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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 American Brigadier General George Carnaby (Robert Beatty) prisoner, but that's not all that's really going on.

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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 World War II, a British aircraft is shot down and crashes in Nazi held territory. The Germans capture the only survivor, American Brigadier General George Carnaby (Robert Beatty), and take him to the nearest S.S. 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 costs, and order Major Jonathan Smith (Richard Burton) to lead a crack commando team to rescue him. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Morris Schaffer (Clint Eastwood), 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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These people work for the military. First they're going to get the enemy... then they're going after the brass that sent them. See more »

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Action | Adventure | War

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Country:

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:

$7,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,100,000
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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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Richard Burton's last successful movie at the U.S. box-office. See more »

Goofs

The staff car in which Smith and Shaffer are being transported following their arrest has "WH" license plates, indicating a Wehrmacht (regular army) vehicle. However, since the troops who arrested them are Waffen-SS, the license plate should have the distinctive runic "SS" (the "twin lightning flashes"). See more »

Quotes

Major John Smith: Now, General Carnaby, perhaps you'll be good enough to give us your real name, rank and serial number.
[shoots the chair]
Gen. George Carnaby: [long pause, then] Cartwright Jones, Corporal, U.S. Army RA 123-025-3964.
Major John Smith: Thank you.
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In the French-language dubbing of the film, all the German spoken parts are taken from the German dubbed version. This includes parts of Burton's and Eastwood's characters speaking German, fixing some plot holes. All the other parts are in French. See more »

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Could have been real...
21 July 2004 | by jlpicard1701ESee all my reviews

Alistair McLean's movie adaptation is a thrill to watch.

Putting Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton together, was a masterpiece idea and it actually works!

The scenery in itself, in the Bavarian Alps, adds a touch of uneasiness about the entire story. Difficult to reach, difficult to conquer, but above all, difficult to escape from.

It's a cat and mouse game between British and German Intelligence services in World War Two. A later filmed adventure of this sort, but based on actual events, would add to the realistic perspectives shown in "Where Eagles Dare".

In fact, in 1976, a movie called "The Eagle Has Landed", inspired this time from a novel by Jack Higgins, dealt with the plan of the Third Reich to abduct and/or kill Winston Churchill!

If one considers that, "Where Eagles Dare" depicts something that could really have happened, only from the other side of the fence.

Everything in it is depicted in a very realistic and chilling manner and even if someone described it as James Bond in WWII, it is far less fantastic as one may come to think.

Granted, to perform such missions, someone ought to have been either a madman or so careless about his life, that luck would have had more importance than actual real tactics.

Nevertheless, this is an adventure movie that grips you from the very first instant and doesn't let loose to the end.

Far more paced than "Guns of Navarone", this is one of the few very good action movies ever made.

The music by veteran composer Ron Goodwin is memorable and unlike his other "war" installments so easily identifiable that you will be left humming it even when the movie is already finished.

It is more a cult movie, than an actual "history-making" one, but as i always say, they don't make them like this anymore.


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