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Release Date:
12 March 1969 (USA) See more »
They look like Nazis but . . . The Major is British . . . The Lieutenant is American . . . The Beautiful Frauleins are Allied Agents! See more »
Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Burton ... Maj. Smith

Clint Eastwood ... Schaffer

Mary Ure ... Mary Ellison
Patrick Wymark ... Col. Turner

Michael Hordern ... Adm. Rolland

Donald Houston ... Christiansen

Peter Barkworth ... Berkeley
William Squire ... Thomas

Robert Beatty ... Carnaby

Brook Williams ... Sgt. Harrod
Neil McCarthy ... Sgt. Jock MacPherson
Vincent Ball ... Carpenter
Anton Diffring ... Col. Kramer

Ferdy Mayne ... Rosemeyer

Derren Nesbitt ... Von Hapen
Victor Beaumont ... Col. Weissner

Ingrid Pitt ... Heidi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Beale ... Telephone Orderly (uncredited)
Ivor Dean ... German Officer #2 (uncredited)
Guy Deghy ... Maj. Wilhelm Wilner (uncredited)
Jim Dowdall ... Extra (uncredited)
Max Faulkner ... Sgt. Hartmann (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... German Soldier (uncredited)
John G. Heller ... German Major - at 'Zum Wilden Hirsch' (uncredited)
Lyn Kennington ... German Woman (uncredited)
Nigel Lambert ... Young German Soldier (uncredited)
Olga Lowe ... Lt. Anne-Marie Kernitser (uncredited)
Ian McCulloch ... German Officer (uncredited)
Terence Mountain ... German Radio Op (uncredited)
Derek Newark ... German Major (uncredited)
Anton Rodgers ... German Officer at Airfield (uncredited)
Bill Sawyer ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Jack Silk ... German Officer at Ammunitions Shed (uncredited)
Philip Stone ... Sky Tram Operator (uncredited)
Jim Tyson ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Ernst Walder ... Airport Control Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian G. Hutton 
Writing credits
Alistair MacLean (story)

Alistair MacLean (screenplay)

Alistair MacLean  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Denis Holt .... associate producer
Elliott Kastner .... producer
Jerry Gershwin .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Ron Goodwin 
Cinematography by
Arthur Ibbetson (photographed by)
Film Editing by
John Jympson 
Art Direction by
Peter Mullins 
Costume Design by
Arthur Newman (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Tony Sforzini .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ted Lloyd .... production supervisor
Tom Sachs .... unit manager: second unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colin M. Brewer .... assistant director (as Colin Brewer)
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director
Anthony Waye .... assistant director: second unit
Patrick Clayton .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Chris Kenny .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Arthur Taksen .... set dresser
Mickey Lennon .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
John Bramall .... sound recordist
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer
Richard Best Jr. .... foley artist (uncredited)
Peter Dobson .... assistant foley artist (uncredited)
Michael Hickey .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Fred Hellenburgh .... special effects
Richard Parker .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Tom Howard .... photographic effects
Gillian Aldam .... stunt double: Mary Ure (uncredited)
Peter Brace .... stunts (uncredited)
Tim Condren .... stunts (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom L. Dittman .... stunt double: Robert Beatty (uncredited)
Jim Dowdall .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Everson .... stunts (uncredited)
Max Faulkner .... stunts (uncredited)
Harry Fielder .... stunts (uncredited)
Tex Fuller .... stunts (uncredited)
Romo Gorrara .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Graydon .... stunts (uncredited)
Alf Joint .... stunt arranger (uncredited)
Alf Joint .... stunt double: Richard Burton (uncredited)
Alf Joint .... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Lester .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Jimmy Lodge .... stunts (uncredited)
Dave Newman .... stunts (uncredited)
Terence Plummer .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Powell .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
Eddie Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunt arranger (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Richards .... stunts (uncredited)
Doug Robinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Sawyer .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
Bill Sawyer .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Silk .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Thong .... stunts (uncredited)
Les White .... stunts (uncredited)
David Wilding .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Yorke .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
H.A.R. Thomson .... second unit cameraman
Paul Wilson .... camera operator
Douglas Adamsson .... photographer: aerial unit (uncredited)
Bob Bremner .... gaffer (uncredited)
Dennis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
Ginger Gemmel .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
John Jay .... still photographer (uncredited)
Allan Jones .... focus puller (uncredited)
Edward Michael Perry .... electrician (uncredited)
Kelvin Pike .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Graham Scaife .... clapper loader (uncredited)
David Wynn-Jones .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Alan Strachan .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
Brian Couzens .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Penny Daniels .... continuity
Al Lettieri .... dialogue coach (as Alfredo Lettieri)
Marion Rosenberg .... assistant to producer
Raymond Becket .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brian L. Davis .... military advisor (uncredited)
Steve Pickard .... process projectionist trainee (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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158 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:14 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 (1969) | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (1994) | USA:PG | USA:M (original rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Kenneth Griffith was first intended for the Peter Barkworth role.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Throughout most of the film, Smith refers to Schaffer as "Lieutenant," using the British pronunciation "lef-tenant." But in the final scene in the airplane, he uses the American pronunciation "loo-tenant."See more »
Lt. Morris Schaffer:Look, Major, either you start playing it straight or you can deal me out of this mess. Now we both know that radio operator wasn't killed in any drop. Now with MacPherson dead, there's only five of us left. So either you let me know what's going on or there's only gonna be four.See more »
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45 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Great Escapist Entertainment, 23 August 2002
Author: Sonatine97 ( from Birmingham, England

Perhaps one of the best war films ever to come out of Hollywood, WED, is typical Boys-Own, escapist adventure, where our heroes (Burton, Eastwood et al) can do no wrong and the action comes thick and fast.

But this isn't total mindless violence (see Rambo 2, for that kind of rubbish). WED does have a decent story and nice little plot twists, that although not totally plausible do make the film a bit more thought-provoking than just watching 148 minutes of gun fire, explosions, decapitations and soldiers being thrown off cable cars at great altitude.

Even though both Eastwood & Burton hog most of the show (and rightly so), they are ably supporting by two women (Mary Ure & Ingrid Pitt). Both women don't have chunky roles but its significant to see any females play such positive parts in what is mostly a male arena when it comes to war films.

Some of the photography is absolutely stunning even though some of the stunts are clearly filmed in the relative safety of a studio, and it shows too!

The acting, although not as po-faced, talky & self-righteous as the film's nearest rival, The Guns Of Navarone (see review), is good by most standards. Burton looks perhaps little old for this kind of all-out hero roll, but he manages to pull it off with his fierce determination and calm disposition.

As for Eastwood, well it meant a uniformed departure from his poncho, gun holster & cowboy hat from his day with Sergio Leone. He is still playing the same kind of character as The Man With No Name, and is still killing hundreds of bad guys while looking suitably cool & reserved, the only difference is the era - from the Wild West to WW2.

But surprisingly the combination of Burton's classical approach to acting & Eastwood's brash new-kid-on-the block 60s adaption works quite well and make for a good partnership as they go about kicking German Butt in their usual inimitable ways.

Brian Hutton's direction follows the pace & temperament of Alistair MacLean's sparkly screenplay although I do feel the film is a tad too long and I think about 15 minutes could've been cut without really upsetting the balance of the story.

WED doesn't challenge the brain, it is thought-provoking in its own little ways and probably bares little or no resemblance to how life was really like during the real WW2. But for all that WED is great entertainment. It doesn't insult the intelligence but then again it was never meant to. But what we are left with is a very enjoyable romp with a great cast and superb scenary.

It doesn't take itself too seriously as Guns Of Navarone does; and neither is it just mindless violence (Rambo 2). This film dares to be different and succeeds in spades.



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