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Where Eagles Dare Details


An expensive but enormously profitable war picture, Where Eagles Dare centers upon a daring rescue and even more daring escape. Disguised as Nazi officers, commandoes Maj. John Smith (Richard Burton), Lt. Morris Schaffer Clint Eastwood and six other courageous souls parachute behind enemy lines. Their mission: to rescue an American general, held captive in a supposedly impenetrable Alpine castle. Aiding and abetting the commandoes are Allied undercover agents Mary (Mary Ure) and Heidi (Ingrid Pitt). Also on hand is a British officer (Patrick Wymark), who masterminded the mission. Somewhere, somehow, someone amongst the Allies is going to turn out to be a traitor. There's also a neat plot twist in store when the commandoes manage to reach the American general -- which leads to yet another twist. The vertigo-inducing climax has made Where Eagles Dare one of the most sought-after of "early" Eastwood starring features. The film was written directly for the screen by espionage novelist Alistair MacLean. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Richard Burton
as John Smith
Clint Eastwood
as Lt. Morris Schaffer
Mary Ure
as Mary Ellison
Michael Hordern
as Vice Adm. Rolland
Patrick Wymark
as Wyatt Turner
Robert Beatty
as Cartwright-Jones
Anton Diffring
as Col. Kramer
Donald Houston
as Olaf Christiansen
William Squire
as Lee Thomas
Brook Williams
as Sgt. Harrod
Victor Beaumont
as Col. Weissner
Ingrid Pitt
as Heidi
Richard Beale
as Telephone Orderly
Ivor Dean
as German Officer
Lyn Kennington
as German Woman
Nigel Lambert
as Young German Soldier
Ernst Walder
as Airport Control Officer
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne
as Rosemeyer, German Officer
Vincent Ball
as Carpenter
Derren Nesbitt
as Maj. von Hapen
Vincent Ball
as Carpenter
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne
as Rosemeyer, German Officer


Brian G. Hutton
Elliott Kastner
Alistair MacLean
Screen Story
Alistair MacLean
Alistair MacLean
Book Author
Arthur Ibbetson
Doug Goodwin
Musical Direction/Supervision
John Jympson
Peter Mullins
Art Director
Arthur Taksen
Set Designer
Richard Parker
Special Effects
Chris Kenny
First Assistant Director
Patrick Clayton
First Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt
Yakima Canutt
Second Unit Director