#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – During WW2 a British aircraft is shot down and crashes in Nazi held territory. The Germans capture the only survivor, an American General, and take him to the nearest SS headquarters. Unknown to the Germans the General has full knowledge of the D-Day operation. The British decide that the General must not be allowed to divulge any details of the Normandy landing at all cost and order Major John Smith to lead a crack commando team to rescue him. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Schaffer, who is puzzled by his inclusion in an all British operation. When one of the team dies after the parachute drop, Schaffer suspects that Smith’s mission has a much more secret objective.
Plot: World War II is raging, and an American general has been captured and is being held hostage in the Schloss Adler, a Bavarian castle that’s nearly impossible to breach. It’s up to a group of skilled Allied soldiers to liberate the general before it’s too late.
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Major, right now you got me about as confused as I ever hope to be.
Directed by Brian G. Hutton and adapted to the screen from his own novel by Alistair MacLean, Where Eagles Dare stars Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. Music is scored by Ron Goodwin and cinematography is by Arthur Ibbetson.
A small group of allied agents are sent on a mission to rescue a Allied General from a Nazi castle stronghold. But there is more than what meets the eye here…
Boys own men on a mission in grandiose strokes, MacLean’s complex story makes for riveting and exciting entertainment. The story twists and turns like a Python on acid, thus requiring full attention to conversational details is very much advised. And yet joyously it’s the fun and kinetic action that holds the most attention, especially for what is quite an explosive and thrilling last third of picture. There are stunts galore amongst the Austrian Alps (beautifully photographed by Ibbetson), and as the espionage hokum reaches its crescendo status, so does the kinetic carnage, with the makers wasting no opportunity to blow everything up.
Burton is classy and enjoying himself, Eastwood laconic and cool, while good support comes from Mary Ure (great to have a well written spunky female lead), Patrick Wymark, Michael Hordern and Donald Houston. The running time is a touch too long as MacLean’s prose is given weighty treatment for extended chatter, and some back projection work feels unnecessarily cheap for such a grand production, but this is good old machismo fuelled classic cinema regardless. 9/10
One of the greatest action/adventure films ever made
RELEASED IN 1968 and directed by Brian G. Hutton, “Where Eagles Dare” is a World War II adventure about handful of commandos parachuting into the wilderness surrounding a German castle-fortress high in the Bavarian Alps. Their mission is to rescue a captive general before the Germans can interrogate him. However, not everything is as it first appears.
The film is not a conventional World War II flick. Alistair Maclean wrote the script based on his novel and thus the movie is, unsurprisingly, a spy thriller just as much as it is a war picture. Keep in mind that spy flicks were super-hot when the film was released (e.g. James Bond). Are 60’s spy films plausible? Realistic? No, they only have the veneer of plausibility and realism; underneath it’s all escapist fantasy. So it is with “Where Eagles Dare.”
The opening with the breathtaking Alps and Ron Goodwin’s exhilerating score is one of the greatest cinematic openings in history. From there you get intrigue, thrilling action scenes, a magnificent castle, Richard Burton at his charismatic best, two beautiful women (Mary Ure and Ingrid Pitt), surprising plot twists, cable cars, a suspenseful escape and a don’t-see-it-coming ending, not to mention Clint Eastwood.
Speaking of Eastwood, he plays a taciturn American lieutenant, second fiddle to Richard Burton, the British leader of the operation. Believe it or not, Burton’s charisma is so out of the ball park that Eastwood pales by comparison. Of course, this has a lot to do with the way their roles were written, but you still have to give Burton credit for blowing Eastwood, who’s no slouch, out of the water.
Some complain about the utter ruthlessness of the Allied commandos, particularly the characters played by Burton and Eastwood, but they’re Special Forces on a secret mission, not conventional soldiers in infantry combat. They’re professional killing machines, which is why they were given the job. There was no room for mercy in this operation at this stage in the war.
In any case, it’s exciting to see Burton & Eastwood and their team mow down scores of Germans. The film’s so well-done and compelling that you sorta don’t realize how unbelievable it is while watching. This is because it lacks the cartoonish-ness of, say, “Rambo 2” and “Rambo 3” and maintains an air of realism throughout (which is different than saying it’s realistic).
FINAL WORD: “Where Eagles Dare” is one of the greatest action/adventure films of all time and is as-good-or-better than any war flick you care to name. The exhilarating score itself is worth the price of admission, as is the opening. If you’re in the mood for a World War II flick, “Where Eagles Dare” is at the top of the list.
THE FILM RUNS 2 hours, 35 minutes and was shot on location in Austria with studio work done in England.
The ultimate ‘men on a mission’ movie
Once a year, usually around Christmas time but always in winter, this movie is played somewhere on British TV. Like ‘The Great Escape’ this movie has become a staple of TV station classic war movies wheeled out once a year to keep the punters happy, and it always delivers.
How can it fail? It has spectacular scenery, great actors, lots of schoolboy WWII style action and even busty wenches in maid uniforms. This film is ingrained in the psyche, you cannot see a mountaintop castle without thinking of Schloss Adler and the cable-car scenes. If I’m trudging through the snow in the woods then I hear myself humming the theme from ‘Where Eagles Dare’. If I or anyone from my generation picks up a radio, it’s only a matter of time before someone starts sending “Broadsword calling Danny Boy” in an imitation of Richard Burton’s plummy tones. It’s a given.
I know it’s not the most realistic movie ever made, but Richard Burton, Michael Horden, Clint Eastwood and the gang carry it off with great aplomb and we believe every line. The pacing is excellent, leaving similar offerings such as ‘Guns of Navarone’ feeling like funeral marches. And talk about atmosphere! This movie reeks atmosphere, from the settings in the beautiful mountains to the scenes inside the old caste hallways to the exterior shots of people rapelling down the sides of the viciously cold walls. It’s a must see, 8 out of 10 compared to all films, and 10 out of 10 for ‘men on a mission’ movies.
An excellent, laconic adventure film.
My highest praise is reserved for films that, with little ornamentation or pretense, accomplish their task. “Where Eagles Dare” does so with few one liners and special effects that are a part but not an overwhelming part of the script. In other words, there is little or no room for gratuitousness in this picture.
It is interesting to see Richard Burton in a role that demands little or no dialogue, especially considering this is a man who has rendered dialogue most exquisitely beautiful by the particular lilt of his voice. In this role he is frank and only speaks when necessary, therefore, seeing as how most of this film is action, he says very little. Some purists would fault Burton for taking a role that seems devoid of the usual acting challenges he appeared to enjoy attacking early in his career, but I disagree. This film is a departure from the normal Burton “oeuvre” and yet he does pull of the role of Major Smith convincingly. One does not expect this man to be either audacious nor flamboyant and Burton, whose very presence suggests a call for histrionics, executes this role quietly.
Now it is well known that Burton was not seeking a challenge by taking on this project, his primary concern was revamping his potency in the box-office by staring in a blockbuster. And he got it. But we cannot fault him for that because he possessed the facility as an actor to pull it off. Burton could be both a dramatic performer and a daring sex symbol. Besides, standing alongside a veritable “tough-guy” like Eastwood, Burton needed to be able to hold his end up because the movie going audience had already identified Eastwood as the quintessential tough guy. Had Burton not been up to the task, this film would not have been a success.
The script is entertaining and has a few notable twists in it, a testament to the skill of screenwriter and adventure novelist Alistair MacClain. Character development is not of particular importance in this story and yet one does come away with a palpable sense of Major Smith, a fact that I again acknowledge is the handywork of Burton, whose presence is auspicious regardless of his role. Overall, this film appears to be able to balance the rhythmic quietude of action while interjecting enough personal flair to make the film memorable and not another futile exercise in on-screen action and viewer instant gratification/escapism. This movie is one of the best in its genre and is worth a good viewing.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 38 min (158 min)
Genre Action, Adventure, War
Director Brian G. Hutton
Writer Alistair MacLean (story), Alistair MacLean (screenplay)
Actors Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark
Country UK, USA
Awards 1 win & 3 nominations.
Production Company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Winkast Film Productions, Elliott Kastner Productions
Sound Mix 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Mono (35 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints), 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Lenses
Laboratory Metrocolor, London, UK
Film Length 4,303 m (Norway)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic) (as Panavision®)
Printed Film Format 35 mm, 70 mm (blow-up)