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Operation Crossbow (1965)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, War | 1 April 1965 (USA)
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 World War II. Even though the Nazis were in retreat, these weapons could have turned their defeat into victory. This movie includes references to Hannah Reich, who was a German test pilot in real-life. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Action | Drama | War

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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:

The Great Spy Mission See more »

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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

To help the box-office, Sophia Loren appeared, courtesy of her husband and Producer Carlo Ponti, in a cameo role. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the movie when a mail carrier is delivering the mail, you see her walking to the house and deliver the mail without any gloves on, when she starts walking away from the house she has gloves on. See more »

Quotes

Dutch Barge Skipper: This is your way to the hotel. You vill show your papers and rooms like other engineers. The Gestapo will not suspect nothing.
Lt. John Curtis: I don't like the double negative.
Dutch Barge Skipper: Sorry, I do not understand the English too well.
Lt. John Curtis: Glad to hear it.
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functional thriller
7 November 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1943 Nazi Germany. The movie is split between the Germans working to built rockets and the British trying to stop them. First the Brits launch a massive bombing raid on Peenemünde. Then they send spies to infiltrate a secret rocket factory. Robert Henshaw (Tom Courtenay), John Curtis (George Peppard) and Phil Bradley (Jeremy Kemp) are parachuted into Germany given the identities of dead Dutch engineers. Bamford (Anthony Quayle) is an undercover German agent who returns to become a German security officer. Nora Van Ostamgen (Sophia Loren) is the wife of Curtis' dead Dutch identity and she wants him to sign some papers.

It's a fictional accounting of the real Allied operations against the German rocket weapons program. There are limited scenes of the bombings. This is mostly a scheme to infiltrate the German base. The foreign characters speak non-English with subtitles. That accounts for large chunks of the movie. Sophia Loren's role is only a supporting one. Peppard isn't introduced until after 30 minutes. It's not a tightly written movie. There is some good tension. There is a giant set of the underground rocket base. This is more functional than anything terribly exciting.


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