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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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
They look like Nazis but . . . The Major is British . . . The Lieutenant is American . . . The Beautiful Frauleins are Allied Agents! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The fortress - impenetrable. The army guarding it - invincible. Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton - UNSTOPPABLE! See more (224 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
158 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
The driving force behind the film was Richard Burton's stepson, who wanted to see his stepfather in a good old-fashioned adventure movie. Burton approached producer Elliott Kastner for ideas, who asked Alistair MacLean. At that time, most of MacLean's novels had either been made into films, or were in the process of being filmed. Kastner persuaded MacLean to write a new story. Six weeks later, MacLean delivered the script.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: With the Germans approaching the wood shed, Major Smith sets trip wire explosives and tells Lt. Schaffer to go out the window. Lt. Schaffer opens the window and begins his exit by straddling the window sill. In the next shot he is seen with both knees on the sill and he is backing out the window.See more »
Quotes:
Gen. Rosemeyer:This is preposterous!
[when Smith makes the discussion more confusing than it already was]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Censuren - En thriller (2011) (TV)See more »

FAQ

Who killed the 2 other members of the team?
Did the Germans really have helicopters in World War 2?
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60 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
The fortress - impenetrable. The army guarding it - invincible. Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton - UNSTOPPABLE!, 10 January 2006
Author: BroadswordCallinDannyBoy from Boston, MA

A team of elite covert agents working for the British Government is sent to infiltrate a huge Nazi fortress. Their mission: evacuate an Allied General who has detailed knowledge of the Normandy invasion. Parachuting down into the Alps the team soon discovers that one of them is dead and that there is a Nazi traitor in their midst. And that is not all what's going on...

From opening scene to final scene Alistair MacLean's screenplay is a masterpiece of the action genre with a detailed and involving plot that unfolds in a very interesting manner. There are plenty of hairpin turns along the way that build up the suspense to a truly explosive TNT packed climax. That is all thanks to Brian Hutton's direction, which is, well, a blueprint for contemporary studio-budget action film-making. The film is long, but the real-time development of many scenes makes for terrific suspense even in slow moments and utterly breakneck action scenes. The best example is the final 45 minutes - an escape scene in real-time as our heroes breakout of the Schloss Adler. Consisting of shootouts, fights, chases, explosions, and car crashing it is probably one of the best action sequences ever made. For reasons beyond me Brian Hutton's career never fully took off into action adventure film-making, but had it, he would be the Hitchcock of action film-making. This film does to shootouts what Hitchcock did for showers! Well, almost.

Next are the stars - Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton. They are the leaders of the covert operation and they are a terrific, fearless, sub-machine gun totting duo who give the Nazis what they deserve most - pure hell. The classic corridor shootout as Eastwood fends of soldiers from the castle radio room is brilliant and ridiculous at the same time - he takes 'em all out! With a submachine gun in each hand! Make no mistake, this movie is ridiculous and wholly improbable, but if you find an action film that is more entertaining, involving, and suspenseful, along with being pure fun to watch, I'll be damned.

If that's the cake, then the icing must be Ron Goodwin's amazing score of epic proportions. First appearing in the opening credits (or the DVD main menu) it is the type of stuff that makes contemporary master film composer Hans Zimmer proud.

Action film fans, this is one of the ultimate movies for you. Take note - Watch it! 10/10

Rated PG, quite generously, for pretty extensive violence and action

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