148 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest War Films of All Time !
Quite simply one of the greatest war movies ever made. A top notch thriller loaded with action, espionage and double crosses, "Where Eagles Dare" is the kind of movie that Hollywood just doesn't make anymore. This isn't some politically correct drama steeped in reality. No, this is good guys vs. bad guys. This is pure unabashed fantasy which keeps the...
Published on August 26, 2000 by paperbackriter
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Scenes Hard To Believe, Not Closed Captioned
I really liked this movie, however it is not closed captioned and that is massively annoying for me since I am deaf. Dialogue is a huge part of any movie. I did read Alastair MacLean's book of this title years ago, and I can see that the action in the movie very closely followed the book. The action in the book is great, but very difficult to believe. Literally one man...
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148 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest War Films of All Time !,
Richard Burton is absolutely cunning as the British agent who leads an elite group of soldiers behind enemy lines and into a seemingly unpenetrable German castle to rescue an imprisoned American General. A young Clint Eastwood is the only American on the mission. Clint is his usual cool and calm self. However he, like the audience, isn't sure who to trust. Somebody's a double agent, but exactly who is anyone's guess. Don't worry about figuring it out, just sit back and enjoy the drama. You'll love the growing tension and suspicion between Burton and Eastwood.
The journey into the castle is classic heart-stopping drama. Even better is Burton's fight with a German soldier high atop a ski lift -- truly one of the most riveting action sequences ever filmed. Bullets are flyin' and bombs are blastin' throughout. In the end, heroes emerge while evil perpetrators get their just due. Classic, absolutely classic!
And yes, as several reviewers have noted, the stunning scenery and beautiful cinematography in this film would greatly benefit from a widescreen DVD treatment. So, how 'bout it, I want my DVD!
50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Burton takes on the German Army,
Expect much of the usual MacLean storyline in this film as a handful of agents, plan gone awry, destroy a large contingent of the German Army while challenged by double agents in their midst. Much like "Force Ten from Navarone" and " The Guns of Navarone," a World War Two buff might wonder why so much of the Wehrmacht was located somewhere other than the front. No matter.
The cinematography is excellent and the locations stunning in Winter beauty. The film's musical score by itself is wonderful. The DVD release is very high quality. By the way, the soundtrack CD is also available. It's the perfect thing to listen to on a snowy day.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Schloss Adler.....The Castle of Eagles,
From the pen of Alistair McLean came the book...and then director Brian G. Hutton has done a superb job in truly capturing onscreen the pulse pounding thrill ride of the novel. The movie is like a grenade with the pin pulled out...you never know when the next explosion is coming !
Clint Eastwood (Eastwood said "Let Richard do the talking") and Richard Burton (Burton said "Clint acts with a type of dynamic lethargy") lead a group of Allied paratroopers on a daring raid to the Schloss Adler in Bavaria to rescue an American general held prisoner high in it's snow covered towers. However, all is not what it seems...the commandos are dying one by one and it soon becomes quite obvious that there is a traitor in the ranks. The film then becomes an exercise in espionage and double cross as Eastwood & Burton seek to ferret out the truth behind every man's identity....but not before Burton totally confuses Eastwood to the point where Clint remarks "Major, right now you have me about as confused as I ever hope to be !"
The movie is filled with incredible stunts, fiery shootouts and battle sequences as Eastwood & Burton seem to lay waste to regiment after regiment of German troops trying to stop their mission. Just suspend your disbelief (just like the cable car), and sit back and enjoy good old fashioned, grand scale entertainment.
Over the thirty years since this movie first came out, I must have watched it dozens of times...and I can't see myself tiring of it in the future either ! Just when the heck is it finally going to come out on DVD with a few extra goodies thrown in ??
If you don't own a copy of "Where Eagles Dare"...what are you waiting for...a true "must have" movie for any fan of big screen adventure films.
129 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great War Movie,
Any attempt to go into detail about the story would ruin some of the fun. Suffice to say that you will be riveted both by the action and the performances. One note though, Burton's monologue is amazing.
If you like WWII movies and have not seen this one, you don't know what you are missing.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Popcorn War Movie,
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sit! Down! Major!,
It's like a cross between 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' but with Nazis, and 'The Guns of Naverone' but with Clint Eastwood. Everything about the film is perfect, from the opening credits sequence (blood-red Germanic script, a Junkers transport plane, a driving, foreboding score) to the cast - Clint Eastwood is utterly Clint, Richard Burton is clipped enough to pass for Patrick McGoohan, and the Nazis are a fascinating, aristocratic bunch with groovy, well-pressed grey uniforms and matching MP40s. Furthermore it's *the* cable-car movie.
It's also utterly irresponsible and very silly - only 'Kelly's Heroes' and 'Star Wars' have matched the comic-book, off-hand brutality of the violence, and there's a nasty bit with an boot, a cable-car, and somebody's face that makes me wince every time I see it. It's probably Richard Burton's most memorable screen performance, too, which is something Burton himself would probably not have anticipated. It's a shame that most of the distinctive cast are either dead, or very old nowadays.
It gets shown on television every time there's a bank holiday, but it's hard to tire of watching it. Somebody release it on DVD - now.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic war movie with Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton,
The acting, the music, the dialogue and the scenery are outstanding. The plot has some great twists and the movie is great when viewed on a DVD.
This is a classic war movie that should be in any DVD collection. I've seen this movie so many times and still enjoy everything about the movie.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie with a nice unexpected plot twist,
Burton is the leader of an elite commando squad with orders to parachute into Germany, enter the Castle (built on a steep cliff by the way) and get the General out of German hands. It seems the General knows about the plans for the invasion of Europe and the Germans are trying to get him to talk.
The supporting cast, Clint Eastwood et al, are outstanding. From beautiful women who are helping Burton to the assault squad with their own "agenda" to follow, this is a great action movie that has an unexpected twist of plot.
This is the kind of movie that "guys who like action movies" would enjoy. It is also a movie you have to follow closely because if you don't you will be scratching your head until close to the very end. The movie version does the Alistair Maclean's novel quite outstandingly.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Broadsword calling Danny Boy",
Best because it's so entertaining and full of dizzying plot twists. Worst because it's ridiculous and full of silly plot twists.
Alistair MacLean was something of a genius at keeping riveting suspense going -- never mind it doesn't all make sense.
Parachute drops -- allied commandos behind enemy lines -- masquerading as German officers, infiltrating an impregnable castle via spy and on top of a cablecar.
Battling the Germans throughout the castle -- jumping from the cablecar, tricky rigged explosives set off by a passing bus.
That was a cute trick. Some of the reviewers forgot that Burton and Eastwood prepared for the escape by rigging explosives all along the roadway. Unlike some modern movies, this one shows them doing it.
Then you have Burton with that incredible voice and Eastwood playing off him rather hilariously. I have never forgotten Burton's "Broadsword calling Danny Boy."
The dialogue is actually pretty witty, if you pay attention:
Major Smith: "Lieutenant, in the next 15 minutes we have to create enough confusion to get out of here alive."
Lieutenant Schaffer: "Major, right now you got me about as confused as I ever hope to be."
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bursting with action,
This review is from: Where Eagels Dare [VHS] (VHS Tape)Commando team led by Richard Burton & Clint Eastwood must penetrate a Nazi mountain castle stronghold against impossible odds to rescue a captured Allied general. Thoroughly rousing actionfest, with the typical twisting Alistair MacLean plot. My old video of this movie is almost worn out from repeated viewings. There are several criticisms sometimes leveled at this film which are off-base. First: The Helicopter - helicopters were in development in several forms by Germany during WWII. Operational prototypes of the Flettner Fl-282 Kolibri bear suitable enough resemblance to the helo in the film so as not to strain credulity. Second: Nobody ever reloads - Not true. If one watches the film closely, both Clint and Mary Ure, as well as several of the Germans, are shown putting fresh clips on their burp guns more than once. Third: The commandos accomplish things which are impossible - Perhaps, but anyone who studies the actual exploits of real commandos during WWII will discover that the action depicted in Where Eagles Dare is not as unlikely as one might think. There are, of course, valid nits to pick with this, or any film. Forget them, and enjoy this exciting and action-packed movie.
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