Scorned by reviewers when it came out, Where Eagles Dare has acquired a cult following over the years for its unashamed and highly concentrated dose of commando death-dealing to legions of Nazi machine-gun fodder. In 1968 Clint Eastwood was just getting used to the notion that he might be a world-class movie star; Richard Burton, whose image had been shaped equally by classical theatre and his headline-making romance with Elizabeth Taylor, was eager to try his hand at the action genre. Author Alistair MacLean's novel The Guns of Navarone had inspired the film that... started the 1960s vogue for World War II military capers, so he was prevailed upon to write the screenplay (his first). The central location, an impregnable Alpine stronghold locked in ice and snow, is surpassing cool, but the plot and action are ultra-mechanical, and the switcheroo gamesmanship of just who is the undercover double (triple?) agent on the mission becomes aggressively silly. --Richard T Jameson [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play During the war seven Allied agents are selected to rescue an American general from the impenetrable German fortress Schloss Adler In charge of the team is British Major Smith (Burton) with American Lieutenant Schaffer (Eastwood) as second in command Parachuting into the enemy territory in German uniforms the squad discover one of their number dead on arrival and Smith suspects that he may have a traitor amongst his unit Actors Clint Eastwood Richard Burton Mary Ure Patrick Wymark Michael HordernDirectors Richard G HuttonLanguage English GermanSubtitles English French Italian German Spanish Arabic Romanian DutchDubbed French ItalianNumber of discs 1
Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood star in this Second World War action adventure based on Alistair MacLean's novel. During the war, seven Allied agents are selected to rescue an American general from the impenetrable German fortress Schloss Adler. In charge of the team is British Major Smith (Burton), with American Lieutenant Schaffer (Eastwood) as second in command. Parachuting into the enemy territory in German uniforms, the squad discover one of their number dead on arrival, and Smith suspects that he may have a traitor amongst his unit.