Where Eagles Dare

Film , Drama
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A conscientiously large World War II adventure, drawn from the novel by Alastair MacLean, about a 7-man team parachuted into the Bavarian Alps to rescue a high-ranking Allied officer held prisoner by the Germans in an impregnable mountain Schloss. It may be devoid of significance of any sort, but it is nevertheless passably entertaining, and certainly better viewing than most MacLean adaptations. Its ability to sustain interest depends on fine cinematography (Arthur Ibbetson), and a handful of genuinely exciting action sequences, notably two extended scenes involving death-defying feats on a cable car slung between two snow-covered peaks. The climax simply involves blowing up everything in sight.

Release details

Duration: 155 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Brian G Hutton
Screenwriter: Alistair MacLean
Cast: Richard Burton
Clint Eastwood
Mary Ure
Patrick Wymark
Michael Hordern
Donald Houston
Peter Barkworth
Robert Beatty
William Squire
Derren Nesbitt
Anton Diffring

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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Dot Ward

I can't believe it got so many five star ratings. I think if Burton and Eastwood were to film it today, they would have corrected quite a bit of it. The heroes couldn't possibly have everything timed so perfectly. There were a couple of times when it would have been more realistic for Eastwood to have shot Nazi's in a different order. I don't know why the director didn't change these parts, the actors are too good to have something like that slip by. Yes, there was plenty of action, even if not believable.