Eagles Over London / La battaglia d'Inghilterra (1969)

4.0 out of 5

Enzo G. Castellari's ambitious Eagles Over London opens with a number of vast set pieces that suggest a considerable budget for this attempt at a war epic. Spanning the period between the Dunkirk evacuation and The Battle of Britain some decent minatures and period detail is used to recreate the London of 1940 in this largely espionage themed combat movie.

Split screen is used creatively while reconstruction and wartime stock footage blend as Castellari infuses the plot with over the top fist and gunplay with which fans of his crime movies will no doubt feel comfortable and even finds time to include moments of light comic relief and the occasional romance.

While there will no doubt be goofs in the rendering of the historic setting, such as crates of Watney Mann at a pub, there is, nevertheless, a serious attempt at capturing the times. There is plenty here for fans of war movies or DC Thomson's pocket Commando comics to enjoy.

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