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
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- Sophia Loren
- George Peppard
- Trevor Howard
- John Mills
- Richard Johnson
- Factory sealed DVD
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sophia Loren could not save this Movie,
This review is from: Operation Crossbow (Amazon Video)The V-2 rocket rained destruction on London at the end of the Second World War.
You don’t feel the true impact of the V-2 until you see it. I saw a captured V-2 at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington and was bowled over by its size. It seemed as tall as a five story building.
How could a vicious Nazi tyranny have made such advances in rocket technology? This is the very question haunting the British and Americans from 1943 onwards.
The true hunt for Nazi rockets (the V-1 and V-2) spread across many occupied European countries. Operation Crossbow (made in 1965) focusses on the destruction of one factory in Germany making the rockets.
Produced by Carlo Ponti and filmed in the UK, Operation Crossbow is full of the best European and American stars of the 1960s. Top billing goes to Sophia Loren, George Peppard, and Richard Johnson, but there is a host of very famous British stars like John Mills, Trevor Howard and Richard Todd.
The film begins with the... Read more
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Great WWII Film from a Bygone Era – One of my favorites,
This review is from: Operation Crossbow (DVD)
OPERATION CROSSBOW is one of my favorite WWII espionage films of all time. To classify it strictly as an espionage film is not exactly correct. There is quite a lot here about the German development of the V-1 rocket and how Britain counteracted and defended herself. The V-2 followed shortly after and we see the effects and devastation on London. In between we get the espionage story of allied agents trained and how they infiltrated Nazi Europe to gain access into the German rocket development operations.
This is a great film with a great cast and production values. It was made at a time in the 1960’s when large budgeted WWII films and epics were in vogue. The film may seem a bit uneven and protracted at times, but it is what it is and this is a very good film. This is one of those favorites of mine and I return to it often.
Destroy the Nazi Rockets~ Peenemunde~ and Nordhausen~4 STARS~,
This review is from: Operation Crossbow (DVD)PLOT: destroy Nazi Germany's ability to build rockets.
PEENEMUNDE~ an ultra 'secret' facility built on the German coast and hides a secret. This the staging area for the V1 and V2 Rockets being built and tested to help bomb England. When a FILM ANALIST spots a very suspicious shape and ramps in the marshes of northeast Germany, England decides they need to "bomb it' since it is the BUILDING and TEST FACILITIES for the Buzz bomb and all Rockets being built and tested. Over 600 British bombers do the job.. in 3 waves takes a heavy toll on men and equipment and lay much of the facility in ashes. The Germans are not daunted they simply move the ROCKET building underground. Attempts to find and bomb the new facility have proven unsuccessful. George Peppard, Tom Courtney and Jeremy Kemp are being sent to sabotage it any way they can. They parachute into Nazi occupied territory and end up in a hotel where Lilli Palmer the owner helps them. Tom Coutney is soon caught by the... Read more
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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.