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5.0 out of 5 stars Where Eagles Dare...finally on DVD
A great movie that is easy to enjoy again and again. Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood make an unlikely, but excellent team set on literally storming the castle, behind enemy lines, during World War II. The film is an incredible example of how it is possible to make one of the best action movies of all time without any modern day special effects. The locations give the...
Published on July 13 2003 by Mike

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3.0 out of 5 stars Commando raid at its most ludicrous
OK. Stellar star cast. I'll give you that and no dearth of action as well. But to portray the German Fallschirmjaeger and alpine troops as a bunch of bungling flat footed idiots is a little far fetched. It is history at its worst portrayal and hollywood action at its golden peak. Some dumbass marine from New Jersey might fall for this drivel but not well read students of...
Published on June 28 2004 by Raghuram Krishnaswamy


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5.0 out of 5 stars Where Eagles Dare...finally on DVD, July 13 2003
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Mike (Tulsa, OK) - See all my reviews
A great movie that is easy to enjoy again and again. Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood make an unlikely, but excellent team set on literally storming the castle, behind enemy lines, during World War II. The film is an incredible example of how it is possible to make one of the best action movies of all time without any modern day special effects. The locations give the film a realistic backdrop to a story that is more like a classic serial. Where Eagles Dare is filled with explosions, twists, great escapes and characters you love to hate (the Nazi SS for example). An outstanding soundtrack compliments the movie perfectly. Good versus evil and the Allies win against the Nazis in this one too. About a decade late on arriving to DVD, but worth the wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complex war story w/ Richard Burton, Jan. 18 2011
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Part of Clint Eastwood collection is misleading. Made in 1969, Clint is a quiet second eclipsed by Richard Burton's effective performance as the leader of the team. Eastwood is an American Ranger sent on a British mission behind enemy lines because he's American. Burton works behind the scenes w/ a female agent unknownst to the team. In fact as the members of the team die and only Burton knows they are murdered the who reason for the mission -- get the general and get out -- is called into question.

The members of the team were picked because of their black ops training or were they? As the story unfolds and the mystery increases the movie becomes more and more fascinating. Burton is phenomenal as always and Eastwood shows glimmers of the actor he will become. The support cast are well-know British actors you will recognize.

the plot is convoluted and spell-binding as the story changes from scene to scene until finally all is revealed and there is a exciting climax. Well written, well acted and well directed. Add this to your war/espionage collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Commandos and Spies, Feb. 18 2013
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This review is from: Where Eagles Dare (Blu-ray)
Many war movies of the 1960s are unremarkable but "Where Eagles Dare" is different in at least two respects. Women characters figure significantly and the leading actors of the time in the classical and action genres, Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood respectively, are brought together in a rare partnership. It's a recipe for variety which works with Alistair MacLean's rather outrageous story by enabling a constant shift of focus to keep the viewer guessing.

Action is relentless (watch for a hair-raising cable car fight!), hilarious one-liners abound and credulity stretches to the limit but never quite beyond it. The plot is a complex one about a British military intelligence operation to unmask traitors under the cover of rescuing an Allied general from the Schloss Adler ("Castle of the Eagles"), a German alpine stronghold in southern Bavaria.

Eastwood plays an American Ranger on a commando team led by Burton who steals the limelight as Major Smith, a role he performs with obvious enthusiasm. Mary Ure gives a thoroughly professional performance as a trusted MI6 agent and Ingrid Pitt lights up the screen with her character of a flirty barmaid spying for the Allies. Wintry mountain exteriors, shot in the Austrian Alps, provide a forbiddingly steely backdrop to heighten the sense of mission impossible, while Ron Goodwin's memorable theme music catches exactly the right mood.

To criticize the slightly dated combat special effects and obvious German villains would be easy but also churlish. Enjoy this movie for what it is: a 'sixties war actioner with some unusual extras which elevates it to special status.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Dec 18 2013
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Trevor Broadbent (Calgary, AB) - See all my reviews
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Needed an upgrade in quality from my VHS version. Still one of the best World War 2 movies ever made
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure movie., Nov. 10 2013
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Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood are great in this as are the other actors. Based on a really enjoyable book by Alistair MacLean with ongoing surprises. For war movie action buffs, this is a fun movie to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "They must do what no army can do...or go where no army can go...penetrate the 'Castle of the Eagles!!'", Nov. 10 2012
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Stephen Pletko "Uncle Stevie" (London, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
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"Do me a favour, will you? Next time you have one of these things, keep it an all-British operation."

The above is said at the end of this thrilling World War II action movie starring Richard Burton (1925 to 1984) and Clint Eastwood.

The title of this movie "Where Eagles Dare" comes from (Act 1 Scene 3) of William Shakespeare's history play "Richard III" (circa 1593): "The world is grown so bad, the wren makes prey where eagles dare not perch."

It was directed by the same person who directed "Kelly's Heroes" (starring Clint Eastwood). Alistair MacLean (known for his fictional thrillers or adventure stories) wrote the novel of the same name and this movie's screenplay at the same time.

The mission of eight military agents (one of them a women [Mary Ure, 1933 to 1975], all of them British except one who's American) is straight-forward: get in, get or rescue an American General, and get out ALIVE.

The problem is that the American General is being held at the German Schloss Adler, the "Castle of the Eagles." This fortress is only accessible by cable car (or helicopter).

This mission is led by Major Smith (Burton) with Lieutenant Schaffer (Eastwood) doing the dirty work. Problems plague the mission right from the beginning.

You'll have to pay attention when watching this movie or you'll get confused. It has many twists and turns (that really kept me interested). Schaffer says it best when Smith reveals some important information:

"Major, right now, you got me as confused as I ever hope to be."

All actors do a good job in their roles but I have to give special kudos to Richard Burton as the leader of the mission. He gives a magnificent performance.

Also look for "scream queen" Ingrid Pitt in a small but essential role.

The background music adds to each scene. And the cinematography is just first-rate. (This movie was filmed on-location in Austria and Bavaria.)

The action in this movie is literally "explosive." The action on the cable cars is unforgettable.

Finally, the DVD (the one released in 2010) has three extras. One of these extras is a twelve-minute featurette which I found interesting.

In conclusion, this movie is a thrilling classic that you must see in order to understand why it was the biggest box-office draw in the year that it was released!!

(1968; 2 hr, 35 min; wide screen; 42 scenes)

<<Stephen Pletko, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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4.0 out of 5 stars more visual entertainment, Sept. 4 2012
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Anthony Marinelli "marilread" (toronto on canada) - See all my reviews
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Years ago reading a history book i thought the assassination plot of hitler would make an interesting shoot...and years later of all people somewhat uncharacteristically Tom Cruise took up the challenge, going from movie star to character actor starring in a film. People found him different, and its a change of pace, and he may have found it unfamiliar terrain, but he received much media attention worldwide, and more intense scrutiny as an actor than the other roles he plays..sometimes tabloid nonsense takes away from an actor's reputation. Here we have the war again with richard burton sans liz who is a great actor by the way in films like night of the iguana and wild swans and other films with clint eastwood in a character type role also which is also a change of space, and there's a spy side plot and the location of a building at film's end, but there is much visual scenery beautifully photographed, many special effects,stunts,burnings,...here we have a visual movie with some acting and big stars. The movie is almost dramatized through imagery like a silent film. There is not much dialogue...and the imagery brings the scenes together but it's not really violent as in many films today and the climbing sequences and mountain peaks are interesting. Burton in a commentary compares eastwood to gary cooper in a more favourable light, and he could have worked more in europe but probably never took up the offers. He made two later war type films Kelly's heroes and Heartbreak Ridge for the interested viewer(forms part of clint's retrospective multidisc package)...Burton is great as always...he's always a joy to watch and brings something special in all his films, not only Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful scenery, good rescue mission movie, June 16 2012
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Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, also beautiful scenery of the snowy mountain variety, a snappy Alistair MacLean story - what more do you need? Several twists well handled, bodies left everywhere, this is one of the movies I've watched over and over for years.

By the way, the original book is also worth a look. The story is similar, but not quite the same, and much less violent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kelly's Heroes, March 23 2009
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This review is from: Where Eagles Dare (1969) (DVD)
Excellent product. Love this movie. Was difficult to find but when I tried Amazon it was there. These types of movies I enjoy very much and would recommend the purchase to anyone who enjoys war movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling from start to finish!, Dec 28 2011
Not your average shoot em up WW2 movie. This one is half war, half spy movie with a great intelligent plot that will keep you guessing to the very end!
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