Nun Sara (Shirley MacLaine) is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan (Clint Eastwood), who is preparing for a future mission to capture a French fort. The pair become good friends, but Sara never does tell him the true reason behind her being outlawed.
A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
During World War II, a British aircraft is shot down and crashes in Nazi held territory. The Germans capture the only survivor, American Brigadier General George Carnaby (Robert Beatty), and take him to the nearest S.S. 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 costs, and order Major Jonathan Smith (Richard Burton) to lead a crack commando team to rescue him. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Morris Schaffer (Clint Eastwood), 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
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When Maj Smith (Richard Burton) and Lt Shaffer (Clint Eastwood) first "hitch a ride" up to the castle, they climb down from the cable gripping device to the roof of the gondola without making enough noise to alert the occupants inside. Later, when Maj Smith alone rides the gondola down to the village he again descends from the cable gripping device, but this time the occupants hear his footsteps and begin shooting up through the roof. See more »
In the French-language dubbing of the film, all the German spoken parts are taken from the German dubbed version. This includes parts of Burton's and Eastwood's characters speaking German, fixing some plot holes. All the other parts are in French. See more »
Where Eagles Dare illustrates that a film should be watched carefully. For what tends to be overlooked here is the real performance of the heroics of this film, which is that executed by the woman character played by Mary Ure. She is really cool and calm, as she goes it alone on her mission with precision timing and unflappable bravado. If it wasn't for Ure's character the mission would not have been pulled off. In this respect where Eagles Dare gives value to the importance of women's roles in a man's world! The only criticism I have for the director here is the way Ure is portrayed as a second rate machine gunner in comparison to the more immediate and concise shots from Eastwood's character.
As for the acting, it seamed odd to have the great stage actor Richard Burton playing a Bondesque role, and out of the context of his classical performances which his rich voice lend to. But, his timing in this film was perfect.
Likewise the timing of the direction and editing of Where Eagles Dare is spot on, with never a pause to catch your breath, making it a complete adrenalin thrill from start to finish.
In all, a fantastic film. This is more so because there is a great plot, onto which action is added, making it a very interesting piece of cinema. Also for the great performance by the unassuming Mary Ure.
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