Ill Met by Moonlight (Intelligence Service) (Night Ambush)

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Eschewing the Shakespearean original title (it's a quote from A Midsummer Night's Dream), the British Ill Met by Moonlight was released stateside as Night Ambush. This superb Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger concoction is set during World War II on the island of Crete. Dirk Bogarde and David Oxley play Major Paddy Leigh Fermer and Captain Billy Stanley Moss, two British officers whose job it is to kidnap Nazi general Karl Kreipe (Marius Goring) and spirit him off to Cairo. The motive of this mission is to weaken German morale on Crete and to provide hope to the enslaved locals. With the help of a group of resistance fighters, Fermer and Moss manage to trap the general; now they must transport their captive back to their own lines, avoiding German patrols every inch of the way. Originally 104 minutes, Ill Met by Moonlight was cut to 93 minutes by its American distributor. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Dirk Bogarde
as Maj. Paddy Leigh-Fermor "Philidem"
Marius Goring
as Gen. Karl Kreipe
David Oxley
as Capt. Billy Stanley Moss
Michael Gough
as Andoni Zoidakis
Roland Bartrop
as Micky Akoumianakis
Brian Worth
as Stratis Saviolkis
Paul Stassino
as Yanni Katsias
Christopher Lee
as German officer at dentist's
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  • Sep 08, 2011
    A true story about a group of British agents and Greek resistance fighters performing an audacious operation right under the noses of the cream of the German armed forces. Beautifully played and paced in an endearingly modest and understated British manner this film is something of a classic.... And if anyone doesn't know - the title is a quote is from A Midsummer Night's Dream by another famous Brit.
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