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.
When the Germans are marching into Dunkirk, they are accompanied by several vehicles. These are actually American: M2 Half Track Car fitted with a German MG34 machine gun, and a M37 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage fitted with a heavy anti-tank gun instead of the regular Howitzer.
Senior civil servant:
Churchill puts great faith in radar.
Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding: It's vital, but it won't shot down aircraft.
Senior civil servant: Ha... well I must say you don't, exactly exude a spirit of optimism.
Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding: God willing we will hold out minister.
Senior civil servant: I see. So I tell the cabinet, that you're trusting in radar...
English subtitles show a complete lack of understanding of the RAF in the war. Stanmore is repeatedly shown as 'Danmoor'. Biggin (Hill) is shown as 'Big Wing' and 'Begin', Hornchurch is completely missed off. Ventnor is misspelled, 'break left' is shown as 'brave left', 'lazy shower' as 'lazy shover' and so it goes on.
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