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Where Eagles Dare

158 min
Action | Adventure | War
IMDB rate:
Brian G. Hutton
1 win & 2 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1969-03-12
Filming Locations: Festung Hohenwerfen, Salzburg, Austria
Gross: SEK 11,639,000 (Sweden) Admissions 1,134,000 (Sweden)
Anton Diffring
Anton Diffring
Where Eagles Dare
Richard Burton
Maj. Smith
Clint Eastwood
Mary Ure
Mary Ellison
Patrick Wymark
Col. Turner
Michael Hordern
Adm. Rolland
Donald Houston
Peter Barkworth
William Squire
Robert Beatty
Brook Williams
Sgt. Harrod
Neil McCarthy
Sgt. Jock MacPherson
Vincent Ball
Ferdy Mayne
Derren Nesbitt
Von Hapen
Victor Beaumont
Col. Weissner
Ingrid Pitt
Richard Beale
Telephone Orderly (uncredited)
Ivor Dean
German Officer #2 (uncredited)
Guy Deghy
Maj. Wilhelm Wilner
Jim Dowdall
Extra (uncredited)
Max Faulkner
Sgt. Hartmann (uncredited)
Harry Fielder
German Soldier (uncredited)
John G. Heller
German Major - at 'Zum Wilden Hirsch' (uncredited)
Lyn Kennington
German Woman (uncredited)
Nigel Lambert
Young German Soldier (uncredited)
Olga Lowe
Lt. Anne-Marie Kernitser (uncredited)
Ian McCulloch
German Officer (uncredited)
Terence Mountain
German Radio Op (uncredited)
Derek Newark
German Major (uncredited)
Anton Rodgers
German Officer at Airfield (uncredited)
Bill Sawyer
Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Jack Silk
German Officer at Ammunitions Shed (uncredited)
Philip Stone
Sky Tram Operator (uncredited)
Jim Tyson
Innkeeper (uncredited)
Ernst Walder
Airport Control Officer (uncredited)
Did you know?
Nazi concentration camp survivor Ingrid Pitt found filming very difficult because many of the cast were wearing World War II German army uniforms.
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Derren Nesbitt was nearly blinded when the squibs in his chest blew upwards instead of outwards when filming his death scene - his character was filmed being shot in the head and the chest but in the finished film he is only shot in the head.
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In the scenes where Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood climb the steep fortress walls, Eastwood moves with ease, while Burton is clearly working hard physically. This was due to the fact that Burton, who was a hard-drinker and out-of-shape by that point, chose to ride a crane (made invisible by special effects) up the wall, whereas the young, healthy Eastwood was actually climbing the wall.
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After Smith and Schaffer initially climb into the Schloss Adler, Schaffer puts on a cap and Smith doesn't have one as they walk out the door of a room and into a hall. Less than a minute later, both of them are walking down another hall, and Smith now has a hat similar to Schaffer's.
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When the final German vehicle explodes at the airport, the occupants are obviously dummies and don't move at all, despite being engulfed in flames.
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When they prepare to leap into the river, the cable car appears to be over the middle of the river, perhaps even a close to the far bank. But when they do leap, the first jumper lands close the near bank and the cable car moves over the river once again.
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Major John Smith: [to Schaeffer] In your own idiom, you're a 'punk'. And a pretty second rate punk at that.
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Maj. Wilhelm Wilner: [into a phone] Major Wilner speaking. Ja, Colonel.
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Lt. Morris Schaffer: [referring to what Smith called him earlier to maintain his cover] "Second rate punk," huh?
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Did the Germans really have helicopters in World War 2?
Yes, the Germans used a small number of early helicopters in late World War 2 for tasks such as transport and artillery spotting in addition to numerous experimental prototypes. Two Fa 223 Drache ('Dragon') aircraft were actually assigned to the German Army's Mountain Warfare School at Innsbruck so the prescence of a helicopter in the film is surprisingly plausible.
Who killed the 2 other members of the team?
Presumably the trio of double agents killed them because they were suspicious of them and had seen or heard something that betrayed their treason.
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