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Operation Crossbow -- An action-packed story of a small group of military agents who are ordered to blow up a secret Nazi missile facility during WWII.

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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:
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NewsDesk:
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Richard Johnson, British Star Of Stage, Screen And Television, Dead At Age 87
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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)

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Relaxed entertainment for war films fans dealing with a espionage tale in which some agents attempt to destroy a Nazi installation See more (51 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)
Harold Coyne ... Foreign Engineer (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)
David Hadda ... V1-Rocket Test Pilot (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)
Fred Wood ... Mess Steward (On the Right) (uncredited)

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
 
Crew verified as complete


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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
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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:
George Peppard and Jeremy Kemp would team up again the following year in The Blue Max (1966), this time playing Germans in WW1.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the German HQ is bombed the portrait of Hitler becomes detached from the wall before the bomb blast.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Mosquito Squadron (1969)See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Relaxed entertainment for war films fans dealing with a espionage tale in which some agents attempt to destroy a Nazi installation, 10 June 2013
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

Exciting WWII military thriller including a moving final and overwhelming pyrotechnics . This interesting picture packs big stars , intrigue , action packed , suspense and historic deeds . It deals with a trio (George Peppard , Tom Courtneay, Jeremy Kemp) of Allied agents are assigned by high command (John Mills , Richard Johnson , Trevor Howard , Richard Todd , Maurice Denham) to destroy a Nazi munitions installation . They attempt to infiltrate the Nazis' rocket research site. Their mission is complicated by appearing a wife (Sophia Loren) , one traitor and several dangers .

Thrilling war film in which there are nail-biting action scenes , drama , intrigue , explosion , suspenseful set pieces and almost overloaded with stars . The movie gets a simple emotional appeal , professionalism and being rightly shot . 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" . This blazing WWII yarn pulled the public into cinemas in droves when it was first released . Director Michael Anderson steered skillfully through its numerous twists . Despite receiving top billing , Sophia Loren only appears in a extended cameo role ; producer Carlo Ponti, Loren's husband, believed his wife's popularity in the United States would boost the film's chances at the box office and had her billed accordingly . Filmed on splashy color and brilliant cinematography by cameraman Erwin Hillier . Breathtaking as well as evocative musical score by Ron Goodwin . Excellent production design and nice special effects , for the section of the film where RAF Bomber Command raid the Peenemunde rocket research site the producers used the Avro Lancaster PA474 used by the Cranfield institute of technology . For the scene in which a street is wiped out by a V-2, the filmmakers actually destroyed a row of flats which were slated for demolition , the shot was, necessarily, done in one take.

This movie is based on historical events , as there appears the character of Hannah Reitsch, played by Barbara Rütting , was a real-life person . Reitsch was a German aviatrix and at one time Adolf Hitler's own personal pilot. During the Battle of Berlin, Reitsch attempted to persuade Hitler to escape from the city in a small lightweight Fieseler Storch airplane . Furthermore , appears 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 . The motion picture was professionally directed by Michael Anderson . He was a craftsman with reputation for making a variety of commercial and amusing films , it's well demonstrated in ¨Operation Crossbow¨. His films from 1953-58 were all quite well received , his cycle ended with the best of them , the suspense , thriller ,¨Chase a crooked shadow¨ . Latterly resident in Canada , he has continued to direct , mainly in lower-profile projects and TV adventure movies . Anderson has filmed all kind of genres as cinema as TV ; such as Adventure : ¨Around the world in 80 days¨ , ¨Doc Savage¨ , ¨The sea Wolf¨ , ¨20.000 leagues under the sea¨ ; Sci-Fi : ¨Logan's run¨, ¨The martian chronicles¨ , ¨Milennium¨ ; Thriller: ¨The Quiller Memorandum , ¨Dominique is dead¨ , ¨The naked edge¨ , The wreck of the Mary Deare¨ , ¨Murder by phone¨ and Wartime : ¨Battle hell¨, ¨Shake hands with the devil¨, Damm Busters¨ and of course , ¨Operation Crossbow¨ .

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