Where Eagles Dare

Where Eagles Dare: in WWII a team of Britain’s top agents – accompanied by an American – stage a raid on an ‘impenetrable’ Nazi fortress, but it’s never that simple. For an oldé movie (1968), this has more explosions than you could shake a stick of dynamite at, no vehicle is left uncrashed / unflipped, and the plot, in parts, is almost as hard to follow as Inception – it’s one of the few times where there’s a little too much of the good stuff. The action is great, and very well-directed – cable car stunts in particular are gripping, and Eastwood makes for a total bad-ass quiffed gun-slinging all-American action hero. Between the big set-pieces the pace can drag, and at over 2.5 hours it feels a little overlong. The acting is pretty solid for the genre, and the huge story, grand spectacle, and big names (Burton, Eastwood, Pitt…) really pull you through the laggy parts. This is a classic in every sense of the word: big actors, brilliant OST, gripping spy/espionage plot, stunning locations, a ton of stabbing, shooting and cleavage… even down to the corny stuff like rear projected driving background. Where Eagles Dare is decades ahead of its time; it’s the ‘turned up to 11′ kind of action movie that you rarely saw again until the 1980s. Over 40 years later, it’s still exciting to watch – they really don’t make ‘em like this anymore – big, timeless international, studio picture.

Score: 7/10

4 comments
  1. As an Eastwood fan, I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never seen this one. After reading your great review, I’ll make it a point to check it out.

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    • I’m not usually one for going ‘back in time’ and watching ancient films but it was one of he top rated in the IMDB “Action / Adventure” genre, so I just put it on Love FIlm and was pleasantly surprised. Great movie, well worth your time.

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  2. Smart review of a truly fantastic film. It reminds me that it has been too long since I last saw it. Love the soundtrack, it’s one that I listen to quite often.

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    • Never thought to get the OST, but it was as classic as the film. Good call! Will help the housework be done in double-time!

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