Operation Crossbow 1965

Operation Crossbow

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London officials learn of a plan by Nazis to create new, more destructive missiles during World War II. Working quickly to stop the potentially catastrophic movement, the prime minister calls for an immediate investigation. Three experts (George Peppard, Jeremy Kemp, Tom Courtenay) are instructed to enter Germany and inspect a plant that is believed to hold the explosives. The men pose as German soldiers in a mission that may save England, but not without consequences.

Cast & Crew

George Peppard
Lt. John Curtis
Trevor Howard
Prof. Lindemann
John Mills
Gen. Boyd
Richard Johnson
Duncan Sandys
Tom Courtenay
Robert Henshaw
Jeremy Kemp
Phil Bradley
Paul Henreid
Gen. Ziemann
Derry Quinn
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Ray Rigby
Screenwriter
Ron Goodwin
Original Music
Erwin Hillier
Cinematographer
Ernest Walter
Film Editor
Elliot Scott
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Critic Reviews for Operation Crossbow

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Audience Reviews for Operation Crossbow

  • Jul 05, 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.
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  • Mar 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
    Matthew R Super Reviewer

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