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Director:
Writers:
Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay)
Jack Higgins (novel)
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Release Date:
25 December 1976 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
In 1943 sixteen German paratroopers landed in England. In three days they nearly won the War. See more »
Plot:
A German plot to kidnap Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
It's not the best example of seventies war movies, but it works See more (87 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Caine ... Colonel Steiner

Donald Sutherland ... Liam Devlin

Robert Duvall ... Colonel Radl

Jenny Agutter ... Molly

Donald Pleasence ... Himmler

Anthony Quayle ... Admiral Canaris

Jean Marsh ... Joanna Grey

Sven-Bertil Taube ... Captain von Neustadt

John Standing ... Father Verecker

Judy Geeson ... Pamela

Treat Williams ... Captain Clark

Larry Hagman ... Colonel Pitts
Alexei Jawdokimov ... Corporal Kuniski
Richard Wren

Michael Byrne ... Karl
Joachim Hansen ... SS-Obergruppenführer
Denis Lill
Rick Parsé (as Rick Parse)
Léonie Thelen (as Leonie Thelen)
Keith Buckley
Terence Plummer (as Terry Plummer)
Tim Barlow ... George Wilde (Publican)
John Barrett ... Laker Armsby
Kate Binchy

Maurice Roëves ... Maj. Corcoran (as Maurice Roeves)

David Gilliam

Jeff Conaway ... Frazier
Asa Teeter

Rob Reece (as Robert G. Reece)
Jack McCulloch
Siegfried Rauch ... Sgt. Brandt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Allen ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Leigh Dilley ... Winston Churchill / George Fowler (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Motorbike Outrider (uncredited)
Paul Finemore ... Dead Diver (uncredited)

Anthony Forrest ... Sgt. Hayley (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself - Greets Mussolini After Rescue (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wolf Kahler ... Hauptsturmführer Fleischer (uncredited)
George Leech ... Traumer (uncredited)
Roy Marsden ... Stormbandführer Toberg, SS (uncredited)
Ferdy Mayne ... Radl's Doctor (uncredited)
Peter Miles ... Adolf Hitler (uncredited)
Benito Mussolini ... Himself - Rescued by Skorzeny (archive footage) (uncredited)
Otto Skorzeny ... Himself - Rescues Mussolini, Wears Binoculars (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joachim von Ribbentrop ... Himself - Greets Mussolini and Hitler, Wears White Lapels (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kent Williams ... Mallory (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Sturges 
 
Writing credits
Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay)

Jack Higgins (novel)

Produced by
David Niven Jr. .... producer
Jack Wiener .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Anthony B. Richmond (director of photography) (as Anthony Richmond)
 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
 
Production Design by
Peter Murton 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Bishop 
 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist
Betty Glasow .... hairdresser
Mike Jones .... hairdresser (as Michael Jones)
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Basil Rayburn .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David C. Anderson .... assistant director (as David Anderson)
Terence Churcher .... second assistant director (as Terry Churcher)
Michael Stevenson .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Peter James .... set dresser
John Paterson .... construction manager
John Chisholm .... property master (uncredited)
Brian Muir .... sculptor (uncredited)
Terry Wells .... stand-by property master (uncredited)
Barry Wilkinson .... stand-by props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Robin Gregory .... sound recordist
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Jeremy Hume .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Terry Sharratt .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roy Whybrow .... special effects
Chris Corbould .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gerry Crampton .... stunt coordinator
Gillian Aldam .... stunts (uncredited)
Del Baker .... stunts (uncredited)
Andy Bradford .... stunts (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Gerry Crampton .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Dowdall .... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Emerson .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Hammatt .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Hobbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Jazzer Jeyes .... stunts (uncredited)
George Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
Mark McBride .... stunts (uncredited)
Valentino Musetti .... stunts (uncredited)
Terence Plummer .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Shepherd .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Stacey .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Weston .... stunt double: Michael Caine (uncredited)
Bill Weston .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... aerial photographer
James Bawden .... camera operator
Martin Evans .... electrical supervisor
Gordon Hayman .... camera operator: second unit
George Whitear .... stills
John Wilcox .... director of photography: second unit
Harry Jackson .... best boy (uncredited)
Mike Roberts .... focus puller (uncredited)
Derek Suter .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elsa Fennell .... wardrobe supervisor
Mike Jarvis .... wardrobe master (as Michael Jarvis)
 
Music Department
Peter Watson .... music editor
John Graves .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Beharrell .... production accountant
Douglas Bianci .... aviation consultant
Edna Bianci .... aviation consultant
Penelope Forrester .... assistant to producer
Ray Freeborn .... location manager
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (as Geoffrey Freeman)
Ray Frift .... location manager
Hubert Fröhlich .... German adviser (as Hubert Froehlich)
Lew Grade .... presenter: for (as Sir Lew Grade)
Bernard Hanson .... location manager
Sally Jones .... continuity
Åke Lindman .... Finnish production consultant (as Ake Lindman)
Andrew Mollo .... historical consultant
John Dodds .... runner (uncredited)
Paul Tivers .... set runner (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
135 min | Germany:125 min (25 fps) (TV version) | UK:145 min (25 fps) (extended version) | USA:123 min | USA:131 min (DVD version)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | 4-Track Stereo (some 35 mm prints) (London premiere print)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 (1977) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating: extended version) (2004) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (2000) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (f)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The phrase "The Eagle has landed" was the first message transmitted by a human from another world, to Earth. This specifically excludes the landing discussion between Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong which was not directed at Earth, and "Houston, Tranquility Base here" as this was preamble.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the scene at the port on Alderney, we see an army truck that has a Wehrmacht numberplate (beginning WH) but which carries the 'wolf hook' insignia of Das Reich, an SS division.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator:[WWII News Story] September 12, 1943, German paratroopers snatched Mussolini from his mountaintop prison in Italy.
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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
It's not the best example of seventies war movies, but it works, 30 June 2005
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

Partially thanks to my father I've always been a fan of war movies and that's how I already saw several of them as a kid. But of course as a kid I wasn't as critical towards them as I am today. Several of the war movies from the sixties and seventies now seem dated and very unbelievable (think for instance of "Where Eagles Dare" from 1968, which many people seem to like, but which lacks all realism as the Allies seem impenetrable by German bullets). But that doesn't mean that they all are bad. Take for instance "Cross of Iron", "All Quiet on the Western Front" (the TV remake), "A Bridge Too Far",... which are one by one excellent movies. If I have to give this movie a place in between these two categories, than I would say right in the middle. It isn't the best war movie from that time period, but it's far from bad.

Based on the novel by Jack Higgins, this movie tells the story of Colonel Steiner, a German parachute unit commander, who has been court-marshaled for opposing the SS in rounding up Jews. To avoid further imprisonment and certain death, he is offered the chance to go on an assignment in England. He and his unit will have to kidnap the British Prime Minister Winston Churchil on a covert mission. They decide to go for the seemingly impossible assignment and dressed as Polish soldiers on a training maneuver, they soon take over a small English town, waiting for the visit of the Prime Minister who will take his vacation there...

Even though I have read the book, I'm not really able to tell you whether the adaption to the movie has been a success or not. I read the book about ten years ago and it's impossible for me to remember all the details. However, as I already said, this certainly isn't a bad movie. The acting for instance is very nice. People like Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall,... all did a nice job. Especially Donald Sutherland stole the show playing the IRA militant and full time playboy Liam Devlin. What I also liked was that the 'Germans' didn't speak with some funny accent, but spoke fluent English. I prefer to hear the Germans speak German, but when that it isn't possible, this option is the best to go for. There is nothing more hateful than a well-known Hollywood actor who tries to make you believe that he speaks a language other than English (it never works and only brings down the quality of a movie).

Overall this is a good WWII movie that shows the war from a different perspective, namely from the German side. For some that will probably make it uninteresting as they see the Germans as the stupid bad guys, unable of doing some daring operations, but for me it works. I really liked this movie and all its aspects. The story is nice, the action scenes look more than OK, the acting is very good,... I really liked it all and that's why I give this movie a 7.5/10.

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