Battle of Britain

Synopsis: Historical reenactment of the air war in the early days of World War Two for control of the skies over Britain as the new Luftwaffe and the Royal Air Force determine whether or not an invasion can take place.
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Director(s): Guy Hamilton
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
132 min

Who the hell

is he trying to kid?

Hello? Hello, Abbeville?

What? But if you cannot

place them, advise Paris.

I'm at my winds end,

but carry on.

Reinforcements, sir?

Why don't you cut out

the clowning?

- Me, sir? What have I done?

- Don't ever let me see you...

doing a victory roll

over my airfield again.

I thought it would buck up

the civilians.

For God's sake, Jamie,

give your brain a chance.


refuel them immediately!

Yes, sir.

So anyway, he hit me

and made me nose bleed...

Corporal, I don't mean

with your blood.

I gave him a couple of socks...

And re-arm them.

Yes, sir!

Hello, Harvey. Where's Jumbo?

Posted missing last night.

You acting C.O.?

Oh, yeah. Of what?

Five serviceable aircraft.

No spares. No contact.

First we knew the bastards

would overrun us...

was when we tried to land.

But yes, I hear you very well.

Eh? What?

Are you sure?

They are at Sedan?

For the benefit

of the uneducated among us...

I shall translate.

Archam can't believe

that Sedan's fallen. I can.

It's no use. They'll be here

in half an hour.

We must leave immediately.

Yes, let's get

the hell out of it.

Where to, sir?

Why don't you follow me

and find out? Come on, idiots.

After you.

Unless they've got there

before us.

Get that buzzard out of here!

We'll go with what we've got!

All right.

Forget your kit. Let's move.

Get all the transport you can

and get the men out of here.

All N.C.O. S report to me


You know what to do

with the lame ducks?

Yes, sir.

Bombs away.

All the yanks, over here!

Load 'em up!

Over the wing.

Flood the cowling.

Plenty of it.

Right! Stand clear!

Into the trucks!

Come on!

We haven't got all day!

"To the permanent

Secretary of State for air...

"Sir, I have the honor to refer

to the very serious calls...

"which have recently been

made upon fighter command...

"in an attempt to stem

the German invasion...

"of the continent.

"I hope and believe that our

armies may yet be victorious...

"in France and Belgium...

"but we have to face

the possibility...

"that they may be defeated.

In this case...

I presume that there is no one

who would deny...

"that England

should fight on...

"even though the remainder

of the continent of Europe...

"is dominated by the Germans.

"I must therefore request...

"That not one more fighter

be sent across the channel.

"If the home defense

is drained away...

"in desperate attempts to remedy

the situation in France...

"defeat in France will involve

the final, complete...

"and irremediable defeat

of this country.

"I have the honor to be, sir...

"your obedient servant,

H.C.T. Dowding."

Air Chief Marshal Dowding, sir.

You do realize, Dowding,

the position this puts us in?

I realize that the French have

been promised this squadron.

By Churchill personally.

He's given the French

prime minister his word.

You do appreciate, Dowding...

that Churchill

will have to see this?

That's why I wrote it.

This is the BBC home service.

Here is the news.

In the House of Commons

this afternoon...

the prime minister,

Mr. Churchill, said...

"What General de Gaulle called

the Battle of France is over.

The battle of Britain

is about to begin."

Eyes right!

I welcome you in the name of

the Second Luftwaffe, General.

Thank you, thank you,


- My dear Fink.

- General.

Everything all right?

We are ready, General.

We can start.

Very well, gentlemen,

then forward.


Eyes right!

Call out the guard!

Call out the guard!


If I have to inspect

one more bomber...

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James Kennaway

James Kennaway (5 June 1928 – 21 December 1968) was a Scottish novelist and screenwriter. He was born in Auchterarder in Perthshire and attended Glenalmond College. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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