1943, The war is entering its final stages and Germany is teetering on the brink of defeat. An increasingly unhinged Hitler, orders a mission to have British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill kidnapped and brought to Germany. The plan seems ludicrous in the extreme, but a message sent from a German spy in the Norfolk countryside makes one German officer realize that such a mission may just feasible.Written by
The MTB used in this movie, is actually MTB 102, an extremely important, and illustrious boat, used throughout World War II, including during the Dunkirk evacuation of British and French forces in 1940, where it became the flagship of the fleet, when the Admiral in charge of the operation transferred his flag to the boat, after his destroyer was sunk. The production company paid for the completion of its restoration, after being used by a local Sea Scout troop on the Norfolk Broads. The boat is still afloat, and has a lot of related articles about it on the internet, including those about its design heritage, and timely build, just prior to the beginning of the war. A true historic boat. See more »
The story is set on the North Norfolk coast, which is flat and marshy (and the Donald Sutherland character takes the job of Marsh Warden). Unfortunately many of the coastal shots show cliffs, bays, creeks and sand dunes which just aren't there. For example, the wooded creek where the converted MTB picks up Hans, could not be in North Norfolk. See more »
[WWII News Story]
September 12, 1943, German paratroopers snatched Mussolini from his mountaintop prison in Italy.
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The new Artisan region 1 DVD has some of the above scenes re-instated. Unfortunately the first six scenes listed are still absent, making the BBC broadcast version(shorn of a few secs.of violence) still the definitive choice. See more »
This is an exceptional war movie about a supposed plot by the Nazis to kidnap Churchill. Michael Caine is a German officer who speaks perfect English and leads a team of paratroopers who are disguised as Poles. The cover story is that they are a Free Polish regiment on maneuvers in Britain. At the same time, IRA leader Donald Sutherland helps lay the groundwork for their arrival.
The story is very complex and the acting is first-rate. Provided you don't think too much, this is a highly entertaining film. Sure, the Nazis didn't attempt such a mission, but I enjoyed this alternative history movie.
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