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Re-imagining of the novel
I read the Alistair MacLean novel several times in my teens. The film becomes very different from the novel about an hour in when they start to blow up things and shoot everyone on sight. In the novel Smith and Schaffer do their utmost to avoid taking life. I cannot help but think that the film would have been immeasurably better if the film-makers had remained faithful to the novel.
The fact that Richard Burton asked his agent to find him a movie script where he could be an action hero and not get killed in the end might explain how ridiculous much of this movie really is. Add to this the fact the script was written in six weeks. The plot is so absurd that it's difficult to believe it actually took that long to write it. Richard Burton was in his late forties when he made this film but had so many well known health issues by then (five packs of cigarettes a day for starters) that, even when I was a kid and saw this movie, I found his role to be improbable at best. He looks as if he might have had a coronary at any moment The German characters are just stereotyped dopes and Eastwood's character, as in most of his movies, kills everyone in sight and with wild abandon. The movie is full of action although about half of it seems to the work of stunt doubles for Burton and Eastwood. Action, however, does not translate into quality.
haughty historical hijinks highlight
if you are not part of a doris kearns Goodwin historical cult and like certain adventure stories..this might be alright.
Fascinating War Film
- John McGowan
I have watched this movie several times.It is so engrossing that I cannot turn it off each time. This was one of Burton's best roles. Mary Ure was great and the plot fascinating. What intrigued me most was the non stop action. There was not one boring moment in the film. The stunts were great especially on the lifts. Even today this movie would stand on its own as a great film..
Helicopters in WW II?
Historical accuracy is total BS, with an implausible plot and a poor script. I watch it every time it's on. Entertaining!
First Class Action/Adventure
- Jim Smith
Burton was in many 2nd rate movies (to me). This is not one of them. First class, lots of action & well filmed. Eastwood performs OK surrounded by many good ones.
Its supposed to be entertaining..
- Neil Thomson
For all the reviews whom give this movie the thumbs down, let me say, its supposed to be a spoof...like many modern day movies, but a lot seem to take it too seriously.... goodness, lighten upEnjoy the film for what it is, entertaining and full of action..
- Sue Peterson
Absolutely one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Richard burton as an action star is ridiculous.
- Karl Stewart
I wish I'd liked this movie more. It has a lot going for it but the writing is so bad... the plot sets up one implausible situation after another. It wouldn't be so bad in a film that didn't take itself so seriously but this movie seems to think it is playing it straight with such nonsense. It's not just that the situations are implausible... it's that the plotting just feels sloppy and lazy. This could have been a much more intelligent and believable film but the writer/director didn't care enough to carry that off.
wear egales dear
I,ve enjoyed it in 69'and every time I have seen it. I hear that the guy that made the new clash of the titans is doing a remake with Jude law . can't wait to see it.
Clint and Dick,hilariously cheesy movie
I remember liking this film as a kid...all these years later I find myself laughing at how ridiculous this movie actually is.Big breasts in dirndls,unexplained exploding car pushed off a cliff,Welsh,California and Stuttgart accents all in the same bar room!When Burton is discussing their plans in the same room as the German soldiers sitting directly across from them I had to scratch my head and laugh.There are a few good scenes,but overall this truly is a bomb of 60s ridiculousness.
EXCITING, WELL-ACTED MOVIE!
- MARLENE RANTZ
I have seen this movie more than once, and I agree with RedRain that it kept me on the edge of my seat, and with Beamshipcaptain that it was a thrilling movie! Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood were both excellent, as was the supporting cast, especially Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark, Anton Diffring, Derren Nesbitt, and Robert Beatty! Definitely worth watching!
Where Eagles Dare
Damn, they killed more Nazis in this nail biter, than they did in all of World War Two. Good thing we had CLINT and DICK on our side !
Slipped by far too long!
What a recipe for a fine film classic! I am already a sucker for exciting edge of your seat espionage thrillers that have twists and turns like this one. Add to it a WW11 setting mixed with a Dirty Dozen/James Bond feel. What do you have? A WOW of a movie you don't even want to blink, for fear you will miss something. I can't believe this is the first time I had the extreme pleasure of watching this wonderful masterpiece. What a story! What a fine job Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood did in this terrific film. The final "best part" of this whole thing is that the Lord's Name was not dishonored in any way, not even once. Plus, not one curse word was ever used. Yes, there was violence. But, it was not glorified nor sustained time wise. You see just an instant in each case. What a film!! I can't wait to see it again. So please TCM, keep showing this one and others like it. Thank you.
Where Eagles Dare
Overall-3/5Lead Performers-4/5Supporting Cast-3/5Director-3/5Score-5/5Titles-3/5Screenplay-3/5Cinematography-3/5Importance-3/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-4/5
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