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Release Date:
21 May 1976 (West Germany) See more »
He'll try anything once ... especially if it's impossible! See more »
Robert Culp plays Bracken, a rich industrialist whose life seems perfect until his wife, Ellen, and their children are kidnapped by terrorists... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Coburn ... Jim McCabe

Susannah York ... Ellen Bracken

Robert Culp ... Jonas Bracken

Charles Aznavour ... Inspector Nikolidis

Harry Andrews ... Auerbach

John Beck ... 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

Ernie F. Orsatti ... Joe (as Ernie Orsatti)
Barbara Trentham ... Della

Henry Brown ... Martin
Cherie Latimer ... Cora
Simon Harrison ... Jimmy
Stephany Mathews ... Susie
Steven Keats ... Rudy

Directed by
Douglas Hickox 
Writing credits
Jack DeWitt (screenplay) (as Jack De Witt) and
Stanley Mann (screenplay) &
Garry Michael White (screenplay)

Hall T. Sprague (story) and
Bill McGaw (story)

Greg MacGillivray  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Sandy Howard .... executive producer
Bill McGaw .... associate producer
Terry Morse Jr. .... producer
Hall T. Sprague .... associate producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Jim Freeman (director of photography)
Greg MacGillivray (director of photography) (as Greg MacGiilivary)
Ousama Rawi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Malcolm Cooke 
Casting by
Lea Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
Terry Ackland-Snow  (as Terry Ackland Snow)
Costume Design by
Emma Porteous 
Makeup Department
Colin Jamison .... hair stylist
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
Production Management
Aspa Lambrou .... production manager: Greece
Bernard Williams .... production supervisor (as Bernie Williams)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian W. Cook .... assistant director (as Brian Cook)
Chris Kenny .... second assistant director
Ted Sturgis .... assistant director
Art Department
Russell Goble .... propman (as Russ Goble)
Giorgos Iakovidis .... property master: Greece (as George Iakovidis)
Ian Whittaker .... set dresser
Arthur Wicks .... propman
Sound Department
Thanassis Arvanitis .... sound mixer: Greece
Ilias Panagiotopoulos .... boom operator: Greece (as Elias Panayotopoulos)
Special Effects by
Yannis Samiotis .... special effects assistant: Greece (as John Samiotis)
John Stears .... special effects
Bob Wills .... head stunt pilot
Peter Brayham .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Collins .... focus puller
Michael Garfath .... focus puller
Pat Gilluly .... aerial unit camera grip
Philip D. Schwartz .... assistant camera: aerial unit (as Phil Schwartz)
Ronnie Taylor .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Rita Burgess .... assistant editor
Donald Chu .... assistant editor
Christopher Holmes .... supervising editor
Chris Kelly .... assistant editor
Location Management
May Capsaski .... location manager: Greece (as May Kapsaski)
Music Department
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Angela Allen .... script girl
David Dixon .... helicopter pilot
Jim Freeman .... aerial action director
Kurt Kiefer .... hang glider pilot
Yuri Kowalenko .... production assistant: Greece
Greg MacGillivray .... aerial action director
George Nolan .... helicopter pilot
Carol Price .... hang glider pilot
Chris Price .... hang glider pilot
Dix Roper .... hang glider pilot
Dean Tanji .... hang glider pilot
Chris Wills .... aerial consultant
Chris Wills .... lead pilot
Susie Wills .... hang glider pilot
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Assault on the Forbidden Fortress" - USA (poster title)
"SkyRiders" - USA (poster title)
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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Filming Locations:

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This movie's German 'Auf der Fährte des Adlers' title translates literally into English as 'On the trail of the Eagle'.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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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What is the actual location of the monastery where the rescue takes place?
What is the actual location of the monastery where the rescue takes place?
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
classic Coburn at his best, 5 June 2006
Author: from United States

The movie starts with machinegun-toting terrorists killing the hired help and kidnapping a wife and child. The husband seeks his wife's former husband's help in getting them back. The gang's hideout territory scenery is breathtaking, an abandoned and isolated monastery in mountainous Greece. The inside of the monastery depicts ancient Christian Orthodox iconography. Coburn lines up a travelling troupe of circus-act type hang gliger performers to teach him how to fly. These are the early design of hang gliders, with a rogallo wing design. The rogallo wing consists of fabric stretched out in a triangle over two leading-edge hollow aluminum spars, with another aluminum tube for a spine, and another for a cross bar, and a lower metal loop for the dangling pilot to grip and steer by. Very much like a modern delta-style steerable kite. These were dangerous but beautiful designs, which are capable of going into a stall and nose dive, straight into the ground from a thousand feet up if you are not careful and experienced, but a delight to watch in flight. Before he approaches them, Coburn watches the travelling aerialists' circus-style open-air act, as the heartstoppingly colorful hang gliders perform aerial maneuvers with breathtaking poise and beauty. There's a pretty girl in the troup. One flyer pretends to lose his grip and plummets dozens of feet into a nearby body of water while his pilotless hang glider drifts lazily down without him. So Coburn approaches them and asks to be taught how to pilot one. Somewhere along the line, while learning to fly, Coburn gets casual and cozy, and proposes to the performers that they join him in the rescue. "If we fail," you get your money back," the teacher volunteers. "Right!" Coburn grins skeptically and knowingly, to which the others laugh. Coburn isn't bitter, but he's no fool, and suddenly they have all been won over to his side and looking at the challenge as a team. Like I said, Coburn at his best. From there on, it's a class act as Coburn and the aerialists make a stealth infiltration of the sky-high monastery via hang glider, and seek to get the woman and child out and escape again on their hang gliders before the terrorists can discover and stop them.

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