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

Genres:

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:

The Great Spy Mission 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

Realistic props, in addition to detailed sets, added to the look of authenticity in re-creating the German secret weapons projects. See more »

Goofs

Although Gruppenführer (SS-Group Leader) Linz wears the correct rank insignia shoulder strap for the rank of Gruppenführer (equivalent to Wehrmacht Generalleutnant/Lieuteant General), his poorly made and not at all accurate collar badges rather resemble those of a Brigadeführer ( (equivalent to Wehrmacht Generalmajor/Major General) See more »

Quotes

German Hotel Porter: Please don't open the curtains.
Robert Henshaw: You get air raids here?
German Hotel Porter: I'll say! The Americans by day, the British by night.
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Connections

Referenced in MGM 40th Anniversary (1964) See more »

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A little-known gem
29 November 2000 | by fletch5See all my reviews

After a pretty dull beginning, "Operation Crossbow" increases its tensions and becomes a fascinating action/adventure film set in WW2. A little-known representer of that genre, but not much inferior to "The Guns of Navarone". Lots of suspenseful moments and an interesting cast full of familiar faces.


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