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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2024 4:49 p.m. PST

…Fifty Years Later

"Fifty years ago, Scottish born writer Alistair MacLean, author of nearly twenty books including The Guns of Navarone, published in 1961, and Ice Station Zebra, published in 1968, was approached by American producer Elliott Kastner to write a suspenseful and action-packed World War II escapade. The two got together at MacLean's residence in Surrey, England to discuss particulars. Usually, writers sell rights to convert their novels to screenplays, but in this situation, MacLean retained the rights to convert his screenplay into a novel.

In March of 1966, MacLean presented a draft he had called Adler Schloss, which translates into Eagle Castle, the castle where much of the action takes place. Kastner renamed the screenplay Where Eagles Dare, taken from a line from Shakespeare's Richard III "Where eagles dare to perch" (Act 1, Scene 3, Pg 4). Actor and director Brian G. Hutton was chosen to direct, and he and MacLean completed the screenplay.

The movie starred Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood as the primary characters of British Major John Smith and American assassin Lieutenant Schaffer. Their mission was to infiltrate the German castle of Adler Schloss to rescue an American General, held after being shot down by the Nazis before he is forced to reveal the plans for D-Day…"

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2024 4:55 p.m. PST

Sorry… I mistake this thread and repeat one yet posted… the original thread was…

What Happened on the Trains That Brought Wounded World War II Soldiers Home?




TimePortal27 Feb 2024 8:52 p.m. PST

The Longest Day
A Bridge Too Far
Enemy at the Gates
Big Red One
Sand of IWo Jima

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2024 9:25 p.m. PST

Rather what movies MADE DURING WWII about WWII STILL THRILL?

Wake Island.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Feb 2024 11:52 a.m. PST

"In Which We Serve."


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2024 3:19 p.m. PST



42flanker29 Feb 2024 2:32 a.m. PST

'They were expendable'

MilEFEX303029 Feb 2024 5:55 a.m. PST

The Bridge at Remagen
The Devil's Brigade
To Hell and Back

MilEFEX303029 Feb 2024 5:57 a.m. PST


A Walk in the Sun with GI Joe was made during WW2? I can't remember and refuse to google it but it was in a big book of war movies I had when I was a kid and was considered legendary in the '70s.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Feb 2024 3:13 p.m. PST

Thanks also…


Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2024 10:45 p.m. PST

It may not be a "classic" in the sense of being made before 1980, but "A Midnight Clear" is a WWII movie I recommend wholeheartedly. One of the best war flicks ever made.

MilEFEX303003 Mar 2024 11:01 p.m. PST

Will have to check that out. Looks good piper909.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2024 3:49 p.m. PST

Piper909 + 1


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