Where Eagles Dare
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The mission is clear. Get in. Get the general. Get out. Commandos charged with freeing a U.S. general from an Alpine fortress should also be told to trust nothing – including the search-and-rescue orders just issued. Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood go Where Eagles Dare in this twisty World War II thriller written by action master Alistair MacLean (The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra) and directed by Brian G. Hutton (Kelly’s Heroes). Known for fiery dramatic roles, Burton ventures into the realm of movie pyrotechnics with dynamic efficiency. And Eastwood’s cool-fire presence heightens one searing action sequence after another. The film became Eastwood’s then-largest hit and its studio’s #1 moneymaker of the year.
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It was 1969.
Burton made the film for the family, who wanted to see Dad in a war film. Boozing heavily throughout the shoot, Richard muddled through. The make up department did a spot on job with him. Eastwood refers to this film as "Where Doubles Dared" - referencing his not having to go through the rigorous stunt work needed for the film adaptation, and having stunt doubles and a host of soon-to-be-killed German extras, wearing nifty Wehrmacht uni's. I STILL...cannot get an accurate tabulation of HOW many Germans Eastwood killed. He and Mary Ure back bused machine gunned a boatload of Krauts together - whooo!
(I count Eastwood alone at 78 - love to hear from someone with other totals - and another poster is right; the German's couldn't hit water if it fell out of a boat. Burton's hand flesh wound (still able to drive that bus like AJ Foyt) was the only ..the ONLY - wound suffered by the team.
Ingrid Pitt was SMOLDERING HOT in this film. Set gossip had Eastwood in a little fling with Pitt. They went together to pick up a motorcycle Eastwood got as part payment for his salary being in the film. He and Burton got on well on set. If I ever meet Clint, one of the first questions I'd ask him is about this film.
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