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Night Ambush (1957)

Ill Met by Moonlight (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | July 1958 (USA)
Led by British officers, partisans on Crete plan to kidnap the island's German commander and smuggle him to Cairo to embarrass the occupiers.

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(adapted from the book: "Ill Met By Moonlight" The Wartime Diary in Crete of), | 1 more credit »
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Major Patrick Leigh Fermor D.S.O. O.B.E. also known to the Cretans and the German Secret Police as PHILEDEM
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Major General Kreipe
David Oxley ...
Captain W. Stanley Moss, M.C.
Dimitri Andreas ...
Niko (as Demetri Andreas)
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Sandy
Laurence Payne ...
Manoli
Wolfe Morris ...
George
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Andoni Zoidakis
John Cairney ...
Elias
Brian Worth ...
Stratis Saviolkis
Roland Bartrop ...
Micky Akoumianakis (as Rowland Bartrop)
George Eugeniou ...
Charis Zographakis
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Yani Katsias
Adeeb Assaly ...
Zahari
Theo Moreas ...
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Based on the true story of how, during World War II, a gang of desparadoes (British officers enlisted for "hostilities only" and local partisans) went to the occupied island of Crete and kidnapped a German General from under the nose of his army. That was the easy bit !!! They then had to get him back to Cairo, dodging an intense air and land search. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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One of the war's most dashing feats - they kidnapped a German General under the nose of his army. See more »


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The General was never identified by his first name in the film. In the credits he is referred to as Maj. Gen. Kreipe. In real life he was Majorgeneral Heinrich Kreipe. Calling him Karl, as many sources do, seems to have been an invention of the Rank publicity department. See more »

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The moon changes from nearly full to first quarter in the space of one day. Not only are the phases going backwards, it takes a week to change from full to last quarter. See more »

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Major General Kreipe: Kindly inform General Brauer that he is an incompetent idiot.
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Reason for the title
3 February 2004 | by (Turku, Finland) – See all my reviews

Yes , it does come from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

This is because when the operation occurred, the British operators went under the codenames of Oberon, Titania and Ariel for the radio traffic back to Cairo. See Xan Fielding's memoirs as well as Lawrence Durrell's recollections of Paddy Leigh Fermor in Bitter Lemons, his reminiscences of the British campaign against EOKA in Cyprus in the late 50s.

It's not that bad a movie as it absolutely avoids the mawkishness of a propaganda piece and has a semi-documentary feel to it. You must remember there was an entire SS division on the island against which the 5 Britons and about 800 partisans were ranged. It is not so much derring-do as in the vein of The Password is Courage, another excellent true - life drama of Bogarde's.


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