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Operation Crossbow Reviews

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bbcfloridabound
bbcfloridabound

Super Reviewer

July 5, 2011
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.
Hawaiianguy2991
Hawaiianguy2991

Super Reviewer

March 30, 2010
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.

Story: B+
Acting: B+
Direction: A
Visuals: C+
Overall: B+

***1/2 out of 4 stars
jjb3332003
January 8, 2012
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.
bigbpdx
December 12, 2010
Very well-done movie, had a few twists and turns that kept things interesting and kept me guessing. Excellent acting by an outstanding cast. Not a "top ten" movie but definitely one of the better WW2 movies I've seen with a different point of view than most others. Well worth watching!!
Sgt. Cockstrain
December 15, 2013
Its a little dry, the plot is OK, but the script is hardly anything special and by the end (the best part) it feels more like a Bond film than a 2nd world war flick. As war films from the 60's era go, this fits somewhere right in the middle, it's not the best and not the worst.
October 13, 2013
I think I saw this theatrically under both titles. The first time was at a movie house in Plattsburgh NY, about July 1965, and the second time was a few months later at the Wayne Theatre in the Philadelphia suburbs. By the second time, the posters proclaimed "The Great Spy Mission," with "Operation Crossbow" underneath, but the film's opening titles still called it Operation Crossbow. This Carlo Ponti production has always stood a lot of sneers for its top-billing of Ponti's wife Sophia Loren, who has only a brief role in the middle of the picture. But really, it's a pretty good flick, particularly in its production design and the casting of Tom Courtenay. I was quite young, and the atmosphere of wartime London deeply impressed me. You had a Winston Churchill actor intoning sonorously at a mahogany desk with barrage balloons hovering outside the window. When Tom Courtenay shows up to be inducted into the mission there are those wonderful Abram Games-style propaganda posters hanging on the wall-Loose Lips May Sink Ships, and all that. I was quite young and this was all new to me, however cliché these trappings might seem now. The best parts of the picture were the historically accurate depictions of the V1 project. The sex 'n' spies subplots seemed confused and perfunctory to my young eyes, just routine filler to provide a semblance of a storyline and an excuse for Sophia Loren to appear. I'm pretty sure Courtenay gets caught and killed. He was the about the only major player who didn't look as though he had wandered in from the wrong soundstage with mid-60s hair and makeup. The minor players and the sets were well done, on the other hand.

One minor oddity of the film is that it was done in color, and very good color, too. It was about the first serious, grown-up movie that wasn't in black-and-white. Two other good war films came out around the same time, 'The Train' with Burt Lancaster, and Otto Preminger's incredible 'In Harm's Way' (starring John Wayne, with Henry Fonda, Patricia Neal, Paula Prentiss, Brandon de Wilde, Burgess Meredith, Patrick O'Neal, Dana Andrews, and just about anybody else they could sign up), and these flicks were in glorious b/w. As were the more contemporary 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' (set in the early 60s with the first film appearance of the character George Smiley) and that ur-60s London film, 'Darling.' Serious films for grown-ups were in black-and-white up until about 1966 or 1967; color was for Hollywood comedies, musicals, and kiddie fare. A color film about the Second World War was difficult to take seriously in 1965. This, rather than the name 'Operation Crossbow,' was its real problem on first release.
May 23, 2012
only at the last 1/3 of the movie something start to happen. only for the hardcore addicts to WWII movies
moviebuff18cab
May 30, 2007
OPERATION CROSSBOW (1965)
Hawaiianguy2991
Hawaiianguy2991

Super Reviewer

March 30, 2010
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.

Story: B+
Acting: B+
Direction: A
Visuals: C+
Overall: B+

***1/2 out of 4 stars
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