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Mosquito Squadron
Mosquito Squadron
Actors: David McCallum, Suzanne Neve, Charles Gray, David Buck, David Dundas
Director: Boris Sagal
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
G     2003     1hr 30min

David McCallum ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E.") stars in an epic adventure that perfectly captures the explosive action and emotional torment of war. With its astonishing special effects, stark cinematography and brilliantly ch...  more »

     
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Actors: David McCallum, Suzanne Neve, Charles Gray, David Buck, David Dundas
Director: Boris Sagal
Creators: Paul Beeson, John S. Smith, Lewis J. Rachmil, Donald S. Sanford, Joyce Perry
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/20/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1970
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1970
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Good RAF Film
gobirds2 | New England | 10/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"MOSQUITO SQUADRON is quite British and a very entertaining World War II action adventure tale that focuses both on story and military air bombing strategies of the era. Starring David McCallum as Quint Munroe a Canadian-born RAF pilot he leads an exellent cast that includes Charles Gray as Air Commodore Hufford, Vladek Sheybal as Lieutenant Schack and Robert Urquhart as Major Kemble. Directed by Boris Sagal this film features brilliant cinematography by Paul Beeson (RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK), an outstanding score composed by Frank Cordell (KHARTOUM) and effective special effects Les Bowie (X THE UNKNOWN). David McCallum is a brilliant and interesting actor who gives new meaning to underplaying a role and still being the focal point of the viewer. This is a little overlooked gem of a film. I highly recommend it."
Mediocre Mosquito
C. A. Luster | Burke, VA USA | 10/16/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I loved 633 Squadron so much I decided to give this movie a shot. You can imagine my disappointment when I saw many of the same flying scenes borrowed from 633 squadron. I am a fan of David McCallum but this movie has trouble redeeming itself amongst good war movies.It is a decent movie but if you are an avid fan of movies like 633 Squadron, Battle of Britain, and Memphis Belle, you probably will be disappointed. I'm afraid after one viewing I donated my DVD to the library.The DVD quality is good and picture and sound quality are solid. I just wish that MGM had not tried to make the original movie so cheaply and borrowed so much from 633 Squadron and they had added some more well known actors and actresses to make it stand out."
Routine war melodrama starring the Mosquito-bomber
patrick | Melbourne Australia | 02/05/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Havent seen the DVD, but seen the movie on TV several times in the 70s, wasnt overly impressed then, so would be less so now.
If youve seen 633 Squadron, then watch this, yes, youve seen most of the aerial action in THAT better movie. This time is a hybrid mission involving rockets or rocket-fuel like '633, but with a potentially thrilling resistance-fighter jailbreak facilitated by the Mosquitoes blowing-down the walls with dambuster-style Upkeep/Highball bouncing-bombs as a bonus target: might seem they are borrowing from here and there of previous movies, but there really was an epic RAF operation against Amiens Prison housing French Resistance fighters during the war, known aptly as Operation Jericho, ( the walls came tumbling down)so its ok to overlap other movies when it also reflects fact, of course.Anyway, its too low-budgety to do much, saves heaps with using the 633 Squadron sequences, much as movies like 'Midway' used the wonderful combat sequences from 'Tora Tora Tora', and has a melodrama that the dreadful 'Pearl Harbor' probably ripped off, the pilot disappears in combat, certainly KIA, brave late pilots buddy hooks-up late pilots foxy squeeze,they both feel bad about it, but they do it anyway, then dead-hero inconveniently has not been killed, is alive, shaken but not stirred,POW, but now pilot feeling bad about being busy with not-so-dead buddies lady, also has to fly-off and probably off the presumed-dead buddy for real this time himself as inevitable collateral damage with the Nazi target he has to drop bombs on to win the ruddy war.If you like 633 Squadron, this is definately inferior but with many melodramatic similiarities,Cliff Robertson in '633 also had to grease one of the friendlies thanks to those horrid Germans, it lacks 633s stratosperic atmospheric soaring Ron Goodwin theme-music, and really, I wouldnt drop the dough unless you just cant get enough of the admittedly exciting and beautiful Mosquito bomber in any vehicle."
Great RAF film.......Cool DVD!!
gobirds2 | 01/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mosquito Squadron is a good rip-roaring adventure of a war movie to watch on a rainy summer day. David McCallum is great in his role of Quint Monroe, a RAF pilot who fights one war in Europe and a personal one in his heart. During a bombing raid, Monroe's best friend, the squad's CO is shot down by German fighters who jumped them. Monroe tells his friend's wife, Beth, that her husband has been killed, sparking a romance that they had before the war. While Monroe is trying to get over the loss of his friend, the RAF Command learn that the Germans are close to completing their new V-3 rocket at a secret testing center near a ruined church. When Monroe and the squad get ready to bomb the church, a new threat comes their way, the Germans are holding a group of British POWs hostage, including Monroe's friend, who didn't die. Monroe becomes conflicted with himself, he must bomb the church before the rockets can be fired at London, but he also wants to save his friend and the other POW from massacare. Monroe manages to cool down and stages a daring raid on the prison with the help of the French Resistance and other RAF squadrons. One of Monroe's planes will bomb a section of the wall which the French will be able to make a daring raid on the prison compound and free the POWs. Will Monroe and the Mosquito Squadron pull the raid off? Will he be able to save his friend?
I have this movie on DVD and it plays great. If you liked the Battle of Britain with Micheal Caine and Trevor Howard, and 633 Squadron with Cliff Robertson and George Chakiris, you'll love Mosquito Squadron. Give this movie a try, you won't be disappointed."