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Operation Crossbow (1965)




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Featuring an all-star cast, this WW II adventure drama tells the story of a group of Allied operatives who are sent on a highly dangerous mission to destroy a Nazi installation, where long-range rockets are being developed that could tip the balance of power in favour of the German forces.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Carlo Ponti Productions

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George Peppard
as Lt. John Curtis
John Mills
as Gen. Boyd
Trevor Howard
as Prof. Lindemann
Richard Johnson
as Duncan Sandys
Tom Courtenay
as Robert Henshaw
Jeremy Kemp
as Phil Bradley
Anthony Quayle
as Bamford
Lilli Palmer
as Frieda
Paul Henreid
as Gen. Ziemann
Helmut Dantine
as Gen. Linz
Barbara Rütting
as Hanna Reitsch
Richard Todd
as Wing Cmdr. Kendall
Sylvia Syms
as Constance Babington Smith
John Fraser
as Flight Lt. Kenny
Maurice Denham
as RAF Officer
Patrick Wymark
as Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Karel Stepanek
as Prof. Hoffer
Moray Watson
as Col. Kenneth Post
Richard Wattis
as Sir Charles Sims
Allan Cuthbertson
as German Technical Examiner
Robert Brown
as Air Commodore
Wolf Frees
as German Police Inspector
Milo Sperber
as German Hotel Porter
George Mikell
as German
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne
as German Officer
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Critic Reviews for Operation Crossbow

All Critics (5)

Takes an unlikely scenario and ends it with an explosive fantasy James Bond-like finale.

Full Review… | June 14, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...an entertaining, genuinely exciting adventure flick...

Full Review… | January 24, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

...a decent espionage escapade and a fairly suspenseful thriller that passes an entertaining few hours.

Full Review… | January 2, 2007
Movie Metropolis

WWII tale of Nazi rocket plans has its moments; including Sophia Loren doesn't hurt.

May 31, 2005

Audience Reviews for Operation Crossbow

A decent WW2 spy movie. Sophia Loren is very good in her limited role. The plot is solid and could benefit from a modernized remake.

Jeff B
Jeff B

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.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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Very well-done movie, had a few twists and turns that kept things interesting and kept me guessing. Excellent acting by an outstanding cast. Not a "top ten" movie but definitely one of the better WW2 movies I've seen with a different point of view than most others. Well worth watching!!

Brian Shaw
Brian Shaw

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