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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 The Battle of Britain, many of us probably flashed on another bummer entitled The Blue Max and wished we hadnt been quite so hard on it. Or the Richard Burton-Clint Eastwood Where Eagles Dare, which, compared to either, looks deluxe in its Germanic cloudiness and snow. Directed by Guy Hamilton, The Battle of Britain is an all-star snoozefest—with 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 York—that hasnt a single moment of dramatic believability, despite being based on fact. Its said that the amount of planes gathered for use in the movie would constitute the 11th largest airforce in the world. Englands top moneymaker for 1970—by compulsory attendance? Very poor box office in America. Panavision.

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