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Operation Crossbow (1965)

Allied agents attempt to infiltrate the Nazis' rocket research site.

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

Duilio Coletti (original story), Vittoriano Petrilli (original story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Nora Van Ostamgen
George Peppard ... 1st Lt. John Curtis USAAF
Trevor Howard ... Professor Frederick Lindemann
John Mills ... General Boyd
Richard Johnson ... Duncan Sandys
Tom Courtenay ... Robert Henshaw
Jeremy Kemp ... Captain Phil Bradley
Anthony Quayle ... Bamford
Lilli Palmer ... Frieda
Paul Henreid ... General Ziemann
Helmut Dantine ... General Linz
Barbara Rütting ... Hannah Reitsch (as Barbara Rueting)
Richard Todd ... Wing Commander Kendall
Sylvia Syms ... Flight Officer Constance Babington Smith
John Fraser ... Flight Lieutenant Kenny Post
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Storyline

This is the story of the methods used to defeat Hitler's V1 (doodlebug) and V2 (rocket) "revenge weapons" towards the end of the second world war. Even though the Nazis were in retreat these weapons could have turned their defeat into victory. The film includes references to Hannah Reich, who in real life was a German test pilot. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Once a top-secret...now it's the top screen adventure of the year! See more »

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Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some war violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1 April 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Code Name: Operation Crossbow See more »

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (35 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Duncan Sandys, a character in this movie played by Richard Johnson, was a real-life person. Sandys was Chairman of the British War Cabinet Committee for the Defence against German rockets and flying bombs. He was the son-in-law of British wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill and was wounded during the Second World War in Norway in 1941 which resulted in him having a permanent limp. See more »

Goofs

Although piloted V-1s were built, they were launched from aircraft, not ramps. None were ever used in combat. Hanna Reitsch flew one to establish why other pilots crashed them on landing. She found that the problem was caused by the aircraft's exceptionally high stall speed. See more »

Quotes

Prime Minister Winston Churchill: [final lines] Let us start at once. Let us clear the rubble. Lay the bricks. And let us do so in the firm conviction that we are building for the future. That never again shall we have to embark upon such a conflict that we recently endured. I solemnly believe that the price of such a folly, would be far more than mankind could afford to pay.
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George Peppard's Star Turn
8 September 2007 | by AndersonWhitbeckSee all my reviews

George Peppard had been under exclusive contract to MGM and after making "Subterreans", and "Home From The Hill" Peppard made other than his great hit in "How The West Was Won" movies on loan out to other studios " The Victors" at Columbia and two movies that made him a worldwide superstar "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "The Carpetbaggers" at Paramount. MGM wanted to cash in on the worldwide Peppard super stardom for a movie at his home studio and before his contract elapsed MGM and Peppard agreed to "Operation Crossbow" produced by Carlo Ponti and filmed at MGM's London Studio. MGM gave this film the highest of production values and the presence of Mrs. Ponti aka Sophia Loren first billed as box office insurance as Mr Peppard's co star in a small cameo. Operation Crossbow is a rousing story of the allied commandos set out to destroy the Nazi rockets and the Action is non stop at a high pulse. Director Michael Anderson provides first rate Direction. Lilli Palmer, Richard Johnson, are fine actors and do well here.George Peppard was always professional in his acting and one wonders why he was not ever nominated for his work in any of his Movies.

I recommend this movie


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