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  • A poor rehash
    I've seen these scenes in so many different movies that I got bored and
    turned it off. It was just a poor copy of other good movies. (Like 633 squadron)....more info
  • I Need To Learn To Read The Reviews First!
    I bought this on the fly (no pun intended)at a local store, then watched it , then ran to Amazon.com to read the reviews. Yup, it's all been said before. This is a clone of 633 Squadron, even down to the plane crash and the hook-handed pilot.

    The two-pilots-love-same-woman reminded me of Pearl Harbor.

    Still, some good acting and good flying footage. Worth a view if you can buy it cheap....more info
  • Great DVD of a Poor Movie
    CONCERNING THE DVD:

    Yet another MGM quickie, containing the film in its correct 1.66:1 aspect ratio with some nicely restored video elements. The footage from other films that was edited in looks poor. The 2.0 Mono soundtrack is in good shape. There are basic subtitles in French and Spanish, scene selections as well as a beat-up trailer.

    CONCERNING THE FILM: (from my website, www.angelfire.com/film/eurowar)

    The always-overrated David McCallum is one of the few good things in this low-budget World War II adventure piece, yet another quickie from Oakmont Films.

    Sometime prior to D-Day - probably early '44 or '43 - a Mosquito Squadron is sent to bomb a V-1 rocket installation in France, when Squadron Leader Scott (David Buck) is shot down and presumed dead. His second-in-command, Quint Munroe (who just happens to be like a life-long brother to him) has to return to England and tell his beautiful blonde wife (Suzanne Neve) the sad news. As one would expect, Munroe and Mrs. Scott slowly fall in love. But when Munroe is chosen to lead a mission to bomb a new V-3 development center, things will chance quite a bit - because Scott is a prisoner held at the target fortress!

    From start to finish, "Mosquito Squadron" is a total hack-job - literally. The story is filled with enough contrivances and clich¨¦s to drive any mildly serious critic mad. Let us take a brief look at a 1964 film entitled "633 Squadron". In said film, a squadron commander has a best friend shot down over Norway, and falls in love with his sister. Later on, he is assigned to bomb the fortress where his friend is being held. Sound familiar? And that's not all our title film steals! Virtually all of the aerial battle footage is directly lifted from "633 Squadron", while the new footage is comprised almost entirely of horrible-looking miniatures hanging from far-too-visible wires.

    The writers have also directly copied another classic war film, "The Dam Busters". The feasibility of Munroe's mission revolves around a bouncing bomb, which will skip along the ground and roll into an open tunnel leading to the V-3 rockets. (I won't even mention how convenient it was to leave a big open tunnel to drop a bomb into). The real bouncing bomb (made famous in 1954's "The Dam Busters") was designed to skip on water to destroy Nazi dams - not the ground as is seen here! The idea of dropping a bouncing bomb on the ground is, simply, ludicrous and impossible. Introduction of this concept kills the storyline immediately.

    The low budget shows up in every action sequence: the French resistance force is comprised of a half-dozen men in berets carrying Sten guns, and only a handful of German guards enforce security at the "fortress". The forests are obviously cheaply furnished soundstages, and a face-off with an imitation German "tank" is ludicrously shot. We never really see much of the German-held Chateau, and when we do it never looks as though we're inside some high-tech development center a la "Operation Crossbow". The scenes set in England fare somewhat better, with some excellent scenes set at airfields and a rather rowdy officer's club.

    David McCallum and the cast of little-known English actors do a fair job, even though the no-frills script doesn't give them much to do. McCallum is a fair actor, nowhere near as great as his fans hail him to be, though. He was better suited for television than cinema, and that comes out in every scene. He often looks uncomfortable and awkward, but delivers his often banal dialog convincingly and with conviction. His scenes with Neve are often touching, even though audiences have seen this dozens of times before. There aren't any other actors worth mention among the ensemble, besides perhaps Charles Gray who would go on to play Blofeld in the James Bond film "Diamonds are Forever" a few years later.

    Oakmont Productions financed a number of cheap British war films in the late 1960s and early 1970s: "Attack on the Iron Coast", "Hell Boats", "The Last Escape" and "The One Thousand Plane Raid" among them. These quickies were best suited for TV viewing instead of theatrical release, but United Artists picked them all up and put them on the big screen. Anyone expecting a classic here - or in any of the aforementioned pieces for that matter - is in for a big disappointment. Check out "633 Squadron" instead.
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  • No, No, No, No!!!
    I don't care what others may say about the capabilities of the director, producer, cast, cinematographer...nothing, and I mean NOTHING is capable of redeeming this sappy production. The scenes utilizing miniature buildings look like they should be under a Christmas tree, with the only good aspect of the film being the flying scenes borrowed from 633 Squadron. David McCallum is an expressionless bore, while the action scenes of the special bombs look more like elderly lawn bowling. Oh no! Look out Dave! When you bank your plane right your left wing is missing! Studio oversight or did they just figure we're all dumb enough not to notice?

    I give it 2 stars instead of one only because of the fact the story actually involves the Barnes Wallis designed Hi Ball weapons that were an off-shoot of the bouncing bombs he designed for the Dam Busters, even though they were to be used on water. Laughable at best...skip it....more info
  • This is a major skip
    This movie was recommended to me on the basis of the special effects with the Mosquito bombers. Don't believe it. The special effects are generally poor to mediocre. Their only saving grace is that the movie itself is so awful that they gain a modicum of respectability by comparison.

    Where to begin. The only response I have to much of this film is helpless laughter. As one example, the Germans drop a film canister at the hero's air base. Under normal circumstances, such a thing would be immediately scooped up by British intelligence and whisked off for review. But we are instead expected to believe that it is immediately screened right there, with the squadron leader and the grieving widow's brother (don't ask!) in attendance.

    Other details, such as the grieving widow who is permitted to go into the ex-squadron leader's office (and dayroom) to collect his personal effects - apparently she has pretty much free run of the air base. Her pain lasts approximately until she runs into David McCallum there (the replacement squadron leader, who also happens to be the ex-squadron leader's pseudo-brother). An interminable scene of the two of them riding bicycles in the park, but lacking the Burt Bachrach score. Then we have the hero and the grieving widow talking in a convertible while driving around the countryside - no wind noise and their hair does not move! It does not move! And she has BIG hair.

    There is one interesting point. I don't know whether or not George Lucas actually saw this film, but the bombing runs over the Nazi chateau and the nature of the target itself seem to strongly prefigure the equivalent bombing runs over the Death Star in Star Wars IV. If so, it would be the only positive effect this movie has produced.

    As for the acting, understand that we are not talking Olivier here. David McCallum reprises the emotive range he demonstrated as The Man From UNCLE, and the rest of the cast seems intent on living down to his example.

    There are many good WWII aviation movies set in the European theater - ......more info

  • Not as good as I remember
    Hey, I was six years old and this was the best movie I had ever seen on the big screen. So at 43 my tastes have changed a bit and the movie, although still cool, was not as spectacular as I remember. I know I know, you can never go home again can you.......more info
  • Patched together mess
    This is a scrapbook movie - a little taken from "Operation Crossbow", and parts of the rest from a better film about Mosquito bombers called "633 Squadron" and David McCallum's "Beatle" haircut is absurd. ...more info
  • Okay World War 2 air drama
    The most suprising thing about this movie is its date -1968 .It bears all the marks of a movie made in the UK about a decade or so earlier when the war movie was a staple ingredient of the British film industry

    The eponymous squadron of the RAF is tasked with carrying out a raid on a German occupied chateau in France where the Nazis are developing a new weapon ,the remote control bomb the V3 .They are utilising new and untested technology -a new type of bomb-and they are also having to cope with a moral dilemma as the Germans are holding several hundred allied troops as POW's in the cahteau and the raid will almost certainly kill those prisoners

    The direction by Boris Sagal is fine and the raid itself well executed within obvious budgetary restrictions .Acting is solid all round especially from David McCallum as the leader of the raid -who must also find tome to console the wife of his best friend who is missing in action-and from the always watchable Charles Gray

    The movie is old fashioned and some way short of top drawer movies in the genre ,such as The Dam Busters but its an okay time passer ...more info
  • A mediocre stew of every WWII-flick cliche - don't bother
    David McCallum, in the initial stages of his long slide down and out after his "Man From U.N.C.L.E" stint, stars in this hopelessly cliched WWII flying flick. As "Quint Munroe", he watches his Squadron Leader-wingman crash and burn. But wait - that wasn't just his Squadron Leader - it's his sort-of-brother! (Don't ask.) Crushed with guilt and remorse, his duty is to tell the dead pilot's wife. But wait - not only was this his best-friend and sort-of-brother's wife, she was HIS girlfriend first! Next, he must tell the pilot's parents, who are his sort-of-parents. Phew. What emotions all this raise, in everyone EXCEPT McCallum, who must have taken stiff-acting lessons from a fence-post.

    Naturally McCallum takes over the squadron, and naturally, they are selected for one of those "only you can do it" missions, this time taking out a "V3 and "V4" launch site/plant. Someone had watched "Dambusters" once too often, because they decide that the best approach is to use the "Barnes Wallis" spinning bomb - on a land target. But wait - in an entirely predictable plot-thickener, a German pilot literally drops a bit of info on them that gives them pause in their plans.

    OK, I stand second to NO one in my love of flying movies and Mosquitos are at the very top of my list. (Go read my review of "633 Squadron", please.) These just don't hack it, and the "outside cockpit" shots are really awful. The plot is tired, the acting is a cypher, and you know, I couldn't even be bothered to finish it. It's nice to see real airplanes instead of CGI (how long, o lord, how long will we be afflicted with THAT gimmick?), but it simply isn't worth it in THIS flick. Watch "633 Squadron" or "Battle of Britain" or "Dambusters" or "12 O'Clock High" or......you get the idea....more info