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 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Brand: Warner Home Video
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
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- Sophia Loren
- George Peppard
- Trevor Howard
- John Mills
- Richard Johnson
- Factory sealed DVD
44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
a nifty WWII spy thriller,
The V-1 "Buzz Bomb" was a nightmare for those living in London in the summer of '44, and perhaps the most gripping part of the film is its depiction of London being hit with these dreaded missiles, with some amazing cinematography by Erwin Hillier.
George Peppard is a smooth spy, and does many scenes speaking German, though he looks 100% American, perhaps because of the hat he wears pushed back on his head, which would have been a givaway had he really been in enemy territory.
Richard Johnson is wonderful as Duncan Sandys, who believes... Read more
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
This engrossing war drama places stars George Peppard and John Mills as trained sabatuers in an underground factory where V-1 and V-2 "Buzz-bomb" rockets were being manufactured in Germany during world war II. This gripping drama is as suspensefull as it is realistic. Their mission is to destroy Hitler's ability to manfacture those terrible incendiary rockets which were terrorizing London during the latter stages of the war. Sophia Loren, thinking her husband already dead, discovers George Peppard impersonating him, and the action accelerates from there. This movie has it all, romance, great suspense and special effects as well as a thrilling climax. Several scenes are in German with English subtitles, and as a high school German teacher, I found this a pleasant addition to the film. This movie has aged well since its release in 1965. Give it a try.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Best film about Nazi sabotage of its era I've ever seen,
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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.