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October 26, 2009

Movie review: Battle of the Eagles (Partisan squadron) (1979)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:05 am
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I bought a DVD collection of 20 great war films for $4.99.  Judging from this movie, you get what you pay for.  This is a Yugoslav film, dubbed into english about the forming of a “partisan air squadron” in occupied Yugoslavia during WWII.  It is supposedly based loosely on historical fact.  Apparently very loosely.

The only redeeming feature of this film is that you get to see a few aircraft from the 1970s Yugoslav Air Force, standing in for all manner of aircraft, from Me-109s to unidentified partican biplanes.  The acting is terrible, awful.  God awful.  The dubbing is pretty bad and the story is overdramatic and laughable.  Even the rum and coke I was drinking during the film didn’t make it better.  If invited to see this film under either of the titles noted above, run away. Run away fast.


  1. […] dknights @ 6:52 am Tags: history, movies, WWII You do indeed get what you pay for, as I noted here.  This is the second movie from the DVD of 20 war movies.  It was almost as bad as the first.  […]

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  2. Yeah its 70’s style and the much of the equipment is off, but on a deeper level the story is compelling. There’s some romance. And you have to root for the Partisans as they face the Evil Empire. I saw it as kid and thought even then how cool the Partisans were. (And on a historical note, they were the only homegrown resistence group to have a navy AND an air force). There were alot of 70’s movies far worse—take The Gypsy Warrior and Escape to Athena for examples. I brought the same movie collection FOR this movie.

    Comment by Andrew — November 25, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

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