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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, whose life seems perfect until his wife Ellen and their children are kidnapped by terrorists one day... 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)
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
Music Department
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Angela Allen .... script girl
May Capsaski .... location manager: Greece (as May Kapsaski)
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:

Did You Know?

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 »
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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"You must not be afraid to make a decision"., 25 December 2013
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

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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