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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 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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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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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

The fictional Schloss Adler (The Castle of the Eagles) is located in Werfen, and is the headquarters of the Wehrmacht Alpenkorp. See more »

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When the metal canisters which landed by parachute at the beginning of the film are first seen, there is an obvious trail through the snow leading into the far trees, indicating the canisters were placed rather than parachuted into position. See more »

Quotes

Major John Smith: [In the Werfen gasthaus cafe] And who might you be, my pretty Alpine rose?
Heidi: Heidi. Stop, Major. I've got important work to do.
Major John Smith: There's no more important work than entertaining the soldiers of the Fatherland. Shall I sing you a song?
Heidi: I hear too much singing.
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Thanks Dad for introducing me to a brilliant movie
9 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Where Eagles Dare" was one of the first films that my father took me to see at the cinema when I was a boy in the 1970's. Back then I was 100% caught up with the on-screen action and loved every minute of it. Now 25+ years later the film holds the exact same thrills for me as it did then. I always list it as one of my 10 all-time favourite films.

I had no idea who Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood were at the time I first saw "WED" but I thought they were marvellous in the film. A few years later the BBC started showing it on TV (usually at Christmas!) and I always watched it each time it was on. Some years ago I was able to buy the Widescreen video of "WED" and now I can watch it whenever I like!

The music is absolutely brilliant and I often find myself humming the stirring main theme from time to time.

Not only did "WED" introduce me to Burton and Eastwood (two of my all-time favourite actors) but also to the novels of Alistair MacLean and many of his other films, such as "The Guns of Navarone", "Bear Island" and "Breakheart Pass" (all of which I recommend).


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