Where Eagles Dare

Where Eagles Dare

Brian G Hutton (1969)

148min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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 body counts. 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.

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.

Cast & Crew

Major John Smith Richard Burton
Lieutenant Morris Schaffer Clint Eastwood
Mary Ellison Mary Ure
Vice Admiral Rolland Michael Hordern
Colonel Wyatt Turner Patrick Wymark
Cartwright Jones Robert Beatty
Colonel Kramer Anton Diffring
Olaf Christiansen Donald Houston
Reichsmarschall Rosemeyer Ferdy Mayne
Heidi Ingrid Pitt
Berkeley Peter Barkworth
Lee Thomas William Squire
Sergeant Harrod Brook Williams
Major von Hapen Derren Nesbitt
MacPherson Neil McCarthy
Carpenter Vincent Ball
Colonel Weissner Victor Beaumont
German officer Ivor Dean
Radio operator Michael Rooney
Director Brian G Hutton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: M.G.M. Dist LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama