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Where Eagles Dare (1968)

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Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on.

Director:

Brian G. Hutton

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (story), Alistair MacLean (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... Maj. Smith
Clint Eastwood ... Schaffer
Mary Ure ... Mary Ellison
Patrick Wymark ... Col. Turner
Michael Hordern ... Adm. Rolland
Donald Houston ... Christiansen
Peter Barkworth ... Berkeley
William Squire ... Thomas
Robert Beatty ... Carnaby
Brook Williams ... Sgt. Harrod
Neil McCarthy ... Sgt. Jock MacPherson
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Carpenter
Anton Diffring ... Col. Kramer
Ferdy Mayne ... Rosemeyer
Derren Nesbitt ... Von Hapen
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Storyline

During WW2 a British aircraft is shot down and crashes in Nazi held territory. The Germans capture the only survivor, an American General, and take him to the nearest SS headquarters. Unknown to the Germans the General has full knowledge of the D-Day operation. The British decide that the General must not be allowed to divulge any details of the Normandy landing at all cost and order Major John Smith to lead a crack commando team to rescue him. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Schaffer, who is puzzled by his inclusion in an all British operation. When one of the team dies after the parachute drop, Schaffer suspects that Smith's mission has a much more secret objective. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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They dare to climb a terrifying new peak in suspense... all the way up to hell! See more »

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Action | Adventure | War

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UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

12 March 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agenten sterben einsam See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,000,000, 31 December 1968
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The JU 52 aircraft HB-HOT used in the film crashed in the Swiss Alps and was written off on 4 August, 2018. Tragically, all 20 persons on board were killed in the accident. See more »

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Smith and Schaffer have been arrested and are being transported by a staff car and subsequently cause the car to crash. The vehicle careens up and through a wood barricade and then slams into a pile of gravel. The hinged windshield flies open and one of the Germans inside the car is ejected over the hood. Visible briefly is a small cable attached to the top of the windshield that was used to pull the windshield open so the prop dummy of the German could fly through the opening. See more »

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[Smith and Schaffer are observing the Castle of Eagles fortress, and a nearby military base]
Lt. Morris Schaffer: If I'm not mistaken, that's an army barracks over there.
Major John Smith: No mistake, Lieutenant. This the headquarters of the Wehrmacht Alpenkorps.
Lt. Morris Schaffer: Oh, swell. Do you have any other surprises I should know about?
Major John Smith: I thought you knew, Lieutenant. Why do you think we were chosen for his mission as if not to make social contact?
Lt. Morris Schaffer: You mean we're gonna go down there? Mingle with the German Army?
Major John Smith: Of course. Why do you think ...
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Alternate Versions

The original release running 158 minutes had an Intermission and Entre'acte that have been skipped from many video releases (including the DVD release from Warner), resulting in a 155 minute version. This has induced a fade-out and fade-in of the music in the scenes preceding and following. The intermission was originally placed after Lt. Schaeffer sets the explosives in the interrogation room. See more »

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Most Exciting, Atmospheric, Ingenious--McLean Served Well This Time
14 June 2005 | by silverscreen888See all my reviews

"Where Eagles Dare" was produced by folks who decided that Alistair Macleam deserved to be produced on film by someone who followed the author's exciting ideas. The result is a major improvement of the Us-er qualities of the character played by Clint Eastwood, the potent casting of Richard Burton, who is very very good (for once) in an adventure-level lead as the infinitely-resourceful leader of a WWII team of destructive agents, and an intelligent if action-level work of cinematic artistry. Others have written very well on this film; what I want to add to their basic core of arguments is some notes about the acting and ideas. From the group's boss, Michael Hordern to the ladies, Mary Ure and zoftik Ingrid Pitt, to enigmatic Robert Beatty, everyone involved is more than adequate in his/her part to very good. The three enemies, Ferdy Mayne, Derrin Nesbitt and Anton Diffring excel in whatever scenes they are given; and Peter Barkworth, Donald Houston, Patrick Wymark, et al as traitors have never been seen to greater advantage. Director Brian Hutton faced the all-but-impossible task of bringing a vaguely-implausible raid staged in snow country on an isolated castle to life. With stirring music, lovely art direction and edge-of-impossible special effects involving explosives, running machine-gun duels in a bus, falling telephone poles, a battle on a cable car, wrecking at an airport and a parachute drop betrayed from the start, he manages to bring the entire tale off very nicely by my standards. The other chief asset of the film lies in its unusually intelligent dialogue, plot turns and constant surprise. I counted at least seven major surprises, every one of which as in a good Hitchcockian thriller leads to a memorable scene; these are therefore not just script gimmicks, but rather they qualify as ingenious use of the adventure genre to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. This film perhaps is what James Bond films always should have been, but only in the case of "Doctor No" and "Goldfinger" ever were. One could wish that "The Secret Ways", "Ice Station Zebra" and several others of McLean's thrillers had been treated with as much respect, and near genius, as this memorable piece of screen excitement was (for once) afforded.


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