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Operation Cross Eagles (1968)

R | | War | 1969 (USA)
In this thrilling war drama set in Yugoslavia during WWII, a small band of courageous commandoes are sent to kidnap an important German commander in exchange for an American general being held in a German fortress.

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Lt. Bradford
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Sgt. Sean McAfee
Aili King ...
Anna
Rada Djuricin ...
Fulda (as Rada Duricin)
Relja Basic ...
Admiral Von Vogels (as Relja Bashich)
Abdurrahman Shala ...
Kalich (as Abdul Rahman)
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Sgt. Turley
Demeter Bitenc ...
Bell
Rick West ...
SS Colonel Streich
Janez Vajevec ...
Tanley
Boris Cavazza ...
Leasco
Danilo Turk
Laci Cigoj ...
Brucic
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In this thrilling war drama set in Yugoslavia during WWII, a small band of courageous commandoes are sent to kidnap an important German commander in exchange for an American general being held in a German fortress.

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The only film directed by Richard Conte. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: In World War II the fighting that raged in The Balkans was both vicious and bizarre. It was a brutal kind of war, a war in which an occupied people waged a constant struggle against forty elite Nazi divisions; a war in which more than two million of the population were killed.

The courageous battle fought by these underground fighters and the handful of Allied soldiers who fought beside them, forced Germany to siphon precious and badly needed troops from the battle lines of Africa, Sicily, Normandy and Stalingrad.

This is only one of a hundred stories from this bizarre war. See more »

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The invasion of the Balkans
2 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

Richard Conte and Rory Calhoun and a mostly continental cast made Operation Cross Eagles over in Yugoslavia. As united Yugoslavia under Marshal Tito was charting its own course during the Cold War western films were finding it congenial territory to do some shooting there. Also Tito himself was looking to develop a Yugoslav film industry and B picture players like Calhoun and Conte were finding it harder and harder to get work in the USA. Conte also doubled as director.

I'm sure Conte didn't like the experience of directing because he never did it again. He and Calhoun look pretty bored the expressions of actors waiting for their paychecks to clear.

The setting of the film was the underground war in the Balkans. As we well know the British and American military never heavily invested in that theater. What participation there was came from organizations like MI5 for the British and the OSS for the Americans. Sterling Hayden actually did serve in that theater as an OSS operative.

Here we are concerned with the rescue of an officer in the British army who doesn't even sound British who knows the plans of Operation Cross Eagles the planned Allied invasion of the Balkans. As we know from history that never happened there must be more to it. There is.

But Conte directed a film that needed life support. It's dull and listless and a pale imitation of Guns Of Navarone in many respects.

For fans of Conte and Calhoun only.


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