Where Eagles Dare

Synopsis: During WW2 a British aircraft is shot down and crashes in Nazi held territory. The Germans capture the only survivor, an American General, and take him to the nearest SS headquarters. Unknown to the Germans the General has full knowledge of the D-Day operation. The British decide that the General must not be allowed to divulge any details of the Normandy landing at all cost and order Major John Smith to lead a crack commando team to rescue him. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Schaffer, who is puzzled by his inclusion in an all British operation. When one of the team dies after the parachute drop, Schaffer suspects that Smith's mission has a much more secret objective.
Genre: Action, Adventure, War
Director(s): Brian G. Hutton
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
158 min


All ready here, sir. Crew standing by

and awaiting your word. Over.

Right. Over and out.


Our man was brought down

at 2 a.m. this morning.

SHAEF, in their all-knowing wisdom,

didn't let us know until 10 a.m.

Damned idiots.

Damned idiots for not letting us know.

DoubIe damned idiots

for ignoring our advice in the first place.

Anyway, here he is...

...in a town called Werfen...

...at the Schloss AdIer,

the Castle ofthe Eagles.

And believe me, it's well-named,

because only an eagle can get to it.

Ourjob is to get inside there

and get him out as soon as possible...

...before they can

get the information from him.

How are you so sure that he's there, sir?

The Mosquito he was in

crash-landed only 10 miles away.

The Schloss Adler is the headquarters ofthe

German secret service in southern Bavaria.

Where eIse would they take him?

-How did the plane crash, sir?

-Through the most damnable ill luck.

We carried out a saturation raid

on Nuremberg last night.

There shouldn't have been a German fighter

within 100 miles ofthe Austrian border.

A wandering Messerschmitt patrol

got him.

Anyway, that's not important.

What is important is that

we get him out before he talks.

Or I should say, you get him out.

What about paratroops, sir?

The Schloss Adler

is inaccessible and impregnable.

It would require a battalion

of paratroops to take it.

We haven't got the time.

SteaIth and secrecy are our only hope...

...and you gentlemen are,

I trust, stealthy and secretive.

We realize of course that you've never

worked together before as a team...

...but you're familiarwith one another,

except for Lieutenant Schaffer here.

You probably noticed

that Lieutenant Schaffer...

...wears the shoulderflashes

ofthe American Ranger division.

I think that speaks for itself.

Major Smith wiIl lead the group in.

Now, you're alI expert

at survival behind enemy lines.

Smith, Lieutenant Schaffer...

...Sergeants Harrod and MacPherson

in their military capacities...

...the rest ofyou in other duties.

You all speak fluent German.

You've been trained

in different types of combat.

If anybody has a chance

of getting him out, you have.

There is, of course, another way, sir.

A way with a 100 percent guarantee

of success.

NeitherAdmiral Rolland or I

claim to be omniscient or infallible.

Is there an alternative that we've missed?

Whistle up a pathfinder squadron

of Lancasters with 10-ton bombs.

I don't think anybody in that castle

would ever talk again.

Nor do I think that you grasp

the realities ofthe situation.

The captured man, General Carnaby,

is an American.

Ifwe were to destroy him,

then l think General Eisenhower...

...might launch his second front against us

rather than against the Germans.

There are certain niceties to be observed

in our relationship with our allies.

Very well, then, gentlemen.

Ten o'clock tonight at the airfield.

-No more questions, I take it?

-Yes, sir.

Begging the colonel's pardon, sir.

What's aIl this about?

I mean, why is this man

so damned important?

-Why should--?

-That'll do, sergeant.

You have alI the information you require.

I think ifwe're sending a man

to what may be his death...

...he has a right to know why.

It's painfully simple, sergeant.

General Carnaby is one

ofthe overall coordinators...

...of planning for the second front.

He set out last night to meet

his opposite numbers in the Middle East...

...to finalize the plans

for the invasion of Europe.

The rendezvous with the Russians

was to have been in Crete.

Now, unfortunately, his plane

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Alistair MacLean

Alistair Stuart MacLean (Scottish Gaelic: Alasdair MacGill-Eain; 21 April 1922 – 2 February 1987) was a Scottish novelist who wrote popular thrillers and adventure stories. His works include The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra and Where Eagles Dare – all three were made into popular films. He also wrote two novels under the pseudonym Ian Stuart. more…

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