Where Eagles Dare 151755z Jan 12

Goatman

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#1
...is on ITV 4 (Freeview 24) TONIGHT at 1755.....' Broadsword calling Danny Boy,over'....
 
#3
Never got the ending, where the Colonel only finds out in the Junkers that Richard Burton had removed the firing pin in his sten before departing on the mission.

Are they really insinuating that pie-eating double agents didn't check fire their weapons before going over enemy (friendly) territory?

Up until that point it's a rivetting yarn and totally believable. Ruined by the denoument.....
 
#5
Wouldn't it be noticeable to remove a firing pin in a Sten? IIRC isn't it fixed to the bolt which is probably half the weight of the weapon.
 
#8
Was good film up to the point where the chopper enters. Now, I suppose its perfectly feasible that they had Helos in WWII, its just lost all its credibility for me then. It just didn't seem right.
 

Mr_Fingerz

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#9
Was good film up to the point where the chopper enters. Now, I suppose its perfectly feasible that they had Helos in WWII, its just lost all its credibility for me then. It just didn't seem right.
Well the font of all things accurate (wiki) lists some 26 helicopters or autogyros used by the Germans during WWII. So it's not beyond reason that such a craft wouldn't have been available to Eastwood and Burton's opposition.
 

Goatman

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#10
Was good film up to the point where the chopper enters. Now, I suppose its perfectly feasible that they had Helos in WWII, its just lost all its credibility for me then. It just didn't seem right.
Yup ....seems that both the Russkies and the Luftwaffe operated small (Bell Sioux!) bellypoppers from about 1944 onwards.......God I remember seeing that film at the Kinema with my old man ......rattlin good yarn thobut .....Clint has a certain way with bundles of dynamit nicht wahr ? :thumright: hee hee


Well ripe for a remake though !
 
#12
The very best thing about 'Where eagles dare' is that Richard Burton stated that when he had made the film, his family reckoned he had arrived as an actor; he had been in a film with that proper star Clint Eastwood!
 
#13
Never got the ending, where the Colonel only finds out in the Junkers that Richard Burton had removed the firing pin in his sten before departing on the mission.

Are they really insinuating that pie-eating double agents didn't check fire their weapons before going over enemy (friendly) territory?

Up until that point it's a rivetting yarn and totally believable. Ruined by the denoument.....
Admiral Rolland gives Colonel Wyatt the sten. There is an exchange of dialog where Smith reminds Wyatt that Rolland personally ensured he had the correct weapon.
 
#15
the thing that impressed me was when Burton unscrewed a light bulb in the cable car WITH HIS BARE HAND!!!!
That is one hard bastard.
 
#16
Was good film up to the point where the chopper enters. Now, I suppose its perfectly feasible that they had Helos in WWII, its just lost all its credibility for me then. It just didn't seem right.
Today's useless piece of information - the first Allied helicopter medevac took place in Burma in 1944
 
#18
Probably because they had no use on the battlefield at that time.
 

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