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Robert Culp plays Bracken, whose life seems perfect until his wife Ellen and their children are kidnapped by terrorists one day. After failed attempts to capture them back by the police, ... See full summary »

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Auerbach
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Ben
Zouzou ...
Female terrorist (as Zou Zou)
Kenneth Griffith ...
Wasserman
Werner Pochath ...
Number One Terrorist
Antonis Antypas ...
Dimitri (as Anthony Antypas)
Telis Zotos ...
Bracken's secretary
Nikos Tsachiridis ...
Gatekeeper
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Joe (as Ernie Orsatti)
Barbara Trentham ...
Della
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Martin
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Robert Culp plays Bracken, whose life seems perfect until his wife Ellen and their children are kidnapped by terrorists one day. After failed attempts to capture them back by the police, Ellen's ex husband enters the fray and plans his own rescue attempt. James Coburn plays McCabe, Ellen's ex-husband who hires a crew of professional hang gliders to help him rescue her and the kids from the terrorist's mountain top lair. Written by Patrick Knightly <pjknight@polsci.umass.edu>

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They soared from the skies to stage the most daring rescue ever filmed See more »

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Action | Adventure

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21 May 1976 (West Germany)  »

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Assault on the Forbidden Fortress  »

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A large slogan saying "Assault on the Forbidden Fortress" confusingly suggested that this was the film's title on some of the picture's American movie posters. See more »

Goofs

During the supposed night-time rescue operation when the rescuers hang-glided in for the rescue, you can clearly see the shadows of the hang gliders on the rocks below them. So, clearly these scenes were shot in the daytime with a dark filter used to make it look like nighttime. See more »

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"You must not be afraid to make a decision".
25 December 2013 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Looks cheap, grungy and is thinly plotted, but the cast (James Coburn, Robert Culp, Susannah York, John Beck and Charles Aznavour) along with the Greek scenery and aerial stunt work (hang gliding) go a long way in making this an entertainingly sweeping, old-fashioned action joint with striking showpieces. The opening (the kidnapping) and closing sequences (the in and out rescue at night) do manage to rally plenty of tension especially during the climax set against an isolated medieval monastery in the mountains, but in between that it's somewhat mechanical in its elaborate structure. A waiting game and plans being formulated with some preachy inclusions. Well we have revolutionary terrorists fighting imperialism. Gladly Coburn's hardy presence keeps you hooked for the ride. Director Douglas Hickox paces it rather well and his streamlined handling offers numerous nitty gritty passages, despite some stagy moments. Music composer Lalo Schifrin gives the presentation a bit more oomph with his grand, luxurious arrangement. A tough, but breezy 70-s drive-in action adventure.


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