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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 »
User Reviews:
Too Talky In the Middle Bogs Down 'Thriller' See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
Ernest Blyth ... German Officer Leaving Drinks Party (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)
Victor Harrington ... Man in Air Raid Shelter (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)
Roy Lansford ... Army Officer (uncredited)
Charles Lloyd Pack ... Technical Examiner (uncredited)

Philip Madoc ... German Police Officer (uncredited)
Alf Mangan ... Foreign Engineer (uncredited)
Jack May ... Man with Head out of Window (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)
Guy Standeven ... Volunteer Agent (uncredited)
John Tatum ... German Officer (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:
"Code Name: Operation Crossbow" - , USA (working title)
"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 | Australia:G (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | 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:
Around half of Richard Johnson's scenes were cut.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: As the heroes cross into Germany from occupied Holland, the tri-colored German flag is on prominent display at the border post. This flag was ditched by the Nazis in 1933 and didn't come back into use until the late 1940s.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Undergrunnen (1966)See more »

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12 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Too Talky In the Middle Bogs Down 'Thriller', 1 July 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This World War II movie starts off strong with an interesting story about the Nazis experimenting with rockets and showing some of the problems they had in getting them to work. (This was before anyone had done this.)

Meanwhile, the British suspect something is up regarding this experimentation and send some spies to find out. Unfortunately, from that point the film begins to lag and is way too talky until the action-packed finale. There is simply too much time wasted in the middle of this film, which has an outstanding cast, by the way. However, I agree with reviewer "SgtSlaughter" that is just an "average war thriller." Personally, I'd like to see a re-make of this movie.

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