The Brylcreem Boys

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  • PG-13
  • 1996
  • 2 hr 4 min
  • 6.2  (619)

The Brylcreem Boys is a historical drama set in 1942 during the Second World War. The movie tells the story of a group of Polish pilots who escaped their homeland and are now serving in the Royal Air Force. They are being held in an Irish internment camp, where they await their next mission. The story is narrated by Miles Keogh (Billy Campbell), an American war correspondent who has been sent to cover the story of the Brylcreem Boys. Keogh is a cocky journalist who thinks he knows everything there is to know about war reporting. We see him arrive at the camp, where he meets the Polish pilots and their commanding officer, Major Softly (Angus Macfadyen).

From the start, the Polish pilots are not fond of Keogh, who they see as a nuisance. They are more concerned with their mission, which is to fly a secret mission over Germany. However, things take a turn when a group of German pilots are also sent to the camp. The Germans are led by Captain Ostermann (Chris 'Kit' Ryan), a suave and sophisticated officer who quickly catches the eye of the camp's nurse, Anne (Jean Butler).

The Polish pilots and the Germans do not get along. They are bitter enemies, and tensions escalate when a fight breaks out between them. However, Keogh sees an opportunity to make a name for himself and suggests that the two groups should play a soccer match. The idea is met with skepticism, but eventually, they agree.

The soccer match becomes a major event in the camp. It is attended by both Irish and German officers, as well as the local villagers. The game itself is intense and filled with tension, as the two sides battle it out. The Polish pilots are determined to win, but they face stiff competition from the Germans.

The game ends in a draw, which disappoints both sides. However, the soccer match marks a turning point in the relationships between the Brylcreem Boys and the Germans. They start to see each other as people, rather than as enemies. Captain Ostermann and Anne begin to develop a romance, which adds to the tension in the camp.

As the date for the secret mission approaches, the Polish pilots and the Germans must put aside their differences and work together if they want to succeed. However, as they fly over Germany, they are shot down, and their plane crashes. The Brylcreem Boys are forced to make their way through enemy territory, with the Germans helping them along the way.

Eventually, they are captured by the Germans and taken to a prisoner of war camp. Here, they face brutal treatment, as they are interrogated and tortured. The Brylcreem Boys must use all their training and skills to survive and try to escape.

The movie's climax comes as the Brylcreem Boys are liberated by the Russian army. We see them make their way back to the UK, where they are hailed as heroes. The movie ends with Keogh reflecting on the lessons he has learned about war and the relationships between people who, on the surface, should be enemies.

The Brylcreem Boys is a moving and powerful drama that explores the complexities of war and the relationships between people from different backgrounds. It is a testament to the bravery and courage of the Polish pilots who served in the Royal Air Force and the sacrifices they made for their country. The movie is beautifully shot and features strong performances from its talented cast. It will leave you emotionally drained but ultimately inspired.

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    6.2  (619)