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Where Eagles Dare

(1969)

PLOT | AUDIO | TRIVIA | CAST | CREDITS | PURCHASE


Plot
A high-powered, big-budget WWII espionage thriller, the film follows an elite group of Allied commandos, led by John Smith (Richard Burton), assigned to rescue an American general being held captive by the Nazis in a castle high in the Bavarian Alps. Assisted by a young American lieutenant, Morris Schaffer (Clint Eastwood), Smith and his crew of six don German uniforms and parachute into enemy territory. An exciting picture with a lot of action and adventure.

Audio
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Trivia
  • After the success of The Guns of Navarone, Alastair MacLean was commissioned to write this original screenplay.
  • Clint dubbed the film "Where Doubles Dare" after not being allowed to dangle off a cable car in Austria.
  • Similarly, the studio was unimpressed by Clint buying himself a Norton motorbike and racing it round the Brand's Hatch race circuit.
  • Although the film has a PG certificate, it has the highest body count of any of Clint's films.
  • Maggie gave birth to Clint's son Kyle four days before shooting ended in May 1968.

Cast
Major John Smith
Lt. Morris Schaffer
Mary Ellison
Vice-Admiral Rolland
Colonel Turner
Christiansen
Berkeley
Thomas
Cartwright Jones
Harrod
MacPherson
Carpenter
Colonel Kramer
Rosemeyer
Von Hapen
Weissner
Heidi
Sky Tram Operator
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Richard Burton
Clint Eastwood
Mary Ure
Michael Hordern
Patrick Wymark
Donald Houston
Peter Barkworth
William Squire
Robert Beatty
Brook Williams
Neil McCarthy
Vincent Ball
Anton Diffring
Ferdy Mayne
Derren Nesbitt
Victor Beaumont
Ingrid Pitt
Philip Stone

Credits
Producer
Director
Story and Screenplay
Director of Photography
Editor
Music
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Elliott Kastner
Brian G. Hutton
Alistair MacLean
Arthur Ibbetson
John Jympson
Ron Goodwin


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