Nun Sara is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan, 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.
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
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Schaffer's hair is not only too long for a military officer, it's also a 1960's hairstyle. See more »
Lt. Morris Schaffer:
Look, Major, either you start playing it straight or you can deal me out of this mess. Now we both know that radio operator wasn't killed in any drop. Now with MacPherson dead, there's only five of us left. So either you let me know what's going on or there's only gonna be four.
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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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