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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 American Brigadier General George Carnaby (Robert Beatty) prisoner, but that's not all that's really going on.

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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 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 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 »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

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:

$7,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,100,000
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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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Trivia

Derren Nesbitt (Major Von Hapen) sports bleached blonde hair, which he sported in The Prisoner (1967), as Number 2, which was filmed during the same time. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

SS-Standartenführer Kramer: Let me remind you, Major, I'm a colonel in the SS and not a lieutenant who you can frighten with your threats!
SS-Sturmbannführer Von Hapen: Your military rank and position are obvious to me, Colonel, and so are your attempts to discredit me with superiors in Berlin.
SS-Standartenführer Kramer: If there is any discredit, you bring it upon yourself. Good night.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

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Who performs the real heroics in this film?
21 July 2006 | by alexandra-25See all my reviews

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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