When the Nazi high command learns in late 1943 that Winston Churchill will be spending time at a country estate in Norfolk, it hatches an audacious scheme to kidnap the prime minister and spirit him to Germany for enforced negotiations with Hitler.
|Release Date||:||December 24, 1976|
|Genres||:||Adventure, Drama, Action, Thriller, War|
|Production Company||:||ITC Entertainment, Associated General Films|
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom|
|Writers||:||Tom Mankiewicz, Jack Higgins|
|Casts||:||Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter, Donald Pleasence, Anthony Quayle, Jean Marsh, Sven-Bertil Taube, John Standing, Judy Geeson, Treat Williams, Larry Hagman, Alexei Jawdokimov, Michael Byrne, Joachim Hansen, Maurice Roeves, David Gilliam, Jeff Conaway|
|Plot Keywords||:||england, world war ii, nazis, adolf hitler, winston churchill, benito mussolini, nazi germany|
After Mussolini's valiant rescue by Scorzeny, the Furher Hitler orders Winston Churchill can be kidnapped and taken to Germany and assigns Admiral Wilhelm Canaris(Anthony Quayle) to make a viability plot. Lieutenant Colonel (Robert Duvall)in charge schemes an intelligent plan and reports to Himmler(Donald Pleasance). He commissions an Irish(Donald Sutherland), English hating, and a German officer named Steiner(Michael Caine) and his parachute equipment. Steiner is imprisoned for confronting about rounding up Jews . His mission concerns pose as Polish soldiers on a training maneuver in a small British town where live simple citizens, as a beautiful young girl (Jenny Agutter), a spinster(Jean Marsh) and the parish priest(John Standing), among others. When the Prime Minister Winston Churchill appear, the infiltrators bent on abducting him. But near encounter an American detachment, commanded by a colonel(Larry Hagman) and a captain(Treat Williams).
This memorable WWII action movie displays suspense, thrills, drama, shootouts and spectacular scenes. Based on Jack Higgings' best-seller novel with an interesting screenplay by Tom Mankiewicz, though weak on the silly relationship between Donald Sutherland and Jenny Agutter. Large casting with good performances, as a first rate acting for Michael Caine and Robert Duvall. Excellent plethora of secondaries actors,Anthony Quayle, Judy Geeson, John Standing and Treat Williams film debut. The film belongs the warlike commandos genre which in the 60s and 70s achieved splendor, as the picture takes parts, here and there from : ¨When the eagles dare(Brian G Hutton), Dirty dozen(Robert Aldrich) and Kelly's heroes(Brian G Hutton)¨. Sensible and fitting to action musical score by Lalo Schifrin and atmospheric cinematography by Anthony Richmond. The motion picture is well directed thanks capable hands of filmmaker John Sturges. He's a warlike genre expert(Great escape, Never so few) and Western master(Gunfight OK Corral,Last train of Gun Hill,The law and Jake Wade). Well worth seeing, the movie will like to Michael Caine, Robert Duvall fans.