Where Eagles Dare Reviews
classic,one of the best wwII films ever,complex story lots of gunfights & a couple of decent stunts
burton & clint work well together its a shame they did'nt do more films together
A British intelligence officer (played by the amazing Welsh actor Richard Burton) and an American Ranger (played by Clint Eastwood) lead a commando team to rescue an American general in a fortified German castle during World War II. At least that's what it starts out as- that's only one layer on this multi-layered plot, which has many twists and turns; the film turns out to be very intricate and as a result, it becomes more believable as a crazy tale of suspense and espionage, rather than just another simple overblown spectacle.
The film is rather violent for a late 1960's film- I'm surprised it got a PG rating. Just pointing that out as a fault on the MPAA's part. That doesn't affect the film at all; it's still quality entertainment.
Personal biases aside, this is still not a very good movie. There are about 400 different scenes in which people are packing, saying identical dialogue, or speaking English with a group of Nazis. This thing could have been pared down quite a bit, but as it is with most films of its era, very little was left on the cutting room floor. This leaves us with a bloated running time that consists mostly of Burton blowing shit up, all the while attempting to get Clint Eastwood after a buttload of awkward situations. It's like a tame version of every cliched and generic action movie made nowadays, and it's incredibly dumbed down. Also, it features one of the cardinal sins of mystery filmmaking, in an ending where the main character sits all the other characters down to "Figure out what's going on and find out who's who." Wow, the genericness. It hurts. I couldn't write something that bad if I tried.
Final Score for Where Eagles Dare: 4/10 stars. Sure, the acting is okay, but Eastwood is given nearly nothing to do, and Burton's character is such an invincible badass that it completely detaches the audience from him. A skilled editor needs to go back to this movie and edit it down to a thrilling one hour and 45 minutes run-time. Or it should just be remade, starring Simon Pegg and Chris Hemsworth. Because this is a story worth telling, even if this movie is bad on nearly every level. It's totally stuck in its time, and unfortunately that time is not WWII-- it's the 1960s. As soon as a woman shows up, you know when the movie was made, because every single movie from the 60s features women in done-up hair and purple eyeshadow, regardless of how historically inaccurate this might be. It could have been good, but sadly, Where Eagles Dare is a hopelessly generic piece of shit that forces Clint Eastwood into second billing under a fucking Brit. How dare they.