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Operation Crossbow Reviews

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September 22, 2016
Not their best. Poor writing.
½ December 29, 2015
another lost review flixter-aholes!
½ December 15, 2013
Its a little dry, the plot is OK, but the script is hardly anything special and by the end (the best part) it feels more like a Bond film than a 2nd world war flick. As war films from the 60's era go, this fits somewhere right in the middle, it's not the best and not the worst.
October 13, 2013
I think I saw this theatrically under both titles. The first time was at a movie house in Plattsburgh NY, about July 1965, and the second time was a few months later at the Wayne Theatre in the Philadelphia suburbs. By the second time, the posters proclaimed "The Great Spy Mission," with "Operation Crossbow" underneath, but the film's opening titles still called it Operation Crossbow. This Carlo Ponti production has always stood a lot of sneers for its top-billing of Ponti's wife Sophia Loren, who has only a brief role in the middle of the picture. But really, it's a pretty good flick, particularly in its production design and the casting of Tom Courtenay. I was quite young, and the atmosphere of wartime London deeply impressed me. You had a Winston Churchill actor intoning sonorously at a mahogany desk with barrage balloons hovering outside the window. When Tom Courtenay shows up to be inducted into the mission there are those wonderful Abram Games-style propaganda posters hanging on the wall-Loose Lips May Sink Ships, and all that. I was quite young and this was all new to me, however cliché these trappings might seem now. The best parts of the picture were the historically accurate depictions of the V1 project. The sex 'n' spies subplots seemed confused and perfunctory to my young eyes, just routine filler to provide a semblance of a storyline and an excuse for Sophia Loren to appear. I'm pretty sure Courtenay gets caught and killed. He was the about the only major player who didn't look as though he had wandered in from the wrong soundstage with mid-60s hair and makeup. The minor players and the sets were well done, on the other hand.

One minor oddity of the film is that it was done in color, and very good color, too. It was about the first serious, grown-up movie that wasn't in black-and-white. Two other good war films came out around the same time, 'The Train' with Burt Lancaster, and Otto Preminger's incredible 'In Harm's Way' (starring John Wayne, with Henry Fonda, Patricia Neal, Paula Prentiss, Brandon de Wilde, Burgess Meredith, Patrick O'Neal, Dana Andrews, and just about anybody else they could sign up), and these flicks were in glorious b/w. As were the more contemporary 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' (set in the early 60s with the first film appearance of the character George Smiley) and that ur-60s London film, 'Darling.' Serious films for grown-ups were in black-and-white up until about 1966 or 1967; color was for Hollywood comedies, musicals, and kiddie fare. A color film about the Second World War was difficult to take seriously in 1965. This, rather than the name 'Operation Crossbow,' was its real problem on first release.
September 22, 2012
Solid WWII action and espionage with George "A-Team" Peppard leading a mission to infiltrate Nazi missile labs. It's not all that different from any number of other men-on-a-mission WWII films, but it's well made, has a solid cast and has a tougher edge than most films of it's ilk. It's not as great as "The Dirty Dozen" but it can stand side by side with "The Guns of Navarone".
September 21, 2012
A solid WWII movie about German rockets.
September 4, 2012
Intelligent Espionage Thriller--Well done espionage yarn about a war mission during WWII!!
July 10, 2012
Oepration Crossbow se base sur une histoire efficace et solide. Pourtant, il ne réussit pas à captiver. Les acteurs sont corrects, mais l'ambiance laisse parfois place à de longs bouts inutiles. Pas vraiment ce à quoi je m'attendais, mais ça tient quand même la route.
May 23, 2012
only at the last 1/3 of the movie something start to happen. only for the hardcore addicts to WWII movies
April 15, 2012
"Pracovali jste v Plzni"
"Jste doktor z Plzn?"
"Odjel do Prahy"
January 8, 2012
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.
December 8, 2011
Average film about the Nazis and the British spies during the IIWW.

The Germans try to build a long range rocket and the Brits try to know what's going on.
September 15, 2011
Great spy thriller from the UK co-written by Emeric Pressburger about a group of British agents during WWII assigned to pose as Nazi scientist in order to stop the German's rocket testing and bomb manufacturing site. A cool opening, some good sequences throughout, and a really exciting ending. It's kind of funny that Sophia Loren gets second billing and only appears in it for about 10 minutes. I'd never heard of this film before so I'm glad I stumbled upon it, great entertainment.
½ July 28, 2011
Super Reviewer
July 5, 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.
½ June 5, 2011
Uneven World War II epic gets off to a strong start, but loses itself in a slow, talky mid-section, so when the action finally ramps up in the final act, it has failed to generate much suspense. Not a terrible movie, but nothing all that memorable.
June 5, 2011
Ambitious WWII espionage thriller has three men in what is likely a suicide mission infiltrate the Nazi's rocket program to prevent future attacks on Britain. George Peppard is our main man who inadvertently runs into the wife of the man he is posing as. The poor guy finds out it is none other than Sophia Loren! The film is surprisingly effective and often very unpredictable. It is done with a large budget and uses archival footage to enhance the effects (though special effects from the 1960s really do show their age now). Still, quite a good film.
½ March 4, 2011
Ein einfacher, aber gut gemachter Film. Nicht der beste 2. Weltkriegs-Film, aber dennoch eine spannende Geschichtslektion.
½ December 12, 2010
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!!
½ September 15, 2010
As far as espionage/war thrillers go, "Operation Crossbow" is as standard as they come. It's got plenty of melodramatic turns and spy-related fun before culminating in a cacophony of pyrotechnic razzle-dazzle. It's no better or worse than similar genre entries of the 1960's. Sophia Loren is captivating as always in a role that's over all too quickly.
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