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The Battle of Britain (1969)

DIRECTOR: Guy Hamilton

CAST:

Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, Robert Shaw, Michael Caine, Ian McShane, Trevor Howard, Michael Redgrave, Sir Laurence Olivier, Kenneth More, Ralph Richardson, Patrick Wymark, Edward Fox, Curt Jürgens, Karl-Otto Alberty, Manfred Reddemann, Alexander Allerson, Harry Andrews, Michael Bates, Hein Reiss, Rolf Stiefel

REVIEW:

This British-German co-production from director Guy Hamilton was intended as an epic war classic paying tribute to the courageous pilots of the Battle of Britain, but is unfortunately a largely muddled production boasting the usual large all-star cast and some excellently choreographed air battle sequences but lacking much in the way of focus, clarity, storyline, or human interest. Continue reading

The Bridge at Remagen (1969)

DIRECTOR: John Guillermin

CAST:

George Segal, Ben Gazzarra, Robert Vaughn, Bradford Dillman, E.G. Marshall, Hans Christian Blech, Joachim Hansen, Peter Van Eyck, Heinz Reincke, Richard Münch, Günter Meisner.

REVIEW:

Director John Guillermin and an American and German cast brings us this exciting, fast-paced, and remarkably even-handed account of the desperate struggle of two small groups of men, the Americans to capture a bridge leading into Germany, and the Germans to destroy it, in the final months of WWII in Europe. Continue reading

La Battaglia di El Alamein/The Battle of El Alamein (1969)

DIRECTOR: Giorgio Ferroni

CAST:

Frederick Stafford, Enrico Maria Salerno, Robert Hossein, Michael Rennie, George Hilton, Gerard Herter, Marco Guglielmi

REVIEW:

We don’t usually hear much about the Italians in WWII; the Germans and Japanese were considered the big guns on the Axis side, with the Italians kind of tagging along. The main reason for this is that there simply isn’t much to say. Continue reading

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