Film Review – WHERE EAGLES DARE (1968)

Where Eagles Dare (1968; UK/USA; Metrocolor; 158m) ∗∗∗∗  d. Brian G. Hutton; w. Alistair MacLean; ph. Arthur Ibbetson; m. Ron Goodwin.  Cast: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Robert Beatty, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark, Michael Hordern, Donald Houston, Peter Barkworth, Ferdy Mayne, Anton Diffring, William Squire, Brook Williams, Neil McCarthy, Vincent Ball, Derren Nesbitt. Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner, but that’s not all that’s really going on. Spectacular action mixes with intrigue in this enormously entertaining adventure. Burton makes an unlikely hero and Eastwood gives stoic support. Beautifully photographed in the Austrian Alps. MacLean wrote the script and novel simultaneously over a period of six weeks. [PG]

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