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Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 World War II action-adventure spy film starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, and Mary Ure. It was directed by Brian G. Hutton and shot on location in Austria and Bavaria.
Alistair MacLean wrote the novel and the screenplay at the same time. It was his first screenplay; both film and book became commercial successes. The production hired some of the top moviemaking professionals and is considered a classic. Major contributors included Yakima Canutt, the Hollywood stuntman, who as second-unit director shot most of the action scenes, British stuntman Alf Joint who doubled for Burton in sequences such as the fight on top of the cable car, award-winning conductor and composer Ron Goodwin who wrote the film score and future Oscar-nominee Arthur Ibbetson, who worked on its cinematography.
It is World War II, in the winter of 1943-44; U.S. Army Brigadier General George Carnaby, one of the chief planners of D-Day, is captured by the Germans when his aircraft is shot down en-route to Crete. He is taken to the Schloß Adler (The Castle of the Eagles – hence the title), a fortress high in the Alps that is headquarters of the German Secret Service in southern...