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Where Eagles Dare

"One weekend Major Smith, Lieutenant Schaffer, and a beautiful blonde named Mary decided to win World War II."

1968-12-04 Action 2hr 35m

World War II is raging, and an American general has been captured and is being held hostage in the Schloss Adler, a Bavarian castle that's nearly impossible to breach. It's up to a group of skilled Allied soldiers to liberate the general before it's too late.

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World War II is raging, and an American general has been captured and is being held hostage in the Schloss Adler, a Bavarian castle that's nearly impossible to breach. It's up to a group of skilled Allied soldiers to liberate the general before it's too late.

  • Released
    1968-12-04
  • Revenue
    $21,000,000
  • Budget
    $7,700,000
  • Runtime
    2hr 35m
  • Genre
    Action, Adventure, War
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    Deutsch, English
  • imdb-logo
    7.6
  • Production
    Jerry Gershwin Productions, Elliott Kastner Productions, Winkast Film Productions, Gershwin-Kastner, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Crew

Brian G. Hutton
Director
Alistair MacLean
Screenplay
Elliott Kastner
Producer

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Cast

Richard Burton

Richard Burton

Maj. Smith
Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Lt. Morris Schaffer
Mary Ure

Mary Ure

Mary Ellison
Patrick Wymark

Patrick Wymark

Col. Wyatt Turner DSO MC
Michael Hordern

Michael Hordern

Adm. Rolland
Donald Houston

Donald Houston

Christiansen
Robert Beatty

Robert Beatty

Brig. Gen. George Carnaby
Brook Williams

Brook Williams

Sgt. Harrod
Neil McCarthy

Neil McCarthy

Sgt. Jock MacPherson
Vincent Ball

Vincent Ball

Carpenter
Anton Diffring

Anton Diffring

Col. Kramer
Ferdy Mayne

Ferdy Mayne

Rosemeyer
Victor Beaumont

Victor Beaumont

Col. Weissner
Guy Deghy

Guy Deghy

Maj. Wilhelm Wilner (uncredited)
Philip Stone

Philip Stone

Sky Tram Operator (uncredited)
Chris Adcock

Chris Adcock

German Soldier (uncredited)
Del Baker

Del Baker

Pilot / German Soldier (uncredited)
Richard Beale

Richard Beale

Telephone Orderly (uncredited)
Ivor Dean

Ivor Dean

German Officer #2 (uncredited)
Max Faulkner

Max Faulkner

Sgt. Hartmann (uncredited)
Harry Fielder

Harry Fielder

German Soldier (uncredited)
John G. Heller

John G. Heller

German Major - at 'Zum Wilden Hirsch' (uncredited)
Olga Lowe

Olga Lowe

Lt. Anne-Marie Kernitser (uncredited)
Ian McCulloch

Ian McCulloch

German Officer (uncredited)
Terence Mountain

Terence Mountain

German Radio Op (uncredited)
Derek Newark

Derek Newark

German Major (uncredited)
Jim Brady

Jim Brady

Waiter at Zum Wilden Hirsch (uncredited)
Anton Rodgers

Anton Rodgers

German Officer at Airfield (uncredited)
Jack Silk

Jack Silk

German Officer at Ammunitions Shed (uncredited)
Jim Tyson

Jim Tyson

Innkeeper (uncredited)
Ernst Walder

Ernst Walder

Airport Control Officer (uncredited)
Del Watson

Del Watson

German Soldier (uncredited)
Terry Yorke

Terry Yorke

Major Brandt (uncredited)
Roy Beck

Roy Beck

German Cablecar Engineer (uncredited)
Bill Burns

Bill Burns

German Soldier in Pub (uncredited)
Pauline Chamberlain

Pauline Chamberlain

Blonde Woman in Tavern (uncredited)
Vic Chapman

Vic Chapman

SS Officer (uncredited)
Terence Conoley

Terence Conoley

Nazi (uncredited)
Jim Dowdall

Jim Dowdall

German Officer on Stairs (uncredited)
Frank Henson

Frank Henson

German Soldier (uncredited)
Lyn Kennington

Lyn Kennington

German Woman (uncredited)
Nigel Lambert

Nigel Lambert

Young German Solider (uncredited)
Edward Michael Perry

Edward Michael Perry

German Soldier (uncredited)
Peter Roy

Peter Roy

German Soldier (uncredited)
Bill Sawyer

Bill Sawyer

Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Larry Sheppard

Larry Sheppard

German Soldier (uncredited)
Fred Wood

Fred Wood

German Soldier in Bier Keller (uncredited)

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Reviews for Where Eagles Dare
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A Review by John Chard 9

Written by John Chard on 2016-02-01

Major, right now you got me about as confused as I ever hope to be. Directed by Brian G. Hutton and adapted to the screen from his own no... read more

Major, right now you got me about as confused as I ever hope to be. Directed by Brian G. Hutton and adapted to the screen from his own novel by Alistair MacLean, Where Eagles Dare stars Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. Music is scored by Ron Goodwin and cinematography is by Arthur Ibbetson. A small group of allied agents are sent on a mission to rescue a Allied General from a Nazi castle stronghold. But there is more than what meets the eye here... Boys own men on a mission in grandiose strokes, MacLean's complex story makes for riveting and exciting entertainment. The story twists and turns like a Python on acid, thus requiring full attention to conversational details is very much advised. And yet joyously it's the fun and kinetic action that holds the most attention, especially for what is quite an explosive and thrilling last third of picture. There are stunts galore amongst the Austrian Alps (beautifully photographed by Ibbetson), and as the espionage hokum reaches its crescendo status, so does the kinetic carnage, with the makers wasting no opportunity to blow everything up. Burton is classy and enjoying himself, Eastwood laconic and cool, while good support comes from Mary Ure (great to have a well written spunky female lead), Patrick Wymark, Michael Hordern and Donald Houston. The running time is a touch too long as MacLean's prose is given weighty treatment for extended chatter, and some back projection work feels unnecessarily cheap for such a grand production, but this is good old machismo fuelled classic cinema regardless. 9/10

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A Review by Wuchak 9

Written by Wuchak on 2018-06-30

_**One of the greatest action/adventure films ever made**_ RELEASED IN 1968 and directed by Brian G. Hutton, "Where Eagles Dare" is a Wor... read more

_**One of the greatest action/adventure films ever made**_ RELEASED IN 1968 and directed by Brian G. Hutton, "Where Eagles Dare" is a World War II adventure about handful of commandos parachuting into the wilderness surrounding a German castle-fortress high in the Bavarian Alps. Their mission is to rescue a captive general before the Germans can interrogate him. However, not everything is as it first appears. The film is not a conventional World War II flick. Alistair Maclean wrote the script based on his novel and thus the movie is, unsurprisingly, a spy thriller just as much as it is a war picture. Keep in mind that spy flicks were super-hot when the film was released (e.g. James Bond). Are 60's spy films plausible? Realistic? No, they only have the veneer of plausibility and realism; underneath it's all escapist fantasy. So it is with "Where Eagles Dare." The opening with the breathtaking Alps and Ron Goodwin's exhilerating score is one of the greatest cinematic openings in history. From there you get intrigue, thrilling action scenes, a magnificent castle, Richard Burton at his charismatic best, two beautiful women (Mary Ure and Ingrid Pitt), surprising plot twists, cable cars, a suspenseful escape and a don't-see-it-coming ending, not to mention Clint Eastwood. Speaking of Eastwood, he plays a taciturn American lieutenant, second fiddle to Richard Burton, the British leader of the operation. Believe it or not, Burton's charisma is so out of the ball park that Eastwood pales by comparison. Of course, this has a lot to do with the way their roles were written, but you still have to give Burton credit for blowing Eastwood, who's no slouch, out of the water. Some complain about the utter ruthlessness of the Allied commandos, particularly the characters played by Burton and Eastwood, but they're Special Forces on a secret mission, not conventional soldiers in infantry combat. They're professional killing machines, which is why they were given the job. There was no room for mercy in this operation at this stage in the war. In any case, it's exciting to see Burton & Eastwood and their team mow down scores of Germans. The film's so well-done and compelling that you sorta don't realize how unbelievable it is while watching. This is because it lacks the cartoonish-ness of, say, "Rambo 2" and "Rambo 3" and maintains an air of realism throughout (which is different than saying it's realistic). FINAL WORD: "Where Eagles Dare" is one of the greatest action/adventure films of all time and is as-good-or-better than any war flick you care to name. The exhilarating score itself is worth the price of admission, as is the opening. If you're in the mood for a World War II flick, "Where Eagles Dare" belongs near the top of the list. THE FILM RUNS 2 hours, 35 minutes and was shot on location in Austria with studio work done in England. GRADE: A

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A Review by r96sk 7

Written by r96sk on 2022-01-12

So close to being a great film. There is a lot I enjoyed about <em>'Where Eagles Dare'</em>, the core of the film has some greatness to i... read more

So close to being a great film. There is a lot I enjoyed about <em>'Where Eagles Dare'</em>, the core of the film has some greatness to it. The action sequences are fun, the acting is terrific and the music is strong. However, it has far too many lull moments for me to consider it anything other than 'good'. A 2hr run time would've been perfect, instead it's stretched out to 2hrs 30mins+ and it really shows. The pacing is bad, any moment of quality is immediately followed by the film dragging its heels. It heavily overstays its welcome, in my opinion. Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood are excellent together, while the rest of the cast are very good themselves. It's just a shame about the aforementioned, as I could quite easily see this being one of my favourite films if what I've stated wasn't true. I'd personally be up for a shorter, tighter remake of this, because all the ingredients are there; it's like a <em>'Bond'</em> film mixed with <em>'Fast & Furious'</em> in parts.

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A Review by crastana 5

Written by crastana on 2022-07-19

The story is very interesting, Clint Eastwood looks very good on Nazi Uniform and kick 4ss so much 4ss it kind of ruins the almost perfect s... read more

The story is very interesting, Clint Eastwood looks very good on Nazi Uniform and kick 4ss so much 4ss it kind of ruins the almost perfect story about counter spies double agents, double cross mumbo jumbo If they wanted to end WWII they should have sent Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton dressed as SS officers.

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A Review by John Chard

Major, right now you got me about as confused as I ever hope to be. Directed by Brian G. Hutton and adapted to the screen from his own novel by Alistair MacLean, Where Eagles Dare stars Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. Music is scored ...

reviewer avatar

A Review by John Chard 9

Written by John Chard on 2016-02-01

Major, right now you got me about as confused as I ever hope to be. Directed by Brian G. Hutton and adapted to the screen from his own novel by Alistair MacLean, Where Eagles Dare stars Richard Bur...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Wuchak 9

Written by Wuchak on 2018-06-30

_**One of the greatest action/adventure films ever made**_ RELEASED IN 1968 and directed by Brian G. Hutton, "Where Eagles Dare" is a World War II adventure about handful of commandos parachuting i...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by r96sk 7

Written by r96sk on 2022-01-12

So close to being a great film. There is a lot I enjoyed about <em>'Where Eagles Dare'</em>, the core of the film has some greatness to it. The action sequences are fun, the acting is terrific and ...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by crastana 5

Written by crastana on 2022-07-19

The story is very interesting, Clint Eastwood looks very good on Nazi Uniform and kick 4ss so much 4ss it kind of ruins the almost perfect story about counter spies double agents, double cross mumbo j...

read more