This is a great war movie that is seldomly made anymore. It has a captivating plot, great acting by some major stars and good action scenes that make this a very watchable and interesting movie.
The plot begins with SS Leader Heinrich Himmler (portrayed excellently by Donald Plesence) agreeing to an idea that has a group of elite German Commando's to try to kidnap British Leader Winston Churchill.
The group of elite Fallschrimjager's (German Paratroopers/Commando's) is headed by Kurt Steiner (Michael Caine), a noble and gentlemanly officer. He is chosen due to his superior ability to get the mission done and also because he is in "bad favor" with his superiors by striking an SS Officer who was trying to shoot a Jewish girl who tried to escape the concentration camp trains.
The commando's parachute successfully into England, with the help of an Irish Republican Army spy (Donald Sutherland). The rest of the cast of the movie do a great job. I won't give away the rest of the movie, but it is excellent!
From Robert Duvall to Larry Hagman, there are some major stars in this movie, and I am suprized that it is not more well known. The book is great (Jack Higgins is the author), and the movie follows the book pretty good throughout.
Overall a highly recommended movie!