A German plot to kidnap Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II.

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Oberst Steiner, a German parachute unit commander, is sent to England on a covert mission to kidnap Prime Minister Winston Churchill and bring him to Berlin. The seemingly impossible assignment becomes more and more feasible as the mission grows nearer with Steiner and his men arriving in England to a very real possibility of success. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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In 1943 sixteen German paratroopers landed in England. In three days they nearly won the War. See more »


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25 December 1976 (Finland)  »

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L'aigle s'est envolé  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Rumours of this film being in preparation began circulating after Sven-Bertil Taube was seen in Stockholm shopping for books on German paratroopers; the likely reason was soon deduced. See more »

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The Germans repeatedly refer to traveling by "E-boat" throughout the film. This was the Allied designation for the type. Germans would have called them "S-boots," short for Schnellboot, or "fast boat." See more »

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Narrator: [WWII News Story] September 12, 1943, German paratroopers snatched Mussolini from his mountaintop prison in Italy.
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Strong Second Half Saves Boring First Hour
10 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I almost gave up on this film after the first hour. It was just too slow for me and I was having difficulty picking up some of dialog with the foreign accents (no subtitles are offered on the DVD).

However, once the "invasion" started the film was very interesting. The only ridiculous part was the role played by Larry Hagman. Liberal Hollywood loves to portray every Southerner as a gung-ho, out-of-control military freak. If I was from the South, I would have been highly offended at this stereotype.

What's really different about this film is that it's a World War II story told from the German side where the Germans are pictured as humane people. You don't see that too much from English-speaking filmmakers.

Michael Caine is the most likable of these people, one of those given the assignment of kidnapping Winston Churchill (interesting premise, off the best- selling book by Jack Higgins). Donald Sutherland plays an Irishman recruited to help in the kidnapping and he's fun to watch.

This is really a man's movie, something like "The Guns Of Navarone," but they inserted Jenny Agutter in here to give the viewers a pretty face and some romance, even though it has absolutely no bearing on the story.

Robert Duvall, Jean Marsh, Treat Williams, Donald Pleasance and Anthony Quayle are some of the other "name" actors who contribute. All in all, a pretty good movie if you can get by that first hour!


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