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Operation Crossbow
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Director:
Writers:
Duilio Coletti (original story) and
Vittoriano Petrilli (original story) ...
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Release Date:
1 April 1965 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Sabotage of Hitler's ingenious weapons of mass destruction...the V1 and V2 rockets! See more »
Plot:
Allied agents attempt to infiltrate the Nazis' rocket research site. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Nazi | German | Rocket | V2 | V1
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Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(13 articles)
Top 10 war movies
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 29 October 2013, 1:26 AM, PDT)

Bill Edwards, 1929-2013
 (From ScreenDaily. 2 August 2013, 2:53 PM, PDT)

From Freedom Fighter to Blacklisted 'Subversive'; Henreid Takes a Last Bow Tonight
 (From Alt Film Guide. 30 July 2013, 6:22 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Secret Mission To Destroy The German V-1 & V-2 Weapons Threatening England See more (46 total) »

Cast

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Sophia Loren ... Nora Van Ostamgen

George Peppard ... Lt. John Curtis

Trevor Howard ... Prof. Lindemann

John Mills ... Gen. Boyd

Richard Johnson ... Duncan Sandys

Tom Courtenay ... Robert Henshaw

Jeremy Kemp ... Phil Bradley

Anthony Quayle ... Bamford

Lilli Palmer ... Frieda

Paul Henreid ... Gen. Ziemann
Helmut Dantine ... Gen. Linz
Barbara Rütting ... Hannah Reitsch (as Barbara Rueting)

Richard Todd ... Wing Cmdr. Kendall

Sylvia Syms ... Constance Babington Smith
John Fraser ... Flight Lt. Kenny
Maurice Denham ... RAF Officer
Patrick Wymark ... Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Wolf Frees ... German Police Inspector
Moray Watson ... Col. Kenneth Post
Richard Wattis ... Sir Charles Sims
Allan Cuthbertson ... German Technical Examiner
Karel Stepanek ... Prof. Hoffer
William Mervyn ... Dutch Technical Examiner
Milo Sperber ... German Hotel Porter
George Mikell ... German Officer at V2 Launch
Ferdy Mayne ... German Officer at rocket plant

Robert Brown ... Air Commodore
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gordon Jackson ... R.A.F. Pilot (scenes deleted)

John Le Mesurier ... British Army Officer (scenes deleted)
John Abineri ... German Policeman (uncredited)

John Alderton ... RAF 'Dakota' Navigator (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper ... Power Plant Operator (uncredited)
Maxwell Craig ... German Soldier (uncredited)
George Curtis ... German Policeman (uncredited)
Guy Deghy ... Dutch Barge Skipper (uncredited)
Anton Diffring ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Carl Duering ... German Officer Arriving at Rocket Plant (uncredited)
Frank Foley ... Parachute Instructor (uncredited)
Paul Hansard ... German Policeman (uncredited)
Philo Hauser ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Gerard Heinz ... German Officer (uncredited)
John G. Heller ... German Officer in Charge of V2 Launch (uncredited)
Drewe Henley ... (uncredited)
Carl Jaffe ... German Officer at Rocket Plant (uncredited)
Gertan Klauber ... Security Guard at Rocket Plant (uncredited)
Charles Lloyd Pack ... Technical Examiner (uncredited)
Philip Madoc ... German Police Officer (uncredited)
Rudolph Offenbach ... Rocket Launch Leader (uncredited)
James Payne ... Lorry Driver in Airfield (uncredited)
John Ronane ... RAF 'Dakota' Pilot (uncredited)
Paddy Ryan ... Power Plant Operator (uncredited)
Richard Shaw ... German Officer (uncredited)
Jeremy Spenser ... SS Officer at Rocket Plant (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Anderson 
 
Writing credits
Duilio Coletti (original story) and
Vittoriano Petrilli (original story)

Emeric Pressburger (screenplay) (as Richard Imrie) &
Derry Quinn (screenplay) and
Ray Rigby (screenplay)

Produced by
Carlo Ponti .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ron Goodwin 
 
Cinematography by
Erwin Hillier (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ernest Walter 
 
Art Direction by
Elliot Scott 
 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Sydney Streeter .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Basil Rayburn .... assistant director
Stuart Black .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Roger Simons .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Willem Mooijman .... props language advisor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer
Allan Sones .... sound editor
Gerry Turner .... sound recordist
A.W. Watkins .... recording supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Tom Howard .... special effects
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Harris .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Kindred .... camera operator (as Robert Kindred)
Wally Fairweather .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Martyn K.E. Green .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... transportation chief (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bernard Doret .... subtitles
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Great Spy Mission" - UK (alternative title), USA (reissue title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some war violence
Runtime:
115 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Black and White (archive footage) | Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (35 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG-13 | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Plot holes: When Peppard and Courtney's characters are entering Germany on the Rhine River boat, their guide is speaking a broken English. However, both are supposed to be fluent in German and possibly Dutch there is no need for English.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Damnation Alley (1977)See more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Secret Mission To Destroy The German V-1 & V-2 Weapons Threatening England, 31 July 2005
Author: Daniel P. Christopher from Patchogue, New York, U.S.A.

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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