Saturday, July 16, 2016

Also In The Business of Killing Nazis, or Thoughts on Richard Burton in Where Eagles Dare

Let’s talk a bit about my all time favorite war movie, Where Eagles Dare (1968) by Director Brian G. Hutton of Kelly’s Heroes (1970, with Clint Eastwood).  Master thespian and Welsh actor Richard Burton plays Major “Smith”, an OSS agent (radio call sign “Broadsword”) in perhaps his greatest and most memorable action movie.  Along with Clint Eastwood as Army Ranger Lt. Schaffer, their mission is to infiltrate and rescue a high-ranking Allied officer from Schloss Adler, literally Castle Eagle, in Bavaria.  The radio operator is immediately killed during the nighttime parachute landing in the snow; leading to the conclusion that one (or more) of the team is working for the other side.
Where Eagles Dare is a straightforward WWII movie with no larger moral or political ramifications, just good guys shooting bad guys, and actual, movie crew-threatening explosions.  Watch out for the vertigo inducing cable car fight, high in the Bavarian Alps.  Note the pitch-perfect soundtrack by Ron Goodwin and, screenplay by Alistair MacLean of Ice Station Zebra (1968).
With Scottish actress Mary Ure as an undercover M1-6 agent who’s quite handy with a machine gun, for a lady in an all-male 60’s war movie, and Scream Queen Ingrid Pitt as Heidi Schmidt, as (what else) a sexy German spy.  You have seen Ingrid Pitt in The Wicker Man (1973), The Vampire Lovers (1970), Countess Dracula (1971), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), and Octopussy (1983).

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