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Where Eagles Dare
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Where Eagles Dare
A stirring WWII adventure film. Although there's little-to-zero characterization, Burton and Eastwood have excellent chemistry as two soldiers who set out to rescue an American general in a German fortress. The stunts and action set pieces are outstanding, but the story, written by Allistair MacLean from his own novel, spends too little time in the castle. A typical, but always entertaining, WWII film set in a Swiss castle. I give it a 3.5/5.
Terrific action flick!
Okay. I admit it. I watch anything and everything that stars Richard Burton. I could listen to that baritone voice of his every night! (Lucky Elizabeth!) Aside from my personal bias toward Burton, this film just keeps you on the edge of your seat from the beginning. The Alpine scenery is gorgeous and the dare-devil stunts are breathtaking. It is a war time film without the war being in the forefront. And the ending! Wow! What a shocker! ****
Never Miss a showing
- Donald Cohen
A great WW II action flick. On my "I'll watch this every time it comes on" list. Eastwood and supporting cast make it a consistently fun bit of escapism.
See It Again and Again
So improbable, it works over and over with its convoluted plot, superhuman dare-deviling, impossible escape, cool characters, head-spining twists and turns, and those English-speaking Germans just don't get it, and can't hit a thing! I've seen it a hundred times and I still perform body-twisting English when Burton wrestles the bad guys on the tram....now, what was the plot again?
GREAT TIMING !!!
Hendrick's review from march 09 is right on ! This is a superb adventure tale with the tension building to the very end. I tune in to watch it each time it's scheduled(om TCM or elsewhere). It's always rewarding & you get the feeling early on that Burton will find a way to overcome all obstacles which will appear. In fact, the Germans had a helicopter or two (before or during the war) but not the type shown in the film. And don't you love the timing & execution of their escape including (one of my favorite characters) the portrayal of the pilot of the tri- motored escape plane (who manages to maintain an "even strain", to quote a line from "The Right Stuff" . The music theme also provides wonderful & expressive enhancement to the drama. All in all, a top notch action drama from MGM.
Take the Dare
- Bob Hendrick
This is pure escape fare at it's best! Great Alistair MacLean story. Burton and Eastwood are perfect foils for each other, and look like they are thoroughly enjoying themselves. Exciting action sequences a rousing score and solid performances by all. Sit back, relax,(don't nitpick), and enjoy.
One big mistake
This was a very good film but it had a major mistake. They showed an helicopter in the castle grounds. Helicopters did not come about until after the war.
Best WW II Film
I saw this film first in March of 1969, in New York, then July of 1969 in England. Best WW II film, and exciting alpine locations and commando action highlight this film. Only film I know of where Burton is an action hero, Clint Eastwood giving a typically great performance. Music is exemplary, and spfx by Tom Howard are expert. The chloss Adler (Castle of the Eagles ) fortress is impressive, and film has a crackerjack JAMES BOND feel to it. Thrilling!
Hell I dared, it rocks!!
One of the finest scripts, casts, and locations of any World War film to date. Burton and Eastwood give their finest performances in this well-directed, well-designed, and well-paced action/war film. **** Fours Stars