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Operation Crossbow (1965)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, War | 1 April 1965 (USA)
Allied agents attempt to infiltrate the Nazis' rocket research site.

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

Duilio Coletti (original story), Vittoriano Petrilli (original story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Nora Van Ostamgen
George Peppard ... 1st Lt. John Curtis USAAF
Trevor Howard ... Professor Frederick Lindemann
John Mills ... General Boyd
Richard Johnson ... Duncan Sandys
Tom Courtenay ... Robert Henshaw
Jeremy Kemp ... Captain Phil Bradley
Anthony Quayle ... Bamford
Lilli Palmer ... Frieda
Paul Henreid ... General Ziemann
Helmut Dantine ... General Linz
Barbara Rütting ... Hannah Reitsch (as Barbara Rueting)
Richard Todd ... Wing Commander Kendall
Sylvia Syms ... Flight Officer Constance Babington Smith
John Fraser ... Flight Lieutenant Kenny Post
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Storyline

This is the story of the methods used to defeat Hitler's V1 (doodlebug) and V2 (rocket) "revenge weapons" towards the end of World War II. Even though the Nazis were in retreat, these weapons could have turned their defeat into victory. This movie includes references to Hannah Reich, who was a German test pilot in real-life. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Sabotage of Hitler's ingenious weapons of mass destruction...the V1 and V2 rockets! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some war violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Sir Richard Attenborough was offered the role of Professor Lindemann. See more »

Goofs

Although the story takes circa 1943, Sophia Loren's hairstyle and makeup are strictly in the 1965 mode. See more »

Quotes

German Hotel Porter: Please don't open the curtains.
Robert Henshaw: You get air raids here?
German Hotel Porter: I'll say! The Americans by day, the British by night.
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Connections

Featured in Galactica 1980: Galactica Discovers Earth: Part 2 (1980) See more »

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Relaxed entertainment for war films fans dealing with a espionage tale in which some agents attempt to destroy a Nazi installation
10 June 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Exciting WWII military thriller including a moving final and overwhelming pyrotechnics . This interesting picture packs big stars , intrigue , action packed , suspense and historic deeds . It deals with a trio (George Peppard , Tom Courtneay, Jeremy Kemp) of Allied agents are assigned by high command (John Mills , Richard Johnson , Trevor Howard , Richard Todd , Maurice Denham) to destroy a Nazi munitions installation . They attempt to infiltrate the Nazis' rocket research site. Their mission is complicated by appearing a wife (Sophia Loren) , one traitor and several dangers .

Thrilling war film in which there are nail-biting action scenes , drama , intrigue , explosion , suspenseful set pieces and almost overloaded with stars . The movie gets a simple emotional appeal , professionalism and being rightly shot . This film's title is the same code-name for the real World War II spy mission, which was code-named "Crossbow". After the Second World War, because of this movie's title, reference to these events popularized them as being "Operation Crossbow" . This blazing WWII yarn pulled the public into cinemas in droves when it was first released . Director Michael Anderson steered skillfully through its numerous twists . Despite receiving top billing , Sophia Loren only appears in a extended cameo role ; producer Carlo Ponti, Loren's husband, believed his wife's popularity in the United States would boost the film's chances at the box office and had her billed accordingly . Filmed on splashy color and brilliant cinematography by cameraman Erwin Hillier . Breathtaking as well as evocative musical score by Ron Goodwin . Excellent production design and nice special effects , for the section of the film where RAF Bomber Command raid the Peenemunde rocket research site the producers used the Avro Lancaster PA474 used by the Cranfield institute of technology . For the scene in which a street is wiped out by a V-2, the filmmakers actually destroyed a row of flats which were slated for demolition , the shot was, necessarily, done in one take.

This movie is based on historical events , as there appears the character of Hannah Reitsch, played by Barbara Rütting , was a real-life person . Reitsch was a German aviatrix and at one time Adolf Hitler's own personal pilot. During the Battle of Berlin, Reitsch attempted to persuade Hitler to escape from the city in a small lightweight Fieseler Storch airplane . Furthermore , appears Duncan Sandys, a character in this movie played by Richard Johnson, was a real-life person ; Sandys was Chairman of the British War Cabinet Committee for the Defence against German rockets and flying bombs , he was the son-in-law of British wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill and was wounded during the Second World War in Norway in 1941 which resulted in him having a permanent limp . The motion picture was professionally directed by Michael Anderson . He was a craftsman with reputation for making a variety of commercial and amusing films , it's well demonstrated in ¨Operation Crossbow¨. His films from 1953-58 were all quite well received , his cycle ended with the best of them , the suspense , thriller ,¨Chase a crooked shadow¨ . Latterly resident in Canada , he has continued to direct , mainly in lower-profile projects and TV adventure movies . Anderson has filmed all kind of genres as cinema as TV ; such as Adventure : ¨Around the world in 80 days¨ , ¨Doc Savage¨ , ¨The sea Wolf¨ , ¨20.000 leagues under the sea¨ ; Sci-Fi : ¨Logan's run¨, ¨The martian chronicles¨ , ¨Milennium¨ ; Thriller: ¨The Quiller Memorandum , ¨Dominique is dead¨ , ¨The naked edge¨ , The wreck of the Mary Deare¨ , ¨Murder by phone¨ and Wartime : ¨Battle hell¨, ¨Shake hands with the devil¨, Damm Busters¨ and of course , ¨Operation Crossbow¨ .


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1 April 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Spy Mission See more »

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (35 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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