Cast: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark, Michael Hordern, Donald Houston
Directed by: Brian G. Hutton
Director of Photography: Arthur Ibbetson BSC in SUPERPANAVISION 70MM
Year of Shootings: 1968
Year of Visiting Locations: April 2006 / August 2008
Visited Shooting Locations: Werfen, Austria, Europe / Lofer, Austria, Europe / Castle Hohenwerfen, Werfen, Austria, Europe
Ebensee, Austria, Europe / Aigen im Ennstal, Steiermark, Austria, Europe






Shooting Location: Werfen, Salzburg, Austria, Europe.


These contemporary photographs of the location were shot by me in April 2006, 38 years after filming.


The screenplay and the subsequent best-selling novel were written at more or less the same time by Alistair MacLean; it was his first of several screenwriting efforts that he would take on. Both film and novel are often considered classics.


The title is taken from Act I, Scene III in William Shakespeare's Richard III: "The world is grown so bad, that wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch".


The Junkers Ju 52 used in the film was still in use with the Swiss air force at the time. The Swiss also supplied the T-6 Texan trainers posing as "German fighters".



The Train Central Station today in "Werfen".


The charming setting of Werfen has also impressed Hollywood producers. In 1964 the "Sound of Music" was filmed here with Julie Christie at the Gschwandtanger.



It cames from that hill...


After the success of The Guns of Navarone, Alastair MacLean was commissioned to write this original screenplay.



A famouse corner at the Train Station in "Werfen", Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton were here!



The Train Station today in Werfen.


There are a number of excursions and mountain walks to be made from Werfen. In winter the Salzburg ski slopes are readily accessible.



The driving force behind the film was Richard Burton's son, who wanted to see his father in a good old-fashioned adventure movie. Burton approached producer Elliott Kastner for ideas, who asked Alistair MacLean. At that time, most of MacLean's novels had either been made into films, or were in the process of being filmed. Kastner persuaded MacLean to write a new story. Six weeks later, MacLean delivered the script.



The train station today, the building was remodeled over all the years.


Alistair MacLean wrote the script, which was later converted into novel. For this reason the movie follows the book faithfully.




The Bridge were under construction at my visit but I have visit the Location in August 2008 again!.

Relatively unknown director Brian G. Hutton was tapped to steer the picture from script to screen. One of producer Elliot Kastner's duties was to secure permission to shoot in Schloss Hohenwerfen, a famous 11th-century castle in Austria nestled on a peak in the Alps. The 300 plus production team arrived on location in Salzburg, Austria at the beginning of January 1968. Production began amid the dangers of blizzards, subzero temperatures, unpredictable high winds, slippery roads, avalanches, and treacherous stuntwork. Once the location shooting was finished five months later, the production wrapped principle photography at the Elstree-based MGM British studios, which closed shortly thereafter due to financial reasons. In the end, the personal risks paid off well at the box office as Where Eagles Dare was a huge popular hit with audiences after the March 1969 national release. Critics responded enthusiastically as well. In a December 11, 1968 review, Variety wrote that "Where Eagles Dare is so good for its genre that one must go back to The Great Escape (1963) for a worthy comparison.



The Town "Wefen" in the movie, was shot at three different locations: Werfen, Lofer and Ebensee.

The village of Werfen is seen in perennial favourite The Sound of Music, while Burg Hohenwerfen itself recently turned up as the 'German’ hotel in the 2003 Ashton Kutcher-Brittany Murphy comedy Just Married.





Kenneth Griffith was first intended for the Peter Barkworth role.


During World War II, American General George Carnaby, with full knowledge of the forthcoming D-Day landings in Normandy, is captured when his plane is shot down. A special team of mainly British commandos is hurriedly assembled and briefed by Colonel Wyatt Turner and Admiral Rolland of MI6. It is led by Major John Smith and US Army Ranger Lieutenant Morris Schaffer and their mission is to parachute into Germany, somehow infiltrate the castle known as the Schloss Adler (The Castle of the Eagles - hence the title of the story), the headquarters of the German Secret Service in Southern Bavaria, where the General is being held and either rescue or kill him. Known only by Smith, they are accompanied on the plane by a British female agent, Mary Elison. Soon after they arrive in Bavaria, however, it becomes apparent that things are not as they seem and there is an ulterior purpose to the mission.


Although the film has a PG certificate, it has the highest body count of any of Clint's films.


Maggie gave birth to Clint's son Kyle four days before shooting ended in May 1968.


"Broadsword calling Danny Boy"!

A lot of the enjoyment of the film is derived from its sheer excess. The location itself, a huge gothic fortress towering above snow-capped mountains and reachable only via cable car, has a superb atmosphere of its own, and Arthur Ibbetson's Anamorphic Panavision photography frames it beautifully.



This location have changed over the years.

An accident during one of the action scenes left producer Elliott Kastner and director Brian G. Hutton badly burnt. Similarly, the studio was unimpressed by Clint buying himself a Norton motorbike and racing it round the Brand's Hatch race circuit.




Shooting Location: Castle Hohenwerfen in Werfen, Salzburg, Austria, Europe.


These contemporary photographs of the location were shot by me in April 2006, 38 years after filming.


The "Schloss Adler" is actually the "Festung Hohenwerfen" in Austria. At the time of filming, the castle was being used as a police training camp. There are no cable cars near Schloss Hohenwerfen. The Cable Car shooting is done in Ebensee, Salzburg, Austria.


The castle towers above the Salzach Valley as a strategic fortress on a 155 meter high prominent rock formation approximately 40 km south of the town Salzburg. Majestically the castle is surrounded by the powerful courses of the Tennen and Hagen Mountains. The fortress is an affiliated castle to the fortress Hohensalzburg and also goes back to the 11th Century.




In 1938 the castle changed into the possession of the Salzburg district and was used as training centre by the Austrian State Police until 1987. Over the course of the centuries it was converted and extended several times.

For many centuries Hohenwerfen served as a prison. Even rulers such as archbishop Adalbert III. (1198), count Albert of Friesach (1253), the Styrian governor Siegmund (1525) and archbishop Wolf Dietrich of Raitenau (1611) were kept prisoners in this fortress. Today the castle presents itself as genuine "adventure castle" with numerous events.


The sequence showing Clint Eastwood looking at the Schloss Adler through binoculars as Richard Burton approaches from behind has one strange peculiarity. Eastwood's hands are not holding the binoculars.

This film is the subject of an Iron Maiden song of the same name, from their album Piece of Mind.



The inside of the castle "Hohenwerfen".

Major Smith: "Lieutenant, in the next 15 minutes we have to create enough confusion to get out of here alive."

Lieutenant Schaffer: "Major, right now you got me about as confused as I ever hope to be."



Beautiful view from inside the castel.

Focke Wulf Schnellflugzeug - Germany did have helicopters in service during WWII, although the one in the film is actually a
Bell 47.




The main place inside the castle.


Co-star Clint Eastwood referred to this movie as
"Where Stuntmen Dared."


Despite Eastwood's reputation for violence in other films, his character kills more people in this film than any other Eastwood character.

Richard Burton is absolutely cunning as the British agent who leads an elite group of soldiers behind enemy lines and into a seemingly unpenetrable German castle to rescue an imprisoned American General. A young Clint Eastwood is the only American on the mission. Clint is his usual cool and calm self. However he, like the audience, isn't sure who to trust. Somebody's a double agent, but exactly who is anyone's guess. Don't worry about figuring it out, just sit back and enjoy the drama. You'll love the growing tension and suspicion between Burton and Eastwood.



Quite simply one of the greatest war movies ever made. A top notch thriller loaded with action, espionage and double crosses, "Where Eagles Dare" is the kind of movie that Hollywood just doesn't make anymore. This isn't some politically correct drama steeped in reality. No, this is good guys vs. bad guys. This is pure unabashed fantasy which keeps the audience on the edge of its seat. This is just darn good entertainment!



A lost agent, take a little sunshine...
The journey into the castle is classic heart-stopping drama. Even better is Burton's fight with a German soldier high atop a ski lift -- truly one of the most riveting action sequences ever filmed. Bullets are flyin' and bombs are blastin' throughout. In the end, heroes emerge while evil perpetrators get their just due. Classic, absolutely classic!




The main entrance in to the castle.

Clint Eastwood was reluctant to receive second billing to Burton, but agreed after being paid $800,000.



The driving force behind the film was Richard Burton's stepson, who wanted to see his stepfather in a good old-fashioned adventure movie. Burton approached producer Elliott Kastner for ideas, who asked Alistair MacLean. At that time, most of MacLean's novels had either been made into films, or were in the process of being filmed. Kastner persuaded MacLean to write a new story. Six weeks later, MacLean delivered the script.



In a recent Channel 4 (UK) survey of the top 100 war movies Steven Spielberg voted this as his favorite. Mainly down to its sheer "boys own" factor of unreality. He even went so far as to repeat the "Broadsword calling Danny Boy" line.



"Where Eagles Dare" has a lot going for it; a fantastic screenplay by Alistair MacLean, great performances by Eastwood and Richard Burton,& a superb score by Ron Goodwin. It's one of the best "impossible mission" films ever done; loaded with suspense, derring do, thrills and fantastic action.




Fans of the book/movie sometimes utter the phrase, "Broadsword calling Danny Boy", in a room full of strangers, to secretly identify themselves as fans (Broadsword and Danny Boy were radio call-signs used in Where Eagles Dare).



Eastwood referred to the film as "Where Doubles Dare" given the number of stunts and stuntmen that were required.

In the French-language dubbing of the film, all the German spoken parts are taken from the German dubbed version. This includes parts of Burton's and Eastwood's characters speaking German, fixing some plot holes. All the other parts are in French.




Beautiful view over Werfen. In the background you see the bridge over the river "Salzach". The scenes at the train station and bridge was filmed there. In the town "Werfen" itself, no scenes were filmed. The filmcrew used the town of "Lofer" near "Werfen" for shooting.


The historic market town of Werfen is located in the heart of the SalzburgerLand, nestled amid a wild and romantic Alpine world between the Hochkönig and Tennengebirge mountains.


Its most famous attractions are the Giant Ice Caves - the largest ice caves discovered in the world to date - and the town's emblem, the imposing Hohenwerfen Fortress.


Because of its central location within the Tennengebirge Region, Werfen represents an ideal base from which to head out to a large selection of nearby sights and attractions.



In Where Eagles Dare, they are far from a monolithc block, with loyalties, disputes and conflicts of their own. We learn a little bit about the Germans before they die, and the character development becomes important during the pivotal dining room scene.




The castel have no cable car in real.


Some scenes with the castel and cable car were filmed on a model in the MGM Studio in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England. Many real sequences of the cable car were filmed in Ebensee, Austria.


Elliott Kastner was one of the first American producers to exploit the financial advantages of filming in Europe, and asked Maclean to come up with an idea for a second world war story. A film was quickly set up, with Maclean also writing the screenplay.

Kastner, however, felt Maclean's draft was too long, and the US director he had hired, Brian G Hutton (b1935), cut the running time significantly. Richard Burton, anxious for a hit film to restore his commercial credibility, was Maclean's choice for the lead; Clint Eastwood, a star after Sergio Leone's Fistful of Dollars trilogy (1964-66), took the support role.



The castel at night in Werfen.


Alistair MacLean is rightfully considered a master of WWII and espionage thrillers and he certainly has wrought a complex, often confusing, plot in this rescue mission in the Alps.



Eight Allied Agents sneak behind enemy lines -- seven men & one women...their mission: to retrieve a General.


Richard Burton wanted Richard Egan to play the
Clint Eastwood role.




In the scenes where Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood climb the step fortress walls, Burton moves with ease, while Eastwood 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.


Joe d'Amato stole footage from this film for use in his movie Ator l'invincibile 2 (also known as Blademaster or Cave Dwellers). The footage can be seen during Ator l'invincibile 2's infamous hang glider scenes.

Where Eagles Dare and Guns of Navarone have identical plots; the "MacLean Formula" used in both is as follows: impregnable fortress which requires a commando team to be sent in; one of the team is not what he/she seems; betrayal in a public place; barricade a door for the getaway; mountain climbing; escape by jumping into water; good guys win amazingly, all these contrivances work perfectly.



Shooting Location: Ebensee, Austria, Europe.


These contemporary photographs of the location were shot by me in April 2008, 40 years after filming.



The following scenes scenes were filmed at the Feuerkogel Cable Car in Ebensee.

This is one film in which Clint Eastwood is not top-billed.



Ebensee is surrounded by three picturesque lakes, the Traunsee, the Langbathsee, and Offensee. The Traunsee is large enough to be used for boating, but the other two lakes are smaller, surrounded by mountains, and used only for bathing; both are protected natural areas. Another tourist attraction is a small skiing area, with about ten lifts, on the Feuerkogel.



Clint Eastwood does have a reputation for being violent in movies, his character in Where Eagles Dare is no exceptionbut, as he kills more people than any other of his characters on film, except one.



Despite the the big use of "Night Scenes" towards the end of the film. None of these were filmed at night! A blue filter was placed over the lens of the camera to make it look like night. On some shots you can clearly see the sun reflecting off the vehicles aswell as shadows from the trees.



The cable car is a shuttle - 2 rope cable railway. The drive is situated in the top terminal. The base terminal of the cable car is on a sea level of 475 m and the top terminal is situated on a sea level of 1.584m. The capacity per run is 37 persons. The highest speed of the cable car is 12 meters per second this is a running time of 5,5 minutes.



The TV cartoon, Animaniacs, parodied Where Eagles Dare, using Pinky and the Brain as principal characters.

The capacity of the two cable cars was 16 persons to start with and then in 1930 increased to 18 and from 1946 for 25 persons. The transportation capacity was 125 persons per hour.



An extension of the system in 1955 enabled a speed of 6.2 meters per second.

In 1985, after 58 accident free years, the cable car was modernized and now has a capacity of 377 persons per hour and a speed of 12 meters per second.



Cable Car - Feuerkogel Seilbahn at Ebensee (Austria);
filmed in January 1968.

The ambient/orchestral composer, Schloss Adler, took his name from the castle in the film.



Already at the ramp with the Feuerkogel cable car you enjoy a breathtaking view over Ebensee, the lake Traunsee and the Salzkammergut with its beautiful mountains.



Another great shot, this scene is a combination of real footage with matte paintings.

These are the credits as they appear at the end of the movie. There are a number of differences between the characters' names in the film and the novel.



Joe d'Amato stole footage from this film for use in his movie Ator l'invincibile 2 (also known as Blademaster or Cave Dwellers). The footage can be seen during Ator l'invincibile 2's infamous hang glider scenes. When Cave Dwellers was used on the television show Mystery Science Theater 3000, the stolen footage is noted by Crow.



Having been refused to hang off from a cablecar in Austria, Clint Eastwood occasionally referred to the film as "Where Doubles Dare". "Doubles" as in body double/stunt double. Eastwood liked to do his own stunts but the studio wouldn't let him. Similarly, the studio was unimpressed by Eastwood buying himself a Norton motorcycle and racing it round the Brand's Hatch race circuit...



The old cable car mast still existing today.

In the year 2007 the Feuerkogel cable car will celebrate its 80th birthday. The oldest cable car in Austria and one of the oldest in Europe.



The old original Cable Car. Maybe Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton was in that Cabin...


Steven Spielberg has said this is among his favourite war movies, even quoting the Broadsword calling Danny Boy line.



Today is a little Exhibition inside the Car about the history of the Feuerkogel Cable Car.

Clint Eastwood wears his War Merit Cross first class with swords upside down.

Each bomb carries 11 dynamites.



The new Cable Car today!

The film made a profit of $7,100,000.00.

This is a favourite movie of director Quentin Tarantino; he has said that he'd like to re-make it.



Shooting Location: Lofer, Salzburg, Austria, Europe.


These contemporary photographs of the location were shot by me in April 2006, 38 years after filming.



Frozen in Time: The famous market place in Lofer, Austria.

Lofer is a market town in the Pinzgau region of Salzburg (state) in Austria. It is located in the valley of the Saalach river, at an elevation of 626 m above sea level. As of 2001, Lofer had a population of 1,943. European route E641, which connects Wörgl with Salzburg, passes through Lofer.



These pictures of the location were shot by me in April 2006. The building looks the same as it did in the movie.


Clint dubbed the film "Where Doubles Dare" after not being allowed to dangle off a cable car in Austria.




"Zum Wilden Hirsch" (To the wild Deer) in Lofer is in real a Hotel named: "Haus Egger".


The intricate plot is fast paced, with good direction by Brian Hutton, and the soundtrack by Ron Goodwin is rousing and intense, and one of the main reasons this film is thrilling, as it really drives the action scenes. The cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson of the Alpine scenery is spectacular, and was shot on location near Salzburg, Austria, in and around the fortress of Scloss Hohenwerfen.

The film was a huge commercial success in its theatrical release, and has gained almost cult status over the years. Comparisons can be made with the 1967 "The Dirty Dozen", which has the similar premise of infiltrating Nazi territory, using German uniforms, though "Where Eagles Dare" doesn't have the broad humor of the '67 film. Two handsome superstars and lots of action make this worth watching for anyone who likes wartime films with the good vs. evil battle for life.




Frozen in Time: The market place and the church in Lofer.

A very beautiful place in Lofer!



With Alistair Maclean heavily involved, and the screenplay already in his mind while he wrote the novel, the final film version conforms closely to the original. Only peripheral details are sacrificed, such as Schaffer's romance with undercover barmaid Heidi.



Never has any World War II fictional movie been as suspenseful as those based from the novels of Alistair MacLean where it involves espionage and daring life at risk attempts such as "The Guns of Navarone", "Force Ten from Navarone" and "Where Eagles Dare". All of these MacLean novels fit the criteria where one would wonder "what will happen next?"



Beautiful view over the Austrian alps.

The locations and cinematography are gorgeous, though, and if you like this kind of espionage film, you'll probably like "Where Eagles Dare".



Shooting Location:
Aigen im Ennstal, Steiermark, Austria, Europe.

These contemporary photographs of the location were shot by me in April 2008, 40 years after filming!



Airport Scenes - Flugplatz Aigen im Ennstal (Austria);
filmed in early 1968.

Aigen im Ennstal is a municipality in the district of Liezen in Styria, Austria.



"Oberhausen Airfield" in the picture is the Austrian Aigen/Ennstal military airfield. The exact place of filming is the "Fiala-Fernbrugg" garrison, which is still intact and used by HS Geschwader 2 and FlAR2/3rd Bat. of the Austrian army. The gage where the bus breaks through the fence, has actually never been the maingate - just a small entrance for the personnel.



The small entrance to the air-field.

Eastwood has his most numerous body count in this movie.

The film is the inspiration of a few third-party maps in the popular free multiplayer computer game by id Software and Activision called Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory.



The big rocky mountain in the background (while the take-off is seen from the back) is the Grimming mountains, about 40km east from the "Dachstein", or about 80 km east and 10km South from Werfen.



During filming, Eastwood referred to this movie as "Where Doubles Dare", because of the number of stunts and stuntmen required.

Electronica artist Tomcraft collaborated with Bloodhound Gang's Jimmy Pop on song titled "Broadsword Calling Danny Boy."



This film is the subject of an Iron Maiden song, also of the same name. It is the opening track of their album Piece of Mind. On the concert album A Real Live Dead One, Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson introduces the song saying "Wherever the problem is, Clint Eastwood is gonna fix it ... 'Where Eagles Dare'!!!"





Car Parking at the entrance to the air-field.

The call-sign "Broadsword calling Danny Boy," as spoken by Burton, is sampled several times in the song "Bad Attitude" on the album Blue Rock by The Cross, a group founded by and featuring Roger Taylor, Queen's drummer.


The JU52 used for the movie was one of three used by the Swiss Air Force until the 1980's for army parachute training.

The plane was hired out, resprayed and caused quite a comotion among older Austrians when flying over Salzburg in old paintwork and with swastikas!

One of the three JU52 crash landed in the 80's at Dübendorf Airfield near Zurich. Not sure if it was recommissioned.

The other two planes where taken over by a private company (Classic Air, Dübendorf?) that offer flights over the alps in the JU's for a horrendous price. I think they are booked out 1-2 years in advance. The Ju-52 used in the movie had the civillian code of HB-HOT. The code is visible under the horizontal tail planes and will be easy to see in the opening scenes of the film.

HB-HOT is indeed SWISS. HB-HOT is now coded A-702 and is still flying today as one of the stable of JU-52s flown by Ju-Air.

Website about the Swiss Air Force Center Dübendorf.


Of all the film locations I visited, the film locations for this movie, were the most interesting ones for me. (Many thanks to Daniel).





Biography in memoriam of Alistair Maclean:

The Author: Alistair Maclean (1922-1987) was the son of a minister in the Scottish Highlands, and saw active service in the second world war in the Royal Navy. He became a schoolteacher, but won a short story competition in 1954 that encouraged him to put his war experiences into a novel. HMS Ulysses (1955) was the result, and was an immediate success, allowing Maclean to become a full-time writer. More war novels followed, notably The Guns of Navarone (1957), and Maclean moved to Switzerland in 1957 to escape UK tax laws. In the 1960s, he turned to espionage, writing The Dark Crusader (1961) and The Satan Bug (1962) under the pseudonym Ian Stuart. With a string of successful film adaptations boosting his name, Maclean's sales flourished in the 1960s, though he briefly retired from writing in 1963 to become a hotelier. Where Eagles Dare (1967) marked a return to his favourite second world war territory. As he struggled with alcoholism in the 1970s, Maclean's popularity began to wane, and his novels began to recycle old ideas. He died after a stroke in Munich in 02/02/1987.
Burial:
Protestant Churchyard Celigny, Canton Vaud, Switzerland

Biography in memoriam of Richard Burton:

Probably more frequently remembered for his turbulent personal life and multiple marriages, however Richard Burton was truly one of the great UK actors of the post WW2 period. The young Richard Jenkins was the son of a Welsh coal miner, and he received a scholarship to Oxford University to study acting and made his first stage appearance in the early 1940s.

His first film appearances were in non-descript movies such as Last Days Of Dolwyn, The (1949), Waterfront Women and Green Grow the Rushes (1950). Then he started to get noticed by producers and audiences with his lead in My Cousin Rachel Robe, The (1953) and Alexander The Great (1956), added to this he was also spending considerable time in stage productions, both in the UK and USA, often to splendid reviews.

The late 1950s was an exciting & inventive time in UK cinema, often referred to as the "British New Wave", and Burton was right in the thick of things, and showcased a sensational performance in Look Back In Anger (1959). He also appeared with a cavalcade of international stars in the WW2 magnum opus The Longest Day, and then onto arguably his most "notorious" role as that of "Marc Antony" opposite Elizabeth Taylor in the hugely expensive Cleopatra.

This was, of course, the film that kick started their fiery and passionate romance (plus two marriages), and the two of them appeared in several productions over the next few years including V.I.P.'s, The (1963), The Sandpiper, the dynamic Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966) and The Taming of the Shrew. However, Burton was often better when he was off on his own giving higher caliber performances, such as those in Becket, the brilliant thriller The Spy Who Came In from the Cold and alongside Clint Eastwood in the actioner Where Eagles Dare.

His audience appeal began to decline somewhat during the early 1970s as fans turned to younger, more virile male stars, however Burton was superb in Anne of the Thousand Days, he put on a reasonable show in Raid on Rommel, was over the top in Bluebeard, and wildly miscast in the ludicrous The Assassination of Trotsky.

By 1975, quality male lead roles were definitely going to other stars, and Burton found himself appearing in some movies of dubious quality, just to pay the bills, including The Klansman, Exorcist II: The Heretic and The Medusa Touch. However in 1978, he appeared with fellow UK acting icons Richard Harris and Roger Moore in The Wild Geese about mercenaries in South Africa, and whilst the film had a modest initial run, over the past twenty five years it has picked up quite a cult following!

His two last great performances were as the sinister "O'Brien" in Nineteen Eighty-Four, and in the TV mini series "Ellis Island" (1984). He passed away on August 5th, 1984 in Celigny, Switzerland from a cerebral hemorrhage.

The movie was, perhaps, a little too modern for its time. The helicopter, in reality, was planned and under development around the time of World War II in America by Igor Sikorsky, but was not put into use until sometime before the Korean War. The downside of the movie was that of a Gestapo chief, Major Von Hapen (Derren Nesbitt), wearing a black SS Schutzstaffel uniform when, in reality, the Gestapo was a civilian organization.

These were made up of agents that did not wear armbands or uniforms since they had to secretly spy on the general public throughout Nazi Germany and occupied countries under their control. The upside of the movie was the mind-boggling by Major Smith shortly after he and Lieutenant Schaffer confront the "general's" captors and British double agents while they were questioning him.

One would have to watch the movie more than once in order to understand this segment of the plot. The fight scene on the cable car was also exciting to watch as was the destruction of the Schloss Adler while the daring escape took place.

Alistair Maclean wrote the novel and screenplay of Where Eagles Dare at the same time. In effect it was commissioned by Richard Burton, who wanted to make a "boy's own" type adventure film that he could take his son to see. The book and screenplay differ markedly in that, in the book, Smith and Schaffer at times go out of their way not to kill anyone, whereas in the film they basically shoot anything that moves. In fact, the film contains Clint Eastwood's highest on-screen body count. Also, in the book, Schaffer is considerably more talkative than Eastwood's version!



" Do me a favor, will you? Next time you have one of these things, keep it an all-British operation. "
Lt. Morris Schaffer played by Clint Eastwood



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