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Where Eagles Dare -- The mission is clear. Get in. Get the general. Get out. Commandos charged with freeing U.S. general should also be told to trust nothing.
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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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Most Exciting, Atmospheric, Ingenious--McLean Served Well This Time See more (224 total) »


  (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)

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Nazi concentration camp survivor Ingrid Pitt found filming very difficult because many of the cast were wearing World War II German army uniforms.See more »
Factual errors: Everyone, Allied and Axis alike, refer to the German mountain troops as the "Alpenkorps" throughout the film. The Alpenkorps was a real unit, but it was disbanded at the end of WWI. The WWII incarnation was known as the Gebirgsjager, the designation it carries to this day.See more »
Major John Smith:[to Schaeffer] In your own idiom, you're a 'punk'. And a pretty second rate punk at that.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into The Loch Ness Horror (1981)See more »


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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Most Exciting, Atmospheric, Ingenious--McLean Served Well This Time, 14 June 2005
Author: silverscreen888

"Where Eagles Dare" was produced by folks who decided that Alistair Macleam deserved to be produced on film by someone who followed the author's exciting ideas. The result is a major improvement of the Us-er qualities of the character played by Clint Eastwood, the potent casting of Richard Burton, who is very very good (for once) in an adventure-level lead as the infinitely-resourceful leader of a WWII team of destructive agents, and an intelligent if action-level work of cinematic artistry. Others have written very well on this film; what I want to add to their basic core of arguments is some notes about the acting and ideas. From the group's boss, Michael Hordern to the ladies, Mary Ure and zoftik Ingrid Pitt, to enigmatic Robert Beatty, everyone involved is more than adequate in his/her part to very good. The three enemies, Ferdy Mayne, Derrin Nesbitt and Anton Diffring excel in whatever scenes they are given; and Peter Barkworth, Donald Houston, Patrick Wymark, et al as traitors have never been seen to greater advantage. Director Brian Hutton faced the all-but-impossible task of bringing a vaguely-implausible raid staged in snow country on an isolated castle to life. With stirring music, lovely art direction and edge-of-impossible special effects involving explosives, running machine-gun duels in a bus, falling telephone poles, a battle on a cable car, wrecking at an airport and a parachute drop betrayed from the start, he manages to bring the entire tale off very nicely by my standards. The other chief asset of the film lies in its unusually intelligent dialogue, plot turns and constant surprise. I counted at least seven major surprises, every one of which as in a good Hitchcockian thriller leads to a memorable scene; these are therefore not just script gimmicks, but rather they qualify as ingenious use of the adventure genre to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. This film perhaps is what James Bond films always should have been, but only in the case of "Doctor No" and "Goldfinger" ever were. One could wish that "The Secret Ways", "Ice Station Zebra" and several others of McLean's thrillers had been treated with as much respect, and near genius, as this memorable piece of screen excitement was (for once) afforded.

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