Where Eagles Dare

Where Eagles Dare

DVD - 2010 | Widescreen version.
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An American general is shot down over Germany during WWII and captured. Unknown to the Germans, he has full knowledge of the D-Day operation. British Intelligence puts together a team to rescue him, but an American is in the squad for reasons unknown.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2010]
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9781419893780
1419893785
Branch Call Number: DVD WHERE E
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (155 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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richmole
Mar 23, 2018

The last "explosive" half hour of this confusing muddle of a movie redeems it, in a way many other inept movies have never been redeemed. Sez Clint Eastwood's character at one point, "Major, right now you got me about as confused I ever hope to be." Got that right.

Now, lemme think: the good guys are really bad guys but might be good guys...and the bad guys are really good guys who are really...oh, to heck with it. Stop thinking, just watch.

What you see, for the most part, is fabulous cinematography on (challenging winter) locations in the Austrian Alps. Nice. What you ALSO see, are slam-bag action sequences that rank up there with The Dirty Dozen (released the year before). This is what made this WW II espionage silliness one of '68s biggest box-office draws (earning 3 times it's significant cost.).

Don't credit the director. A big military-type salute to a guy named Yakima Canutt, (every Indian who bit the dust in John Ford's classic western, Stage Coach and John Wayne's double, too; and the chariot drivers in 1959's Ben Hur.) He's the one who staged the action and doubled Richard Burton. The big boom that blows a bridge (captured by 3 different cameras) is a classic in itself.

The story? Forgeddaboudit. Dig the action.

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Alad
Nov 15, 2017

I agree with Ocho's comment - some movies just don't stand the test of time; this one feels very dated. I remembered it from my youth, and tried to show to my teenage daughter - it was a total disappointment, we gave up halfway through. If you want to watch an old war thriller, try The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen, or The Bridge on the River Kwai - they all held up really well ( my daughter loved tem), unlike this one.

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VonHafenstaaad
Nov 10, 2017

1968's "Where Eagles Dare" paired veteran thespian Richard Burton and up-and-coming young actor Clint Eastwood in a classic action thriller adapted from Alistair MacLean's bestselling novel of the same name. MacLean was prevailed upon to write the screenplay, and the movie sticks reasonably close to its namesake's storyline.
This movie is recommended to fans of Clint Eastwood and his action movies. Fans of Alistair MacLean will find it a much better than average adaption of one of his novels.

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Onewhoissaved
May 30, 2016

Richard Burton is the star of this film. Clint Eastwood may have been more popular with younger audiences but Clint will never be mistaken for an actor. "Where Eagles Dare" is a good action film with a good supporting cast. Read up on Burton and you too will be impressed with this man from Wales. He didn't need to link up with Elizabeth Taylor to gain fame. Sadly, he drank himself to death at the early age of 58.

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Lego15
Nov 11, 2015

Loved it. Great plot in that you never know who is good until near the end.

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0cho
Dec 15, 2014

Don’t make the same mistake!!! If you watched this movie as a kid and loved it, leave it right there and don’t revisit this movie. It doesn’t stand up well at all. I ended up laughing the entire length of the movie, very dated. Scenery is very nice.

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood star as Allies on a mission to infiltrate a Nazi-occupied castle and rescue a captured US general in this WWII action thriller.

It may seem odd, given my high grade, that I find this film's plot to be intensely uninteresting, but I do. Not only that, but I really didn't care about any of the characters and whether they lived or died. Except maybe Eastwood's, but that's just because he's played by Clint Eastwood.

The script by so-called "action master" Alistair MacLean is weak - ridiculously and implausibly twisty. There is one scene in the middle of the film that acts as a sort of plot twist spiral - there must be ten to twenty twists and gun turnings within a period of fifteen minutes. It's pretty silly. Not to mention that the film ends with one last predictable and obligatory twist.

The dialogue is generally serviceable but completely unremarkable. And the performances are handled capably, but also unremarkably.

However, the action is plentiful and solid, and there is an agreeable helping of bloody violence.

But what I really do love about this film is the visual atmosphere. Those snowy mountains! Those incessant blue night filters! Those smoky wood and gray stone interiors! I just can't get enough of it. The Austrian Alps have never looked better. The film's look is the closest I've ever come to my all-time favorite film - the Holy Grail of film atmosphere - The Fearless Vampire Killers. Not to say Where Eagles Dare is in the same league - the look is beautiful, but the tone is a bit unsatisfying and, as mentioned before, the script is completely inconsequential. These settings would be so much more alluring if they surrounded a mystical, supernatural plotline - the snow, gray skies, and impossibly high castle just beg to. But I'll always have The Fearless Vampire Killers for that, and I'm just thankful to have the images of Where Eagles Dare rattling around my brain.

EuSei May 21, 2012

Loved this movie. Burton is perfect as the tough guy who would do anything to achieve his goal. At that time women were shown more realistically—not as the ultra-strong, fake rambos movies nowadays make them. Highly recommend it.

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bstudent
Apr 28, 2012

War - real good WWII, lots of action, deception. Early Eastwood.

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phyllis49
Mar 22, 2012

A group of special agents attempting to rescue an Allied general from an impregnable castle is jeopardized by a ruthless German double agent.

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