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Eagles Over London (1969)

La battaglia d'Inghilterra (original title)
PG | | Drama, War | January 1973 (USA)
In World war 2, a German undercover unit infiltrates British lines during the evacuation of Dunkirk, 1939. The film revolves around their successes and failures in disrupting R.A.F. operations during the Battle of Britain.

Director:

Enzo G. Castellari

Writers:

Tito Carpi (story), Vincenzo Mannino (story) (as Vincenzo Flamini) | 8 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Frederick Stafford ... Captain Paul Stevens
Van Johnson ... Air Marshal George Taylor
Francisco Rabal ... Martin Donovan
Evelyn Stewart ... Meg
Luigi Pistilli ... Maj. Krueger
Renzo Palmer Renzo Palmer ... Sgt. Donald Mulligan
Luis Dávila ... Jacques
Christian Hay Christian Hay ... Gaston
Jacques Berthier Jacques Berthier ... Colonel Smith
Teresa Gimpera ... Sheila
George Rigaud ... British general
Eduardo Fajardo ... German officer
Ugo Adinolfi Ugo Adinolfi
Umberto Di Grazia Umberto Di Grazia
Ricardo Valle Ricardo Valle
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During the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, a team of German saboteurs assume the identities of dead British soldiers and are transported to England. Their first objective is to cripple British air defences by destroying radar stations. Though the identities and whereabouts of the saboteurs are unknown, a team of British soldiers is set up to track them down and abort their mission. While the Battle of Britain rages overhead, the final confrontation takes place as the German team are about to blow up the RAF Fighter Command control centre.

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Drama | War

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Italy | France | Spain

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle Command See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alberto De Martino was originally going to direct the film and Enzo G. Castellari was originally just hired to direct the special effects sequences inter-cut with stock footage of the actual battle of Britain using the split screen method. Up viewing the split screen sequences the producers were so impressed that they hired Enzo to direct the entire picture. See more »

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Nobody, military or civilian, carries a gas mask. See more »

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good wartime spy drama
30 August 2009 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Using the chaos of the Dunkirk evacuation as a cover, several German agents take on the identities of English soldiers in order to gain access to England and take out the radar installations. One Captain aware of the ruse has to track the men down and stop them before the Germans can bomb England into surrendering.

Good, if a bit long, spy story set in London. there are several action set pieces that are quite good, though they suffer a great deal in pan and scan because of the use of multiple images. (Oh how this film cries out for a good letterbox edition.) This is the sort of film that grabs you from the first couple of moments and then drags you along at its conclusion. I really liked this and probably should have rated it higher than 6 but I think the viewing experience was really hindered by a lack of widescreen.

Worth searching out, especially if you can find a wide screen copy.


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