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CRASH AND BURN

While watching all those British and German fighters and bombers exploding and diving into the sea or ground during the monumental bore that is Battle of Britain, many of us probably flashed on another bummer entitled The Blue Max and wished we hadnít been quite so hard on it. Or the Richard Burton-Clint Eastwood Where Eagles Dare, which, compared to either, looks damn near deluxe in its Germanic cloudiness and snow. Directed by Guy Hamilton, Battle of Britain is an all-star snoozefestówith Harry Andrews, Michael Caine, Edward Fox, Trevor Howard, Curt Jurgens, Ian McShane, Kenneth More, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Michael Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Robert Shaw and Susannah Yorkóthat hasnít a single moment of dramatic believability, despite being based on fact. Itís said that the amount of planes gathered for use in the movie would constitute the 11th largest airforce in the world, but that does not negate the sentiment the fleet fails to crash and burn fast enough. Englandís top moneymaker for 1970óby compulsory attendance? Very poor box office in America. Various DVD versions differ in credits and musical score; some lack translation of Kraut speak. In Panavision, with 70mm blowup. (Believed to have opened at the Michael Todd, dates unavailable, format unknown.)

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