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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:
Intelligent Espionage Thriller 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
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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:
In this movie, the character of Hannah Reitsch, played by Barbara Rütting(as Barbara Rueting), 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.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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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Intelligent Espionage Thriller, 1 November 2005
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

In order to get the most enjoyment out of OPERATION CROSSBOW it's necessary to view it as a tense espionage thriller rather than a flat out war film . There's little in the way of battle sequences and what we have instead is something along the lines of a John Le Carre or Frederick Forsyth bestseller where a bunch of secret agents are sent to infiltrate the Nazi V weapon project and right away anything that can go wrong will go wrong

I admit that this movie isn't entirely credible and we see a female Nazi test pilot . What the Luftwaffe had female test pilots during the war ? Plus despite what you might learn from this movie the course of the war didn't rest on Nazi V weapon technology because the Germans had effectively lost the war on the Eastern front by this stage . But it's only a movie not a documentary and the good far outweighs the bad . We have an all star cast and despite some of the roles ( I'm thinking of the top billed Sophia Loren and Tom Courtenay ) being superfluous to the plot everyone gives a good performance . It may not be politically correct to point this out but the Germans are shown as human beings believing in their cause rather than goose stepping goons with hideously silly accents , and as I said in the previous paragraph everything that can go wrong for the allied spies does go wrong so we've got a tense and exciting thriller . Recommended

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