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Mosquito Squadron (1969)

G | | War, Drama | 23 January 1970 (UK)
In WW2, a RAF squadron leader mourns the death of a comrade and receives a bombing mission against a secret Nazi V-2 rocket testing facility in France.

Director:

Boris Sagal
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Complete credited cast:
David McCallum ... Quint Munroe
Suzanne Neve ... Beth Scott
Charles Gray ... Air Commodore Hufford
David Buck David Buck ... Sqn. Ldr. David 'Scotty' Scott
David Dundas David Dundas ... Flt. Lieut. Douglas Shelton
Dinsdale Landen ... Wing Commander Clyde Penrose
Nicky Henson ... Flt. Sgt. Wiley Bunce
Bryan Marshall ... Sqn. Ldr. Neale
Michael Anthony ... Father Bellague
Peggy Thorpe-Bates Peggy Thorpe-Bates ... Mrs. Scott
Peter Copley ... Mr. Scott
Vladek Sheybal ... Lieutenant Schack
Michael McGovern Michael McGovern ... Flt. Lieutenant Bannister
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Squadron Leader Quint Munroe, an RAF pilot in World War II, has a hard time dealing with the presumed death in action of fellow Sq. Leader David 'Scotty' Scott, whose family practically raised him when he was orphaned, so they were like brothers. RAF Air Commodore Hufford has a crucial task for Quint, who is no longer serving in the squadron: a reconnaissance flight over the château de Charlon, a castle in occupied France, where the Nazis are probably developing a new generation of flying bombs; the defenses are indeed suspiciously tight. When analyzed, the photos show the castle grounds harbor an underground launching tunnel, and Quint gets a nearly impossible precision top-secret mission: select and train a team in only 10 days, when the French underground believes the first launch is planned, to 'aim' a new type of bouncing bomb into the tunnel, to blow up the whole Luftwaffe installation. Quint falls in love with Scotty's young widow Beth Scott, whose crippled brother, Flight ... Written by KGF Vissers

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War | Drama

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Trivia

The opening sequence, borrowed directly from Operation Crossbow, shows cooling towers of nuclear reactor fed electric power plants as part of the skyline of London before the rocket motors of the vengeance weapons cut out. See more »

Goofs

During the recon mission, the section of the wing and engine nacelle between the canopy and the wing insignia disappears, showing the ground below. See more »

Quotes

Hufford: Ah, what do you say, Munroe, hmm? What are the odds?
Munroe: About the same as spitting in an Air Commodore's eye from an express train, sir.
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Edited from Operation Crossbow (1965) See more »

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Much Maligned Movie!
19 September 2003 | by Linda LeeSee all my reviews

I have watched this several times, purely because I had such a crush on David McCallum in the 1960s! It is his 70th birthday today (19 September 2003) and I suddenly feel very very old!!

I agree with other reviewers - some of the acting is dire, the script is poor, and the clothing and hairstyles are very 60s. Despite all that, I still find it quite watchable! Suzanne Neve is very sweet as Beth Scott, and David McCallum - well, I always liked Illya Kuryakin! For British viewers there are lots of familiar faces to spot among the cast - and isn't that half the fun of watching old movies on a wet weekend afternoon?!

Can't comment on the flying sequences or the planes, I'm afraid, because I don't know anything about them. I do think that if reviewers are going to criticise a film, though, they should at least get the names and facts right (yes, kilroy138, I'm talking about you!).

Not the best of WWII films, admittedly, but I don't think it deserves some of the other comments on this site. If it's on again on a quiet afternoon, curl up in front of the TV and give it a chance!


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