Small unit of commandos is dropped in the Alps, where they have to infiltrate the castle on the top of a mountain. Their mission seems to be impossible to fulfil, but British intelligence selected their best men for the job.
During World War 2 British Major John Smith is given a task of infiltrating the castle deep behind the enemy lines. American general George Carnaby, one of the main planners of upcoming Allied invasion of Europe, was returning from Crete when his plane was shot down over Bavaria. From data available for British intelligence he survived and was taken to place called Adler Schloss (Castle of the Eagles) - a heavily guarded castle set upon a high mountain with cable car as the single way to reach the walls. Smith is given a team of veteran commandos to fulfill this vital mission of rescuing the general or at least stopping him from passing the informations to the Nazis. During the night commandos land high in the Alps of Bavaria, where they are suppose to mix within the troops that are located in nearby village. But one of the Smith’s men ends up dead after reaching the ground and Major is convinced that it wasn’t accident. From that point he begins to suspect that there is a mole in his group...
Thriller based on famous Alistair MacLean novel that describes a special operation deep behind enemy lines. It is a very good movie based on a very good novel and as usual in Alistair MacLean stories not everything is what is seems and together with the main characters we unveil the layer after layer of the true story. Great cast that involves Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton plus gripping story and the atmosphere of the danger set up one of the best pieces of entertainment surrounding World War 2. Of course the realism and historical accuracy are impossible to achieve in such adventure fiction, but apart from that it is an excellent war movie.
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Where Eagles Dare
The novel Where Eagles Dare was actually written for the movie - Richard Burton approached producer Elliott Kastner looking for a superhero-like character that he would play. Kastner knew that Alistair MacLean was at that point the best author to provide an adventure script that would fit what Burton was looking for, but all the MacLean novels were already turned into movies or were in the process of being filmed. He persuaded MacLean to write something new and after six weeks writer presented him with Where Eagles Dare.
British commandos unit on the mission in Norway to gather informations about German radar installations. Story based on real events that involved famous author Ian Fleming.