Where Eagles Dare is a World War 2 movie that was made in 1968. This movie starred Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, and Richard Burton. The director of this movie was Brian G. Hutton, and it was filmed in Bavaria and Austria.
The novel, upon which the movie was based, was written by Alistair Maclean, who also wrote the screenplay and this is one of the reasons that the movie is faithful to the book version.
A British aircraft is attacked and shot down in territory occupied by Germans, during WW2. The only survivor of this crash, an American General, is taken prisoner by German troops and they take him to the local SS headquarters.
This is in the Schloss Adler, a castle in Bavaria that is known for being almost impossible to breach.
Unknown to the Germans the General knows every detail of the D-Day operation, and so the British decide to rescue the General to prevent these details coming out during any interrogation.
A commando team is ordered to rescue him, with Major John Smith leading them.
Within this team, there is an American Ranger (Lieutenant Schaffer) who is baffled as to why he is included in this operation when it is a British operation.
Following the death of one of the commando team members, Schaffer begins to suspect that this mission has an objective far more secret than he’s been led to believe.
Facts & Figures
During the first year of release, this movie took $6,560,000 worth of rentals in the box offices of North America.
It was number 7 in the list of most popular movies at box offices in the UK in 1969.
It was number 13 in the list of most popular movies at box offices in the US.
Within the movie, the total body count is 100.
Clint Eastwood’s character kills more people within this movie than any other movie he’s played in.
‘Where Stuntmen Dared’ is the name that Clint Eastwood referred to the movie as.
The scenes shot in Schloss Adler had to be done elsewhere, due to the castle being used as a camp for police in training. They utilized Schloss Hohenwerfen instead, in Austria. There were no cable cars at this location, unlike Schloss Adler, so some scenes had to be filmed elsewhere.
The location Schloss Hohenwerfen is open to the public, and if you visit you’ll see it is falconry. You may recognize the exterior of the building and the courtyard from the movie.
The actor playing Major Von Harper, Derren Nesbitt, was almost blinded when the squibs held within his chest piece blew upwards instead of outwards during his death scene.
His character was meant to be shot in the chest, and head but the movie only depicts the head shot.
The aircraft, Junkers Ju52, used within the movie were still in daily use by the Swiss Army; this army also provided T-6 trainers, who posed as German fighters.
In a UK survey, taken by Channel 4, that asked for the top 100 War movies, Steven Spielberg stated this was his favorite.
This movie contains approximately 1472 edits within 151 minutes of actual action. This means the average shot length was 6 seconds.
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