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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:
" Yours will be a deep, dark secret, evidently to be taken to your death " See more (49 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)
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)
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
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:
Has yet to be released on DVD in the United Kingdom, despite being a co-British production.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as 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 »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Damnation Alley (1977)See more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
" Yours will be a deep, dark secret, evidently to be taken to your death ", 25 August 2010
Author: thinker1691 from USA

In the annals of Allied history is one of the most secret and certainly most desperate covert attempts to destroy the Nazi's ultimate weapons. These weapons were called the Vengeance Rockets which nearly destroyed England and it willingness to survive. This story written by Duilio Coleitto and directed by Michael Anderson is comparatively close to the actual facts. The conclusion in England was that the V-1 and V-2 were wreaking havoc on London and the prime Minister (Patrick Wymark) called on his war ministry to design a plan to destroy them. Innically, the secret operation was called 'Operation Bodyline' but changed for the movie under " Operation Crossbow." The idea was to select allied officers, trained and educated as engineers, fly them to Germany, have them infiltrate the German War Machine and sabotage the entire V-rocket plant. What they did not harp on was that is was also considered a suicide mission. George Peppard, Tom Courtenay and Jeremy Kemp play the incredibly courageous allied agents who must carry out the task. Anthony Quayle is superb as the traitorous English/German counter agent who's job it is to stop them. Richard Todd, Paul Henreid, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Richard Johnson and Sophia Loren round out the cast. The movie is incredible with actual WWII footage and surprisingly great dramatic acting. The introduction of Sophia Loren within the actual story is puzzling, but interesting. A very good WWII action movie considered a Classic by many movie fans. ****

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