History Film / BattleOfBritain

6th May '17 1:47:14 AM Damar
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* UnreliableNarrator: The BBC broadcasts heard throughout the film, occasionally giving a somewhat... [[BlatantLies softer]] reporting of the events that we have just seen.

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* UnreliableNarrator: The BBC broadcasts heard throughout the film, occasionally giving a somewhat... [[BlatantLies softer]] reporting of the events that we have just seen. On the German side, an officer boastfully claims to have destroyed over half the British fighters in their first attack.
1st Oct '16 7:45:19 AM AgProv
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* OffTheShelfFX: A lot of scenes were very clever editing involving cutting between studio sets, live-action footage of preserved 1940-era warplanes, and FX iunvolving virtually off-the-shelf models of the Airfix type. Even in 1969, there simply were not enough preserved WW2-era aircraft to have live footage of massed German and British aircraft in the sort of numbers that would have fought over southern England in 1940. Scenes of lots and lots of German bombers in formation were done as model shots, using off-the shelf Airfix kits [[note]]Even in 1969, other manufactueers were available. But Airfix were nearest and most ubiquitous.[[/note]] of German aircraft. The kit-bashing element involved adapting the completed models to take small electric motors and batteries so that the airscrews moved authentically. Pyrotechnics were built into some models, which were adapted to break up in ways that would have been realistic for real aircraft and not for plastic kits, whose parts and assembly do not usually correspond to the way in which real aircraft are built and how they deconstruct if catastrophic breaking stresses are applied. [[note]]ie, when they are shot down or sustain critical damage in flight. [[/note]]



* WarIsHell: German and British pilots alike meet very unpleasant ends. One of the main characters is last seen trying ot bail out of a plane whlie his cockpit is engulfed in flames. [[GoryDiscretionShot We are told later that he bailed out and survived]], but suffered [[BodyHorror severe burns over most of his body]]. The aftermath of one air raid includes a row of dead Women's Auxiliary Air Force personnel covered by a tarp. Another scene shows that a church hall full of civilians (including the family of one of the main characters) shown in a previous scene has suffered a direct hit. By the end of the film, German and British pilots alike are shown to be badly strung out, the British units full of nervous newbies (most of the experienced pilots having been shot down by now) and the German units shown to be badly thinned by attrition (not receiving replacements as quickly as the Britons are).

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* WarIsHell: German and British pilots alike meet very unpleasant ends. One of the main characters is last seen trying ot to bail out of a plane whlie his cockpit is engulfed in flames. [[GoryDiscretionShot We are told later that he bailed out and survived]], but suffered [[BodyHorror severe burns over most of his body]]. The aftermath of one air raid includes a row of dead Women's Auxiliary Air Force personnel covered by a tarp. Another scene shows that a church hall full of civilians (including the family of one of the main characters) shown in a previous scene has suffered a direct hit. By the end of the film, German and British pilots alike are shown to be badly strung out, the British units full of nervous newbies (most of the experienced pilots having been shot down by now) and the German units shown to be badly thinned by attrition (not receiving replacements as quickly as the Britons are).
28th Aug '16 11:01:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* NazisWithGnarlyWeapons: The Luftwaffe takes center stage, but the Heer does make a few appearances as well.
30th Mar '16 7:51:37 AM AFP
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** DoingItForTheArt: in an early scene, a Spitfire does a victory roll, and the engine sputters while the plane is inverted. The early war Spitfires used a gravity-fed carburetor, and would actually stall out if flown inverted for too long.

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** DoingItForTheArt: in an early scene, a Spitfire Hurricane does a victory roll, and the engine sputters while the plane is inverted. The early war Spitfires and Hurricanes used a gravity-fed carburetor, and would actually stall out if flown inverted for too long.long. Indeed, this is exactly the reason cited by Harvey when he chews out the pilot for the maneuver later.
12th Oct '15 3:40:52 AM WillBGood
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* NewMeat: Several replacement pilots. Most get killed off fairly quickly (one on his first sortie) Only one lives long enough to become a ShellShockedSenior, he and one of two newbies who arrived just before the last big battle sequence are the only ones who survive the whole film.

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* NewMeat: Several replacement pilots. Most get killed off fairly quickly (one on his first sortie) Only one lives long enough to become a ShellShockedSenior, ShellShockedVeteran, he and one of two newbies who arrived just before the last big battle sequence are the only ones who survive the whole film.
9th Sep '15 9:48:07 AM BabyM
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* ShownTheirWork: the production company rounded up every flyable Spitfire and Hurricane they could, and simulated the Luftwaffe by using Spanish copies of the Me-109 and He-111 built under license.
** DoingItForTheArt: in an early scene, a Spitfire does a victory roll, and the engine sputters while the plane is inverted. The early war Spitfires used a gravity-fed carburetor, and would actually stall out if flown inverted for too long.
8th Aug '15 7:39:12 AM LtFedora
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* DrillSergeantNasty: We see a German NCO drilling his squad for the amphibious assault.
-->"Move, or I'll force you to swim across the channel!"
7th Jul '15 4:55:10 PM Deadbeatloser22
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** Seemingly played straight by Colin Harvey, who doesn't sound British at all... but [[GeniusBonus if you look at his uniform carefully]], it is revealed that he's actually Canadian. This is never brought up in dialogue.
** Canadian Christopher Plummer insisted on having the "Canada" flash on his uniform.

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** Seemingly played straight by Colin Harvey, who doesn't sound British at all... but [[GeniusBonus if you look at his uniform carefully]], it is revealed that he's actually Canadian. Canadian (a change requested by his actor Christopher Plummer). This is never brought up in dialogue.
** Canadian Christopher Plummer insisted on having the "Canada" flash on his uniform.
dialogue.
7th Jul '15 4:46:11 PM Deadbeatloser22
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** Maggie Harvey herself has a bit of this after a raid herself. She shakily [[MustHaveNicotine pulls out a cigarette]] and is shouted at by a male officer because she could easily ignite a fuel leak with a lit cigarette. In response, she briefly loses her StiffUpperLip.

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** Maggie Harvey herself has a bit of this after a raid herself. She shakily [[MustHaveNicotine pulls out a cigarette]] and is shouted at by a male officer because she could easily the raid blew a gas main open, and that cigarette would ignite a fuel leak with a lit cigarette.the leak. In response, she briefly loses her StiffUpperLip.
30th Jun '15 5:54:28 AM Rmpdc
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