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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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the story was pretty good. The filming was not that good. The planes I guess were toy planes or something.Published 13 days ago by T
Poor quality transmission from Amazon. The movie is very average as far as war movies go, but the lower data rate makes the movie unpleasant to watch. Read morePublished 17 days ago by ERW
If you enjoy WWII aviation, this is a good one. It is an old film with drama, action, and, of course, love.Published 1 month ago by Richard R. Follett
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