WHERE EAGLES DARE (1968) C widescreen 156m dir: Brian G. Hutton
w/Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark, Michael Hordern, Donald Houston, Peter Barkworth, Robert Beatty, William Squire, Derren Nesbitt
Adventure yarn about a dangerous mission during WWII. Agents Burton and Eastwood attempt to free an important American officer being held prisoner in a supposedly escape-proof prison.
From Variety's review of the film: "Alistair MacLean wrote an original screenplay that was treated with respect for the writer's unusual abilities as a master of actionful suspense. The resulting film is highly entertaining, thrilling and rarely lets down for a moment. ...
"Although the film is replete with killings and explosions, they're so integrated into the story that they never appear overdone. It's more of a saga of cool, calculated courage, than any glorification of war. Burton never treats his role, though full of clichés, as anything less than Hamlet. Eastwood seems rather wooden in the early scenes, but snaps out of it when action starts piling up."