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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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They were schooled in sabotage...and licensed to kill! 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?


Duncan Sandys, a character in this movie played by Richard Johnson, was a real-life person. Sandys was Chairman of the British War Cabinet Committee for the Defence against German rockets and flying bombs. He was the son-in-law of British wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill and was wounded during the Second World War in Norway in 1941 which resulted in him having a permanent limp. See more »


When Phil Bradley is interviewed for undercover work, he shows off his fluent German. Then, he is given a phony French identity and assigned to Belgium. 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 Mosquito Squadron (1969) See more »

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Too Talky In the Middle Bogs Down 'Thriller'
1 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This World War II movie starts off strong with an interesting story about the Nazis experimenting with rockets and showing some of the problems they had in getting them to work. (This was before anyone had done this.)

Meanwhile, the British suspect something is up regarding this experimentation and send some spies to find out. Unfortunately, from that point the film begins to lag and is way too talky until the action-packed finale. There is simply too much time wasted in the middle of this film, which has an outstanding cast, by the way. However, I agree with reviewer "SgtSlaughter" that is just an "average war thriller." Personally, I'd like to see a re-make of this movie.

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