G | | Action, Drama, History
In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the U.K.
Despite the romanticized image of "The Few", in reality the RAF was almost as large as the Luftwaffe in 1940.
Military Police Corporal:
Don't any of you Jerries talk English?
Squadron Leader Skipper: Corporal?
Military Police Corporal: Sir.
Squadron Leader Skipper: Where are you taking those vultures?
Military Police Corporal: Officers to the mess. NCO's to the guard room, sir.
Squadron Leader Skipper: Like hell you are. They're responsible for all that, get'm to clean it up.
Military Police Corporal: But what about the officers, sir?
Squadron Leader Skipper: ...
gun repairman: ...
At the time of the Battle of Britain, most of the Spitfires still had the old straight-sided canopy (as seen on the Hurricanes) instead of the blown-out "Perspex hoods" canopy seen in the film.
The 2004 U.K. DVD release features two audio versions of the film: the original theatrical release audio featuring Ron Goodwin's score, and a secondary audio track with the restored William Walton/Malcolm Arnold score. A surviving member of the film crew painstakingly tracked down and restored the Walton session recordings.
English, German, Polish, French