Where Eagles Dare (1969)
Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 2
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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 1
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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
Mar 12, 1969 Wide
Sep 2, 2003
MGM Home Entertainment
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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.
It may be devoid of significance of any sort, but it is nevertheless passably entertaining, and certainly better viewing than most MacLean adaptations.
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.
You have to admire any film that casts Clint Eastwood opposite Richard Burton; the real violence is in the clash of acting styles.
...it provides full-on thrills, maybe exaggerated thrills, to be sure, but making for an exciting ride, nonetheless.
A straight-ahead, old-school action movie for war-espionage junkies. [Blu-ray]
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.
If it's explosions, gunplay, and wartime treachery that you like, Where Eagles Dare delivers.
Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton team up for a fairly high-flying adventure.
Non-stop action of the highest quality.
Audience Reviews for Where Eagles Dare
- John Smith: A punk. A second rate punk at that.
- Col. Kramer: I prefer the gestapo to be kept out of this matter.
- John Smith: Lieutenant, in the next 15 minutes we have to create enough confusion to get out of here alive.
- Lt. Morris Schaffer: Major, right now you got me about as confused as I ever hope to be.
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