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'Where Eagles Dare' DVD Review **** 071105
The Work = ****
'Where Eagles Dare' is a fun action film. It follows a group of spy’s dropped behind enemy lines to rescue a trapped American during World War II. The movie takes a little while to get going but once it does 'Where Eagles Dare' proves to be an exciting adventure that pulls out all the stops. While watching it I thought it played like a precursor to 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'.
It turns out there may be a reason for that. According to IMDB Steven Spielberg who directed 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' is a huge fan of 'Where Eagles Dare'. Both films have a fly by the seat of your pants feeling and incorporate many different types of action sequences. I was impressed by how many different types of scrapes 'Where Eagles Dare' put its heroes through. Sure, the film plays a bit slow and long today, but it still holds up remarkably well and is a fun flic’ to check out.
Eastwood plays the lone American in the film and he does what he does best: speaking more with action than with dialogue. I would not be surprised if I found out he took out a lot of dialogue and replaced it with looks and movement. Burton makes the perfect counter, smoothly delivering dialogue. He is able to talk his walk out of almost any situation and proves to be a man of action when he has too. Of course he can’t compare to the body count that Eastwood racks up. Eastwood shoots half the Nazis in the German Army by the looks of this film.
Eastwood and Burton work great together and it is too bad they didn’t work together again. Ingrid Pitt shows up, looking beautiful and acting with charm. She and the rest of the cast back up the two leads and handle their roles well. I really enjoyed 'Where Eagles Dare'. Yes the film may be a little long and may not play as fast and furious back in the day but it is still a lot of fun.
DVD = ***
All Together = ****
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