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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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Gen. Linz
Barbara Rütting ...
Hannah Reitsch (as Barbara Rueting)
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Wing Cmdr. Kendall
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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 (53) »

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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)  »

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Code Name: Operation Crossbow  »

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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

Douglas Home, brother of Sir Alec Douglas-Home wrote an early draft of the script. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, the rocket being launched is shown as having four engines, whereas the V2 only had a single engine. However, this is supposed to be the long-range (and entirely fictitious) "New York" rocket. See more »

Quotes

[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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Featured in Galactica 1980: Galactica Discovers Earth: Part 2 (1980) 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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