In 1944, an American General is shot down over a heavily defended
German fortress and imprisoned within. A rescue attempt is at once
launched by British Intelligence, since the General must be liberated
before being made to reveal Allied plans for an invasion of France. As
the mission unfolds, however, double and triple agents begin to appear
in the ranks of the rescue team with the added mystery of an American
Lieutenant assigned to the mission for reasons unknown.
Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton this 1968 WWII actioner flows in the
same veins as The Dirty Dozen and The Guns of Naverone. I remember this
being one of my favorites as a kid. It was fun to watch again years
later and seeing all those moments where I cringed. There is this
specific scene where Eastwood sticks a knife into the neck of an
unaware Nazi guard(a piece of it is in the trailer at the bottom). Gets
me every time.
The story and acting are classic. The twists and
turns of double agents and spying Frauleins are carried perfectly with
the contrasting characters played by Burton and Eastwood. Eastwood is
tall, lanky, and slow while Burton is short, stocky, with a fast
tongue, but both are smooth under Nazi pressure.
The length may
be a little intimidating but once sucked in behind enemy lines the
brilliant writer Alistair MacLean builds the story leaving the clock
unnoticed on the wall.