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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

Sep 2, 2003

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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.

December 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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It may be devoid of significance of any sort, but it is nevertheless passably entertaining, and certainly better viewing than most MacLean adaptations.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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You have to admire any film that casts Clint Eastwood opposite Richard Burton; the real violence is in the clash of acting styles.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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...it provides full-on thrills, maybe exaggerated thrills, to be sure, but making for an exciting ride, nonetheless.

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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A straight-ahead, old-school action movie for war-espionage junkies. [Blu-ray]

June 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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If it's a mindless roller-coaster thrill ride that you fancy, this is the vehicle that knows how to make it a fun ride.

May 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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If it's explosions, gunplay, and wartime treachery that you like, Where Eagles Dare delivers.

December 26, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton team up for a fairly high-flying adventure.

April 3, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Non-stop action of the highest quality.

July 26, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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!
December 7, 2011
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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".
August 16, 2010
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A blisteringly exciting and thoroughly exhilarating action-packed thriller. A classic men on a mission adventure in the tradition of The Guns of Navarone. It's purely entertaining with enough explosive suspense and slam-bang non-stop action to go around for two and a half hours. A smart, dazzling and well-crafted masterpiece. Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood are terrific.
June 12, 2010
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    1. John Smith: A punk. A second rate punk at that.
    – Submitted by Michael O (2 years ago)
    1. Col. Kramer: I prefer the gestapo to be kept out of this matter.
    – Submitted by Michael O (2 years ago)
    1. John Smith: Lieutenant, in the next 15 minutes we have to create enough confusion to get out of here alive.
    2. Lt. Morris Schaffer: Major, right now you got me about as confused as I ever hope to be.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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