Operation Crossbow (1965)
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|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics|
|Directed By:||Michael Anderson|
|Written By:||Duilio Coletti, Vittoriano Petrilli, Richard Imrie, Derry Quinn, Emeric Pressburger|
|In Theaters:||Jan 1, 1965 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jan 10, 2006|
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as Lt. John Curtis
as Prof. Lindemann
as Robert Henshaw
as Duncan Sandys
as Wing Cmdr. Kendall
as Constance Babington ...
as Phil Bradley
as Flight Lt. Kenny
as Gen. Ziemann
as Gen. Linz
as Hanna Reitsch
as RAF Officer
as Prime Minister Winst...
as Col. Kenneth Post
as Sir Charles Sims
as German Technical Exa...
as Prof. Hoffer
as Air Commodore
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Takes an unlikely scenario and ends it with an explosive fantasy James Bond-like finale.
Audience Reviews for Operation Crossbow
A real good WWII espionage film. With a host of actors and actress. Sophia Loren plays a very short part in this movie, about the shortest I've ever seen her play. The Germans are developing the V-1 Bomber and The V-2 Rocket Missile. The British must get within the German factories to provide bombing information or lost the war. Very interesting story line, with good actual footage now and then. The V-1 know as the flying Bomb a pilot less aircraft, The first V-1 was launched at London on 13 June 1944, one week after (and prompted by) the successful Allied landing in Europe. At its peak, over a hundred V-1s a day were fired at southeast England, 9,521 in total, decreasing in number as sites were overrun until October 1944, when the last V-1 site in range of Britain was overrun by Allied forces. This caused the remaining V-1s to be directed at the port of Antwerp and other targets in Belgium, with 2,448 V-1s being launched. The attacks stopped when the last site was overrun on 29 March 1945. In total, the V-1 attacks caused 22,892 casualties (almost entirely civilians). The V-2 Over 3,000 V-2s were launched as military rockets by the German Wehrmacht against Allied targets during the war, mostly London and later Antwerp. The attacks resulted in the death of an estimated 7,250 military personnel and civilians[, while 12,000 forced laborers were killed at the production of the weapons. This movie is outstanding and gets a 4 1/2 star rating.
This highly underrated war film is very similar to the guns of Navarone mode as far as the story is concerened. A group of allied soldiers are on a near impossible mission to destroy a german weapons base that is launching the dreaded V1 and V2 rockets to London. However, in many ways this film is better than the guns of navarone which was more in the popular mode of filmmaking rather than showing the real harsh realities of warfare. That is far better portrayed in this film. From the neccessary killing of a friendly Sophia Loren (just to keep the secrecy of the mission intact) right down to the end where none survive the mission although they accomplish their end. Operation Crossbow is a terrific highly underrated war movie.
***1/2 out of 4 stars
A decent WW2 spy movie. Sophia Loren is very good in her limited role. The plot is solid and could benefit from a modernized remake.
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