6.6/10
1,127
15 user 9 critic

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.

Writers:

(adapted from the book: "Ill Met By Moonlight" The Wartime Diary in Crete of), | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A true WW2 story: the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Peter Finch
Hour of Glory (1949)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

As the Germans drop explosive booby-traps on Britain in 1943, the embittered expert who'll have to disarm them fights a private battle with alcohol.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: David Farrar, Jack Hawkins, Kathleen Byron
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When Nazi anti-aircraft fire damages a British bomber, its crew bails out and seeks help from the Dutch underground.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A clever fortune-hunter with a penchant for murder does in his elderly, supposedly rich, wife and manages to get away with it. After an investigation results in a decision of 'accidental ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood, Kay Walsh
Honeymoon (1959)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Australian famer Kit Kelly and his new bride Anna are driving through Europe when they help a stranded motorist. They discover he is Antonio, a famous dancer. Upon learning that Anna was a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Powell
Stars: Anthony Steel, Ludmilla Tchérina, Antonio
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A 'Land Girl', an American GI, and a British soldier find themselves together in a small Kent town on the road to Canterbury. The town is being plagued by a mysterious "glue-man", who pours... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price
49th Parallel (1941)
Drama | War | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A World War II U-boat crew are stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral USA.

Director: Michael Powell
Stars: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Richard George
Fantasy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Grenadier Guards Captain John Fellowes prepares for the Trooping the Colour ceremony and reminisces about his years at Sandhurst Military Academy as well as his family's dramatic life.

Director: Michael Powell
Stars: Daniel Massey, Raymond Massey, Robert Stephens
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A British aristocrat goes in disguise to France to rescue people from The Terror of the guillotine.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: David Niven, Margaret Leighton, Cyril Cusack
War | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A World War II British officer named Charles Coward, having been captured by the Germans, tries everything he can to escape. In the process, among many other adventures he gets awarded the ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Maria Perschy, Alfred Lynch
Agent 8 3/4 (1964)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

British Intelligence sends an unemployed Czech-speaking British writer to Prague in a mission of industrial espionage.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sylva Koscina, Robert Morley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Major Patrick Leigh Fermor D.S.O. O.B.E. also known to the Cretans and the German Secret Police as PHILEDEM
Marius Goring ...
Major General Kreipe
David Oxley ...
Captain W. Stanley Moss, M.C.
Dimitri Andreas ...
Niko (as Demetri Andreas)
...
Sandy
Laurence Payne ...
Manoli
Wolfe Morris ...
George
...
Andoni Zoidakis
John Cairney ...
Elias
Brian Worth ...
Stratis Saviolkis
Roland Bartrop ...
Micky Akoumianakis (as Rowland Bartrop)
George Eugeniou ...
Charis Zographakis
...
Yani Katsias
Adeeb Assaly ...
Zahari
Theo Moreas ...
Village Priest
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

July 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night Ambush  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

David McCallum's film debut. See more »

Goofs

The headlight covers switch between the wartime "slit" to no covers and back again when the general is being abducted in his car. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Patrick Leigh Fermor aka Philedem: Field Marshal Rommel won't be in Cairo but you will be!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Comments on past comments, and a little more
19 December 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Like 'Spleen', I first thought that we were seeing genuine Cretan landscapes. But what puzzled me was not being able to recognise any of it - even allowing for change - especially the coastline where Moss and his party landed. (In his book, he refers to a distinctive landscape) A little digging

  • on this site- revealed that the film was made in France and Italy with


no mention of Crete. The title, 'Ill met by moonlight' surely refers to the 'meeting' of Kreipe and his abductors. The film couldn't really show the fact that Leigh Fermor and Moss et al attempted the abduction on the four evenings that preceeded the actual abduction. The earlier attempts were abandoned because Kreipe came along whilst it was too early for moonlight! (one wonders why was it necessary to change the title for the US market?) I thoroughly enjoy the film, watch it every opportunity and each time pick up something that I've missed previously. However, I cannot help but wonder how much better it might have been if the writers had stuck more closely to the original script throughout. They had informed advisers available, Micky Akoumianakis was a true participant, and Houseman was in Crete as an British agent for a long part of the occupation. Though thoroughly grounded in fact, the few 'elaborations' detract from what was surely a solid enough story to stand on its own.

Regardless of the differences, I continue to regard the film as one of my most favourites.




12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?