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Operation Crossbow (1965)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  1 April 1965 (USA)
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Allied agents attempt to infiltrate the Nazis' rocket research site.

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Cast

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Nora Van Ostamgen
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Lt. John Curtis
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Prof. Lindemann
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Gen. Boyd
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Robert Henshaw
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Phil Bradley
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Bamford
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Frieda
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Gen. Ziemann
Helmut Dantine ...
Gen. Linz
Barbara Rütting ...
Hannah Reitsch (as Barbara Rueting)
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Wing Cmdr. Kendall
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John Fraser ...
Flight Lt. Kenny
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Storyline

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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nazi | german | rocket | v2 | v1 | See All (52) »

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Once a top-secret...now it's the top screen adventure of the year! See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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

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1 April 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Great Spy Mission  »

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

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(archive footage)| (Metrocolor)

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MGM executives did not know the German characters would be speaking German (with subtitles) until they saw the rough cut; they wanted to have the German dialogue dubbed into English, but director Michael Anderson persuaded them to keep the subtitled dialogue. See more »

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When the German HQ is bombed the portrait of Hitler becomes detached from the wall before the bomb blast. See more »

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Edited into Mosquito Squadron (1969) See more »

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Secret Mission To Destroy The German V-1 & V-2 Weapons Threatening England
31 July 2005 | by (Patchogue, New York, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is actually a very good movie with a lot more truth behind it than one might imagine. As this is a British movie, it was a very smart marketing idea to have a famous American actor, George Peppard, and a famous Italian actress, Sophia Loren, co-star in it. This way they could say "Starring (insert famous British actor name here)" when marketed in Britain, and advertise it as "Starring George Peppard" and "Starring Sophia Loren", when marketed in the U.S.A.and Italy respectively. This gives the makers of the film a much larger audience than just Britain. George Peppard and Sophia Loren have significant roles, but are not the stars of the movie. Details like portraying Hanna Reitsch and having accurate, and very good special effects make this far better than most World War II movies. Especially since most of the stars of the movie don't survive. If you enjoy historical accuracy, a well thought-out plot, and the unexpected, then I think you will find this movie a top-notch production and well worth watching. Without spoiling the ending, I will tell you though that the Gemans did not win the war.


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