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Where Eagles Dare

  • Drama
  • 1969
  • Brian G Hutton
  • 148 mins
  • PG
    More info: UK: General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children

Summary

An American general is held captive by the Nazis in a heavily defended fortress in the Alps. A crack team of British soldiers and an American lieutenant are dispatched to free him, but they soon realise there is a traitor in their ranks. Second World War adventure, starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Patrick Wymark, Michael Hordern and Mary Ure.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Clint Eastwood called this wartime adventure "Where Doubles Dare", in view of the army of stuntmen who performed the acrobatics in the Austrian Alps. His co-star, Richard Burton, was paid a million dollars plus a big percentage of what turned out to be a hugely profitable picture. It's the usual espionage hokum, with Burton and Eastwood infiltrating a Nazi stronghold to discover a hornets' nest of spies. There are so many double- and triple-crosses that the plot is at times incomprehensible. But this is a picture about big bangs, James Bond-style fights on cable cars and a rapidly escalating body count. It's hilarious and exciting, often at the same time. Interestingly, this was written as an original script for Burton by Alistair MacLean, who then expanded the idea into a bestselling novel.

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Details

Theatrical distributor
M.G.M. Dist Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Major John SmithRichard Burton
Lieutenant Morris SchafferClint Eastwood
Mary EllisonMary Ure
Vice Admiral RollandMichael Hordern
Colonel Wyatt TurnerPatrick Wymark
Cartwright JonesRobert Beatty
Colonel KramerAnton Diffring
Olaf ChristiansenDonald Houston
Reichsmarschall RosemeyerFerdy Mayne
HeidiIngrid Pitt
BerkeleyPeter Barkworth
Lee ThomasWilliam Squire
Sergeant HarrodBrook Williams
Major von HapenDerren Nesbitt
MacPhersonNeil McCarthy
CarpenterVincent Ball
Colonel WeissnerVictor Beaumont
German officerIvor Dean
Radio operatorMichael Rooney

Crew

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DirectorBrian G Hutton
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