Where Eagles Dare (1969)


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An expensive but enormously profitable war picture, Where Eagles Dare centers upon a daring rescue and even more daring escape. Disguised as Nazi officers, commandoes Maj. John Smith (Richard Burton), Lt. Morris Schaffer Clint Eastwood and six other courageous souls parachute behind enemy lines. Their mission: to rescue an American general, held captive in a supposedly impenetrable Alpine castle. Aiding and abetting the commandoes are Allied undercover agents Mary (Mary Ure) and Heidi (Ingrid … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Alistair MacLean
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 2, 2003
MGM Home Entertainment


as Maj. Jonathan Smith,...

as Lt. Morris Schaffer

as Mary Elison

as Col. Wyatt Turner, ...

as Vice Adm. Rolland

as Christiansen

as Cartwright Jones

as Maj. von Hapen

as Col. Kramer

as Sgt. Harrod

as MacPherson

as Carpenter

as Col. Weissner

as Telephone Orderly

as German Officer

as German Woman

as Young German Soldier

as Radio Operator

as Airport Control Offi...

as Heidi

as Rosemeyer, German O...

as Sky Tram Operator
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Critic Reviews for Where Eagles Dare

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

Alistair MacLean wrote an original screenplay that was treated with respect for the writer's unusual abilities as a master of actionful suspense. The resulting film is highly entertaining, thrilling and rarely lets down for a moment.

Full Review… | December 26, 2007
Top Critic

It may be devoid of significance of any sort, but it is nevertheless passably entertaining, and certainly better viewing than most MacLean adaptations.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It is so long (almost three hours) that it may finally bore the very action trade for which it was intended; yet it's just at that point of surface boredom that the movie aficionado will probably become entranced.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

You have to admire any film that casts Clint Eastwood opposite Richard Burton; the real violence is in the clash of acting styles.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

...it provides full-on thrills, maybe exaggerated thrills, to be sure, but making for an exciting ride, nonetheless.

Full Review… | July 1, 2010
Movie Metropolis

A straight-ahead, old-school action movie for war-espionage junkies. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | June 6, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Where Eagles Dare

They sure knew how to make great WWII films back in the 1960's. So many classics from that era to love and remember. This highly suspenseful action-adventure, starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood in excellent form, joins those ranks with ease, as it takes us through a rousing series of taut and explosive events. While we do have to suffer a lot of obvious blue-screens, the outstanding story - along with its actors - makes such minor drawbacks effortless to overlook. There's a lot of plot twists as well, which results in the film being pleasantly unpredictable. We don't get that too much in modern cinema, without it feeling contrived or artificial in some way. Add to that the enchantingly sexy Ingrid Pitt, and you have more than enough reason to watch this great classic. A well-deserved 4 out of 5 stars!

Mike S

Super Reviewer


An impossible but no less important mission..
Hyper cool heroes who perform the most daring stunts without as much as breaking a sweat..
Double, triple or even quadruple twists and turns in the plot (Eventually you'll loose count)..
Overall, a brainless popcorn movie that does'nt offer anything reputable or realistic. Still its fun to watch Eastwood shooting the crap out of people.

Sajin P A

Super Reviewer

One of the highlights of the World War II military caper films that were rather popular in the 1960s. It has all it needs: an impossible mission to a unique and interesting location, very bad odds and cool heroes. Here: Richard Burton as sly fox planning ahead and Clint Eastwood as tight-lipped rookie. While the first half concentrates on stealth and deception, the second is action packed, both are very exciting. The story offers more twists than you'd expect from such a film, too. As far as the realism of UK and US soldiers easily sneaking into Nazi facilities go: Tarantino certainly had a look at this before doing "Inglourious basterds".

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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