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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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Gen. Boyd
Duncan Sandys
Phil Bradley
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Wing Cmdr. Kendall
Constance Babington Smith
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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nazi | german | rocket | v2 | v1 | See All (57) »


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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(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?


This film's title is the same code-name for the real World War II spy mission, which was code-named "Crossbow". After the Second World War, because of this movie's title, reference to these events popularized them as being "Operation Crossbow". See more »


The same victims appear after both V-1 and V-2 attacks - the footage showing the rescue from a collapsed building has a shaggy headed (for 1944) man being helped from the wreckage (on the right side of the frame), shown as a distance shot through a hole in a wall, then first appearing, and finally stumbling out. Note there is one rescuer with a white helmet in all these scenes. 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.
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Edited into Damnation Alley (1977) See more »

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George Peppard's Star Turn
8 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

George Peppard had been under exclusive contract to MGM and after making "Subterreans", and "Home From The Hill" Peppard made other than his great hit in "How The West Was Won" movies on loan out to other studios " The Victors" at Columbia and two movies that made him a worldwide superstar "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "The Carpetbaggers" at Paramount. MGM wanted to cash in on the worldwide Peppard super stardom for a movie at his home studio and before his contract elapsed MGM and Peppard agreed to "Operation Crossbow" produced by Carlo Ponti and filmed at MGM's London Studio. MGM gave this film the highest of production values and the presence of Mrs. Ponti aka Sophia Loren first billed as box office insurance as Mr Peppard's co star in a small cameo. Operation Crossbow is a rousing story of the allied commandos set out to destroy the Nazi rockets and the Action is non stop at a high pulse. Director Michael Anderson provides first rate Direction. Lilli Palmer, Richard Johnson, are fine actors and do well here.George Peppard was always professional in his acting and one wonders why he was not ever nominated for his work in any of his Movies.

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