Where Eagles Dare

Brian G. Hutton

An expensive but enormously profitable war film, Where Eagles Dare centres upon a daring rescue and even more daring escape. Disguised as Nazi officers, commandos 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. Somewhere, somehow, someone amongst the Allies turns 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 early Eastwood-starring features.

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