Published on February 17th, 2012 | by Chris1
Operation Crossbow (1965)
I hate that feeling where a movie sounds like it might be good, or at least interesting, and then, well, its not. That's what happened with Operation Crossbow, anyway.
Billed as a movie about a "top secret operation to infiltrate the Nazi's secret rocket base!" turns out to be not much more than a rather dull attempt at intrigue or something. Probably more an excuse to get Sophia Loren on screen, in a sequence that takes far far too much screen time.
Part of the reason I watched this movie, was I had just finished watching the recent NOVA episode on the British recon photo experts and how they managed to deduce the locations and meaning of the V-1 and V-2 rocket sites. This seemed relevant. Well, I think I enjoyed the NOVA episode more.
Long story short, American Curtis (George Peppard) and Brit Lindemann (Trevor Howard) infiltrate the base disguised as scientists. They (of course) manage to expose the position of the base exactly as British bombers make their run. Of course this is at the cost of their own lives. Making it all more dramatic I suppose.
Turns out "Crossbow" was actually the name of the over-arching operation against the German long-range weapons program, you can read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Crossbow
As a movie, well, this movie anyway. I was pretty disappointed. It felt more like an episode of some 2nd rate 1960's TV series to me. Your milage may vary of course.... Giving a 4/10... I just wasn't feeling the love on this one.
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Operation Crossbow was one among many '60s films aiming, in the wake of The Guns of Navarone, to cash in on nostalgia for "the Good War" of 20 years earlier, plus snag a share of the spy-movie market stoked by James Bond...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Brand: Warner Manufacturing
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
Original Release Date:
- Sophia Loren
- George Peppard
- Trevor Howard
- John Mills
- Richard Johnson
- Run Time: 0
- Release Date: 12/19/2006
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A particularly impressive epic WW2 spy thriller,
This review is from: Operation Crossbow (DVD)Boasting a fairly incredible all-star cast, Operation Crossbow is a particularly impressive WW2 epic that won't win too many awards for realism but is a highly effective combination of spy thriller and men on a mission movie. The mission is for undercover agents George Peppard, Jeremy Kemp and Tom Courtney to masquerade as skilled labor to infiltrate and help destroy the Nazi V-2 rocket factories, but the film is as much concerned with the development of Hitler's `wonder weapons' and the Allies' initial disagreements as to whether they could ever be practical as it is with their destruction. Indeed, it manages the rather neat trick of acknowledging the German test pilots' courage as it traces the development of the V-bombs without resorting to the `good German' clichés - they may be brave, but they're also Nazis committed to taking over the world - though that also means the film's heroes aren't introduced until half an hour into the film. Similarly, while there are some big... Read more
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Alas a good DVD has arrived,
This review is from: Operation Crossbow (DVD)
Why it took so long to get this film on a good-quality DVD I shall never understand, but here it is.
The transfer is remarkably good, considering the film is now nearly 42 years old. And even the 6-channel soundtrack on the original 70mm print has been turned into an acceptable 5.1.
The movie, although fictitious in parts, still holds up well today.
The bombing of the rocket testing location on the Baltic coast did take place, but the attack on the underground Nazi rocket factory did not. In fact, as many people already know, the factory was captured along with many of the German rocket engineers and workers. (That's how Werner von Braun came into to the U-S space program).
But, I digress. This is still well-done cinema, and comparing the DVD version the Laser Disc (which I also have) finds a welcome improvement in video and sound quality.
For any World War II buff, this film is a must.
Now, where's Triple Cross on DVD?
Fictional story of the never-built A-10 missile,
This review is from: Operation Crossbow (Amazon Video)
Stands up well after 50 years. For rocket history buffs, this is a pretty good fictional portrayal of the A-10 rocket, which in reality did not get beyond the drawing board. Excellent effects on the V-1 and V-2.
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Summary: I hate that feeling where a movie sounds like it might be good, or at least interesting, and then, well, its not. That's what happened with Operation Crossbow, anyway.