Where Eagles Dare

Where Eagles Dare

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Director: Brian G. Hutton

Cast: Brian G. Hutton, Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure

     
 

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An expensive but enormously profitable war picture, Where Eagles Dare centers upon a daring rescue and even more daring escape. Disguised as Nazi officers, commandoes Maj. John Smith (Richard Burton), Lt. Morris Schaffer Clint Eastwood and six other courageous souls parachute behind enemy lines. Their mission: to rescue an American general, held captive in aSee more details below

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An expensive but enormously profitable war picture, Where Eagles Dare centers upon a daring rescue and even more daring escape. Disguised as Nazi officers, commandoes Maj. John Smith (Richard Burton), Lt. Morris Schaffer Clint Eastwood and six other courageous souls parachute behind enemy lines. Their mission: to rescue an American general, held captive in a supposedly impenetrable Alpine castle. Aiding and abetting the commandoes are Allied undercover agents Mary (Mary Ure) and Heidi (Ingrid Pitt). Also on hand is a British officer (Patrick Wymark), who masterminded the mission. Somewhere, somehow, someone amongst the Allies is going to turn out to be a traitor. There's also a neat plot twist in store when the commandoes manage to reach the American general -- which leads to yet another twist. The vertigo-inducing climax has made Where Eagles Dare one of the most sought-after of "early" Eastwood starring features. The film was written directly for the screen by espionage novelist Alistair MacLean.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
In this 1969 spine-tingler, allied soldiers infiltrate a mountaintop castle in the Bavarian Alps to rescue a captured general who knows the plans for D-Day. The production features parachute jumps, gunplay, explosions, spectacular scenery, and frozen hands reaching for survival on a rock face. And then there are the narrow escapes in which the heroes dodge gunfire in castle corridors, drive a bus through mountain passes, and take off in a plane thinking all is well when it isn't. In short, Where Eagles Dare is a pip of a film from start to finish. Rousing music and a lively script, adapted by Alistair MacLean from the novel he wrote, complement bully performances by Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. As British Maj. John Smith and American Lt. Morris Schaffer, raspy Burton barks commands while cool-man Eastwood nullifies Nazis with blades and bullets. Excellent performances from Michael Hordern as British Vice Adm. Rolland and Derren Nesbitt as Nazi Major von Harpen support the performances of Burton and Eastwood. But it is the action and the pacing that are the real stars. Dressed in German uniforms, the allied infiltrators take a perilous cable-car ride, get pulled through windows, and mingle with the enemy while a new danger lurks around every corner. Surprises abound as the allies discover that not everyone is who he is supposed to be. Meanwhile, the audience chews knuckles as the music builds, and a final, shocking secret manifests itself.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
UPC:
0012569518629
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:35:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new digital transfer; Making-of featurette on location: Where Eagles Dare; Interactive menus; Eastwood film highlights; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Burton John Smith
Clint Eastwood Lt. Morris Schaffer
Mary Ure Mary Ellison
Michael Hordern Vice Adm. Rolland
Patrick Wymark Wyatt Turner
Robert Beatty Cartwright-Jones
Anton Diffring Col. Kramer
Donald Houston Olaf Christiansen
William Squire Lee Thomas
Brook Williams Sgt. Harrod
Victor Beaumont Col. Weissner
Ingrid Pitt Heidi
Richard Beale Telephone Orderly
Ivor Dean German Officer
Lyn Kennington German Woman
Nigel Lambert Young German Soldier
Michael Rooney Radio Operator
Ernst Walder Airport Control Officer
Neil McCarthy Torrance-Smythe
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne Rosemeyer, German Officer
Peter Barkworth Berkeley
Vincent Ball Carpenter
Derren Nesbitt Maj. von Hapen
Philip Stone Sky Tram Operator

Technical Credits
Brian G. Hutton Director
Colin Brewer Asst. Director
Yakima Canutt Stunts
Patrick Clayton Asst. Director
Doug Goodwin Musical Direction/Supervision
Ron Goodwin Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Arthur Ibbetson Cinematographer
John Jympson Editor
Elliott Kastner Producer
Chris Kenny Asst. Director
Alistair MacLean Original Story,Screenwriter
Peter Mullins Art Director
Richard Parker Special Effects
Arthur Taksen Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Mountain Credits
2. Damned Important Job
3. Parachute Drop
4. One Man Down
5. Rendezvous
6. Castle View
7. Out Best Agent
8. Strictly Army Matter
9. Infiltration
10. The Major's Business
11. Carefully Arranged
12. Second Man Down
13. Better Chance Outside
14. Car Trouble
15. Rank Difiance
16. Live Wire
17. Wheels for an Escape
18. Hitching a Ride
19. Above it All
20. Scaling the Wall
21. Quick Radio Room Work
22. Gen. Carnaby
23. Things to Talk About
24. Enter Schmidt
25. Divulging the Plot
26. Working Both Sides
27. The Upper Hand
28. Fistfuls of Dynamite
29. Corridor Siege
30. Castlewide Chaos
30. Slipping Out
32. Schaffer Overpowered
33. Cable Car Clash
34. Four Going Down
35. Wet at the Bottom
36. Express Escape Bus
37. Booby-Trap Road
38. Bridge Disposal
39. A Plane to Catch
40. Missing Name
41. His Long Drop
42. Cast List

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