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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nora Van Ostamgen
Lt. John Curtis
Prof. Lindemann
Gen. Boyd
Robert Henshaw
Phil Bradley
Gen. Ziemann
Gen. Linz
Barbara Rütting ...
Hannah Reitsch (as Barbara Rueting)
Wing Cmdr. Kendall
John Fraser ...
Flight Lt. Kenny


This is the story of the methods used to defeat Hitler's V1 (doodlebug) and V2 (rocket) "revenge weapons" towards the end of the second world war. Even though the Nazis were in retreat these weapons could have turned their defeat into victory. The film includes references to Hannah Reich, who in real life was a German test pilot. 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 »


Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 April 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Code Name: Operation Crossbow  »

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Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)


(archive footage)| (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Unusual among many 60s war movies in that the Germans actually speak German throughout. See more »


Robert Brown wears the uniform of a Royal Air Force Air Commodore however, his cap is mounted with the badge of a Junior/Senior Officer and not that of an Air Officer. See more »


[Curtis is about to make a parachute jump out of an aeroplane]
Lt. John Curtis: If you're chute doesn't open, change it for a harp!
[Curtis jumps]
Robert Henshaw: [shouting after Curtis] I'm not musical.
[Henshaw jumps]
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Edited into Damnation Alley (1977) See more »

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26 November 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is truly a remarkable film, a thinking person's war movie. Characters never seem to end up doing what you expect them to do (or end up having done to them what you'd expect of major stars). It keeps you on the edge until the spectacular ending which is as full of action as the rest of the film is full of intrigue. Everyone from the actors to the technicians are at their best in this epic. A good double-bill would be Guns of Navarone, though frankly, this is the more believable film.

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