring raid on the prison compound and free the POWs. Will Monroe and the Mosquito Squadron pull the raid off? Will he be able to save his friend?
I have this movie on DVD and it plays great. If you liked the Battle of Britain with Micheal Caine and Trevor Howard, and 633 Squadron with Cliff Robertson and George Chakiris, you'll love Mosquito Squadron. Give this movie a try, you won't be disappointed.
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I loved 633 Squadron so much I decided to give this movie a shot. You can imagine my disappointment when I saw many of the same flying scenes borrowed from 633 squadron. I am a fan of David McCallum but this movie has trouble redeeming itself amongst good war movies.
It is a decent movie but if you are an avid fan of movies like 633 Squadron, Battle of Britain, and Memphis Belle, you probably will be disappointed. I'm afraid after one viewing I donated my DVD to the library.
The DVD quality is good and picture and sound quality are solid. I just wish that MGM had not tried to make the original movie so cheaply and borrowed so much from 633 Squadron and they had added some more well known actors and actresses to make it stand out.
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This movie is not supposed to be a carbon copy of its highly successful predecessor, "633 Squadron", yet, to one's horror, one discovers that the opening footage of the V-1 launch, flight and ultimate destruction in a London street, has been lifted straight from "Operation Crossbow" - and I only discovered THAT years after watching this movie several times on television.

One can take proverbial potshots (like the Germans at the Mosquito bombers flying at zero feet) at David McCallum for what people have described as his wooden, deadpan portrayal of Squadron Leader Quint Monroe, who appears relatively unemotional when reporting the "death in action" of his previous commanding officer, "Scotty" (David Buck), to his superior officer.

However, that would be an unfair criticism of McCallum: it would be unrealistic if he were to portray Monroe in a way that suggested that he had to adopt a certain persona just to please the audience (or the studio people) by playing a given stereotype. RAF fighter pilots were, in the eyes of the public, supposed to be suave and debonair, yet, as this film and "Battle of Britain" prove, they were ordinary people doing extraordinarily stressful jobs in extraordinary times. Hence, their emotions should reflect the environment of the characters the actors portray.

The most convincing portrayal is that of Charles Gray as the air commodore who tells Monroe to "chuck a bomb" in a tunnel next to a commandered French chateau in order to destroy V-3s (as they were referred to) being constructed in an underground chamber. My favourite line in the movie was when Monroe gave his reaction to the difficulty of the mission at the briefing: "[It's] like spitting into an air commodore's eye from an express train, sir.
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Being a huge fan of the De Havilland Mosquito, when I saw this on Netflix, I immediately ordered it. I mean, Mossies, and Ilya Kuryakin(David McCallum)? Gotta do it.
One of the opening scenes portrayed "London", but as a V-1 Doodle Bug flying bomb nears the end of its flight, there's a nuclear cooling tower....and the movie didn't improve. Surprisingly, the romance aspect of the film was one of the highlights....not a good sign. At least the makers of this film had the sense to borrow copious footage from the far superior "633 Squadron".
By the way, when in England, be sure to visit the De Havilland Museum at Lincoln Colney, just outside St. Albans, Herts. It's well worth the visit.
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Havent seen the DVD, but seen the movie on TV several times in the 70s, wasnt overly impressed then, so would be less so now.
If youve seen 633 Squadron, then watch this, yes, youve seen most of the aerial action in THAT better movie. This time is a hybrid mission involving rockets or rocket-fuel like '633, but with a potentially thrilling resistance-fighter jailbreak facilitated by the Mosquitoes blowing-down the walls with dambuster-style Upkeep/Highball bouncing-bombs as a bonus target: might seem they are borrowing from here and there of previous movies, but there really was an epic RAF operation against Amiens Prison housing French Resistance fighters during the war, known aptly as Operation Jericho, ( the walls came tumbling down)so its ok to overlap other movies when it also reflects fact, of course.
Anyway, its too low-budgety to do much, saves heaps with using the 633 Squadron sequences, much as movies like 'Midway' used the wonderful combat sequences from 'Tora Tora Tora', and has a melodrama that the dreadful 'Pearl Harbor' probably ripped off, the pilot disappears in combat, certainly KIA, brave late pilots buddy hooks-up late pilots foxy squeeze,they both feel bad about it, but they do it anyway, then dead-hero inconveniently has not been killed, is alive, shaken but not stirred,POW, but now pilot feeling bad about being busy with not-so-dead buddies lady, also has to fly-off and probably off the presumed-dead buddy for real this time himself as inevitable collateral damage with the Nazi target he has to drop bombs on to win the ruddy war.
If you like 633 Squadron, this is definately inferior but with many melodramatic similiarities,Cliff Robertson in '633 also had to grease one of the friendlies thanks to those horrid Germans, it lacks 633s stratosperic atmospheric soaring Ron Goodwin theme-music, and really, I wouldnt drop the dough unless you just cant get enough of the admittedly exciting and beautiful Mosquito bomber in any vehicle.
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