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Operation Crossbow (1965)

 -  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 more »

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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

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:

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title was (briefly) changed by MGM for the US release to "The Great Spy Mission" because the studio thought that having the word "operation" in the title might make people think it was either a medical film or a Robin Hood-type movie, a genre that wasn't doing well at the box office at the time. See more »

Goofs

Although the story takes circa 1943, Sophia Loren's hairstyle and makeup are strictly in the 1965 mode. See more »

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excellent film--interesting topic,...but what's with Sophia Loren?!
9 March 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Okay, let me explain my above comment. On the cover art for the video and on many of the posters, you have images of George Peppard AND Sophia Loren. Now I am a fan of Ms. Loren's films and have nothing against her performance in this film, but she is only a minor character. She enters a scene and is dead a short time later--and that's about the size of her contribution to the movie. The advertising folks for this film should be shot, as if you are watching the movie for her, you'll be very disappointed.

Now on to the movie itself, despite the advertising, this is a war espionage film--not a romance. It's about as romantic as THE LONGEST DAY, in fact. Nope--definitely not a romance. Instead it's a film about Allied agents infiltrating the V-1/V-2 bases at Penemunde. And in this light, it is a very successful and engaging film--very similar to THE HEROES OF TELMARK and other 60s epic war flicks. In fact, it's better than Peppard's more famous war film, THE BLUE MAX, because it is NOT bogged down with a sappy romance and is pure wartime entertainment.


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