|MOSQUITO SQUADRON (director: Boris Sagal; screenwriters: Donald Sanford/Joyce Perry; cinematographer: Paul Beeson; editor: John Smith; music: Frank Cordell; cast: David McCallum (Quint Munroe), Suzanne Neve (Beth Scott), Charles Gray (Air Commodore Hufford), David Buck (Sqn. Ldr. David 'Scotty' Scott), Robert Urquhart (Major Kemble), David Dundas (Flt. Lieut. Douglas Shelton), Dinsdale Landen (Wing Commander Clyde Penrose), Nicky Henson (Flt. Sgt. Wiley Bunce), Vladek Sheybal (Lieutenant Schack); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Lewis Rachmil; MGM Home Entertainment; 1969-UK)|
upper-lip Brit World War II flyboy
by Dennis Schwartz
conventional stiff upper-lip Brit
World War II flyboy low-budget drama, directed
without inspiration by Boris Sagal ("The
Omega Man"/"Made in Paris"/"The Helicopter Spies").
The minor war film about RAF heroics was too
contrived, with a familiar love story triangle. It's
based on a trite story by Donald Sanford and
1944, on a bombing mission in France, RAF Squadron
Leader David Scott (David Buck) is shot down and
presumed dead, as his plane explodes. His best friend
since childhood, Canadian-born pilot Quint Munroe (David
McCallum), takes over as squadron leader.
Air Commodore Hufford (Charles Gray) requests
that Quint tell Scott's widow Beth (Suzanne
Neve) the news in person. It leads to a
Mosquito Squadron (consisting of twin-engine
planes made largely of wood) is assigned to bomb a
secret German plant used to develop
a V-3 or V-4 super-rocket, located in a
French chateau, in Charlon. On the mission, the
squadron will deploy a new
"bouncing bomb" called the "highball." The
men are anxious to attack the site, even if it's
risky. They learn through captured film that RAF crews
are prisoners on the site and one of them is Scott.
Tensions rise if the mission is worth it, if it means
killing their own.
with war drama cliches, wooden acting (except for Charles
Gray) and unsatisfactory production values
for a movie, it fails to excite. It only satisfies by
using real footage of Mosquito Squadron planes and the
air fight scenes are decent.
REVIEWED ON 12/16/2014 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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