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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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A terrific WWII Europe movie that has it all: action, bravery, spy vs spy, drama, twists and turns and a believable plot. Wonderful acting by all, tremendous settings and backgrounds, and a surprise ending makes this a superior film. The best time to watch this movie is during a cold day with a bowl of chili and crackers!
This movie is one of my all time favorites. It has great acting and a great script that pull a mysterious plot togeather. If you like to figure out the end of a movie before it ends, this is one that I can garauntee will keep you guessing and reguessing. There's never a dull moment in this one of a kind award winning movie. And if you like the movie, try the book. This author also wrote another thriller that was made into a movie called 'Ice Station Zebra'. If you can get your hands on it you will be in for just as great a ride.