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Where Eagles Dare (1968)

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Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on.

Director:

Brian G. Hutton

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (story), Alistair MacLean (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... Maj. Smith
Clint Eastwood ... Schaffer
Mary Ure ... Mary Ellison
Patrick Wymark ... Col. Turner
Michael Hordern ... Adm. Rolland
Donald Houston ... Christiansen
Peter Barkworth ... Berkeley
William Squire ... Thomas
Robert Beatty ... Carnaby
Brook Williams ... Sgt. Harrod
Neil McCarthy ... Sgt. Jock MacPherson
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Carpenter
Anton Diffring ... Col. Kramer
Ferdy Mayne ... Rosemeyer
Derren Nesbitt ... Von Hapen
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Storyline

During WW2 a British aircraft is shot down and crashes in Nazi held territory. The Germans capture the only survivor, an American General, and take him to the nearest SS headquarters. Unknown to the Germans the General has full knowledge of the D-Day operation. The British decide that the General must not be allowed to divulge any details of the Normandy landing at all cost and order Major John Smith to lead a crack commando team to rescue him. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Schaffer, who is puzzled by his inclusion in an all British operation. When one of the team dies after the parachute drop, Schaffer suspects that Smith's mission has a much more secret objective. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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They look like Nazis but . . . The Major is British . . . The Lieutenant is American . . . The Beautiful Frauleins are Allied Agents! See more »

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Action | Adventure | War

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UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

12 March 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agenten sterben einsam See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,000,000, 31 December 1968
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Even though Alistair MacLean wrote both the book and the film, several characters have different names in the book and the film respectively. Curiously some sources (e.g. Screen World) refer to these names in the cast list. See more »

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Awesome Film!
12 January 2004 | by savannagrrlSee all my reviews

Okay, what can I say?

I've read all the comments (yes, every single one of them), and it seems like tons of people don't like implausible movies. That's fine, but the next time James bond defuses a nuclear bomb at 007 seconds left till detonation, I expect you to stand up and walk out of the movie too.

For those of us who *like* our men to be super, awesome, and face danger with a wry smile and a catchy line: this movie is for you.

Okay, first off, Burton is to die for. Don't get me wrong: I love Clint as much as the next girl, but Burton is so...masterful. He's deliciously awesome. And sometimes, when he's wiping out tons of Nazis, you can see this gleeful evil and satisfying smile on his face that just tells you: this guy *love* his job. If he isn't killing Nazis, he just wouldn't know what to do with himself. That's my kinda man.

Okay, so you have to totally suspend some belief for this movie to work, but it's a James Bond like thriller. I mean, people who are commenting that it doesn't conform to WWII historical standards have *got* to get their heads out of their books for a bit and try *enjoying* life instead of merely *studying* it for a while. And, by the way, as one user commented, some helicopters like the one in the movie *were* flying in 1939 in Germany. They just weren't widely used at the time.

This movie totally kicks butt. Forget about it making sense in a military way: that's not what it's about. War Games didn't make sense either, but it was fun anyway. And, another little gripe about some critics: the Germans aren't in a position to blow up the doors in the castle because *tada* that's a really stupid thing to do seeing as how if they miscalculate the explosive charge, they could bring a ton of medieval blocks slamming down on their heads in the process. The Nazis are stupid in this movie, but they're not *that* stupid. Duh.

Clint manages to wipe out about half the Reich in this movie with his machine gun, and even has a great take where he does a Matrix-style dual-wield gunning move, which is all in great fun. Hey, Han Solo wiped out about half the Stormtroopers in the galaxy too with his blaster, and trying to point that out as being unreal would be just...well...silly. The Force isn't real either. Wanna complain? Go figure....

I suggest you get this movie on DVD. It's awesome. The letterbox format totally kicks and I love it. The score is great. The action is awesome. The plot, the first time you see it, always keeps you guessing. At least it did for me, but that's because I don't read a billion books on spies so that I can dream about being one when I never will be. Maybe that's why I enjoyed this movie a lot more than some others. This has got to be one of my top all time favorite movies.

Yes! Awesome movie. Have fun watching it. It's long but it's great. Sometimes great movies are best when they are long so you get to enjoy them more. To the others who took this waaaaaaaaay too seriously: relax.

It's...just...a...movie. Maybe you never heard that line before.


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