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Where Eagles Dare

  • Drama
  • 1969
  • Brian G Hutton
  • 148 mins
  • PG

Summary

Second World War action written by Alistair MacLean and starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood as members of an elite group of commandos who must enter an almost impregnable Nazi stronghold to rescue a high ranking American officer.

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Review

A star rating of 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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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

Details

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