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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maj. Smith
... Schaffer
... Mary Ellison
... Col. Turner
... Adm. Rolland
... Christiansen
... Berkeley
... Thomas
... Carnaby
... Sgt. Harrod
... Sgt. Jock MacPherson
Vincent Ball ... Carpenter
... Col. Kramer
... Rosemeyer
... 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 are going to win World War II this weekend...or die trying! See more »

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Action | Adventure | War

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Release Date:

12 March 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agenten sterben einsam  »

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Budget:

$7,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,000,000, 31 December 1968
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alistair MacLean wrote the script first and then the novel immediately afterward. Although the underlying plot remains the same, the book and script are not entirely faithful to one another. For instance, the book is substantially less violent and the characters are somewhat more comedic. Also noteworthy is the book included a brief love story involving Schaeffer and Heidi. See more »

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When climbing down from the cable car inside the cable car station, Jones/Carnaby is seen wearing brown shoes. Military issued shoes are black, not brown. See more »

Quotes

Major John Smith: You are going up to the castle tonight as, well, yes as a domestic.
Mary Ellison: How? Naked?
Major John Smith: Not a bad idea, but it's a bit obvious.
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Terrific Action Movie
11 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I couldn't help notice one of the postings about this movie, calling it a snoozer. I hardly agree with that assessment. In fact, I would categorize the film as one of the best action films ever made, whether WWII or other. If the action isn't enough to hold one's attention, the movie has a number of twists and turns to hold your attention until the perhaps not-so-obvious ending.

Some postings have also been critical of the length of the movie, somewhat more than 2+ hours. Again, everything about the film keeps it moving very well.

Most of the postings rate this film on a 1-10 basis. I give it a 10 for sure.


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