Operation Crossbow

Operation Crossbow

Michael Anderson (1965)

A Certificate


Our Score
The credits here are impressive, the plot is intriguing and the production values impeccable, but they only add up to an average wartime thriller. In common with many blockbuster writers, Emeric Pressburger (co-scripting under the pseudonym Richard Imrie) and his colleagues were confounded by the dual task of telling a ripping yarn and finding enough to do for a big-name cast (that includes George Peppard, Sophia Loren and John Mills). As a result, the mission to replace German V-2 rocket scientists with Allied boffins is often of secondary interest to the stargazing. However, there is plenty of derring-do, even though director Michael Anderson struggles to find a workable balance between action and chat.


Three Allied engineers parachute into occupied Holland on a mission to infiltrate and destroy a German missile base. The trio team up with the local resistance, but two of the men are unaware the third is a Nazi agent. Second World War adventure, starring George Peppard, Sophia Loren, Trevor Howard, Tom Courtenay and John Mills.

Cast & Crew

Lieutenant John Curtis George Peppard
Nora Sophia Loren
Professor Lindemann Trevor Howard
General Boyd John Mills
Duncan Sandys Richard Johnson
Robert Henshaw Tom Courtenay
Phil Bradley Jeremy Kemp
Bamford Anthony Quayle
Frieda Lilli Palmer
General Ziemann Paul Henreid
Wing Commander Kendall Richard Todd
Constance Babington Smith Sylvia Syms
Winston Churchill Patrick Wymark
Director Michael Anderson
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Other Information

Language: English, German +subtitlesColourGuidance: Edited for language.Available on: video and DVD