Thursday, 10 May 2007

Where Eagles Dare 1968

Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 film directed by Brian G. Hutton and starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, and Mary Ure. The screenplay and the 1967 best-selling novel were written at more or less the same time by Alistair MacLean; it was his first of several screen writing efforts. Both film and novel are often considered classics.

Below: How Where Eagles Dare may have opened when seen in UK cinemas with its original A certificate

(Click below to view the Original Trailer)
Where Eagles Dare 1969 Clint Eastwood Richard Burton original UK QUAD poster A
Where Eagles Dare 1969 Clint Eastwood Richard Burton original UK QUAD poster B
Where Eagles Dare 1969 Clint Eastwood Richard Burton Original French film poster

Where Eagles Dare 1969 Clint Eastwood Richard Burton Original French film poster Landscape version
Where Eagles Dare 1969 Original UK 8 FOH stills (10 x 8)
Where Eagles Dare 1969 The Royal Gala Film Premiere film programme from January 22nd 1969 held at the Empire Leicester Square - a rare and lovely piece.
Where Eagles Dare 1969 Original UK advertising sheet from the NSS
Where Eagles Dare 1969 Original UK synopsis and cast sheet
Where Eagles Dare 1969 French large fold out illustrated press sheet
Where Eagles Dare 1969 German Original film program

Where Eagles Dare 1969 Original Colour Lobby set x 12 Spain
Below: Close up example
Where Eagles Dare 1969 Original Colour Lobby set x 8 French
Where Eagles Dare 1969 Colour Mounted slides x 4 rare shots (3/4 shown)

Where Eagles Dare 1969 Original Large format US Press book

Where Eagles Dare 1969 Original UK illustrated booking slip

Where Eagles Dare 1969 Original USA colour press book supplement
Where Eagles Dare 1969 Original Full page US trade ad approx 10 x 8

Where Eagles Dare 1969 Original theatrical Trailer 8mm format
(To view trailer see above)
Where Eagles Dare 1969 Original UK soundtrack on MGM

Where Eagles Dare 1969 10 x 8 Press Stills b/w x 30 + 1 Colour 
Where Eagles Dare Clint Eastwood Richard Burton Original Australian Day bill poster
Where Eagles Dare Re-release Clint Eastwood Richard Burton Original Australian Day bill poster

Where Eagles Dare 1969 Ron Goodwin extended & restored Complete CD from FSM
Where Eagles Dare 1969 Original Swedish film program

Where Eagles Dare 1969 UK Original press book
Where Eagles Dare 1969 UK Original press sheets
Where Eagles Dare 1969 Where Eagles Dare / 633 Squadron Ron Goodwin Rare CD release

Where Eagles Dare 1969 3 Different Original tie in Paperbacks

Where Eagles Dare 1969 2 Original Radio spots 60sec and 30sec
Where Eagles Dare 1975 Re-issue Colour Lobby set x 8 USA 14 x 11 (1 shown)

Where Eagles Dare 1975 Re-issue Colour Lobby set x 8 USA 10 x 8 (1 shown)

Where Eagles Dare DVD Widescreen with Making of on Location and Original Trailer
Where Eagles Dare Japanese Laserdisc Widescreen Stunning art cover with Clint Eastwood

Where Eagles Dare LD NTSC W/S Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton Deluxe Edition

MGM Released a huge advertising Campaign for Where Eagles Dare and with various designs. I will start to list and add more images to this section after the release of Cinema Retro's Where Eagles Dare Special Magazine Tribute due out in the Summer. In the meantime:
Here are 3 different Original US 1 sheet posters (Style A, B and C) released by MGM.

Below: Where Eagles Dare International One Sheet / Style D
Below: Where Eagles Dare US Half Sheet Poster
Below: The stunning US Insert Design
Here are the Original US Lobby card set from 1969

And Below The US International Lobby Set

Below: Close up of the Title Card
Below: Example of Mexican Lobby Card
Below: Italian Foto Busta Original release
Below: Italian re-release Foto Busta
Ron Goodwin's Original Score was also very popular, below are the Original US LP release and bottom a very nice French release LP

Below: Where Eagles Dare Spanish LP Soundtrack
Below: Where Eagles Dare French Single
Below: A very rare Japanese Laserdisc

Below: The rare Polish 1 Sheet film poster for Where Eagles Dare

Where Eagles Dare 1969 Japanese poster
Below: Where Eagles Dare Original Japanese film program - Thanks to Philip McLean
Below: Where Eagles Dare Original Spanish 1 sheet poster - Below that, the Re-Release version which actually features a change of artwork for Clint - and is actually based on a still from Magnum Force!
Below: Where Eagles Dare German poster
Below: Where Eagles Dare Turkish poster
Below: Where Eagles Dare Italian 2 Folio poster
Below: Where Eagles Dare Belgian poster
Below: Israeli Where Eagles Dare poster
Below: Where Eagles Dare Argentine poster
Below: Where Eagles Dare Danish poster
Below: Where Eagles Dare Original banner
Below: Where Eagles Dare MGM advanced trade screening Ad 1968
Below: How about this superb advanced trade Ad! Thanks to Neil Thompson
Below: Where Eagles Dare very rare UK Window Card - Thanks to Davy Triumph
Below: Where Eagles Dare US Window Card
Below: Where Eagles Dare Original Cinema Standee
From Where Eagles Dare Original Model Cable Car used in the movie
From Where Eagles Dare, Richard Burton's Original Nazi jacket
Below: Where Eagles Dare (partnered with Kelly's Heroes) for a superb Blu ray release
Below: The very rare UK 60 x 40 Theatrical poster, thank you to Davy Triumph 
Below: A Swedish and Finnish poster from 1970s
Below: Where Eagles Dare Original Australian glass slide
Below: Where Eagles Dare one of the many different UK VHS sell through covers
Below: Where Eagles Dare Super 8mm condensed version, 3 x 400ft reels - which were broken into 3 chapters- 
1) The Assault 2) The Rescue 3) The Escape. At approx 17 minutes per reel, the total condensed version ran for approx 51 minutes.
Tons more to come very soon, watch this space!
Original Reviews
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
March 13, 1969
In the War Tradition, 'Where Eagles Dare'

New York Times
Published: March 13, 1969

IN one way or another, almost every adventure movie deals with the attempt to penetrate an impregnable fortress, or with the escape from one—a formula whose success may not be entirely unrelated to the fact that it transmutes into quite acceptable narrative terms the basic, continuing sexual dilemma. If this is true—and I'm not prepared to pursue the matter further here, "Where Eagles Dare" is the ultimate metaphor. It encapsulates human experience into an ordered, comprehensible melodrama that is both absurd and entertaining.

Below: On Location in London during the making of Where Eagles Dare
The movie, which opened yesterday at the Astor, Orpheum and Murray Hill Theaters, looks like an anthology of scenes from movies like "The Guns of Navarone" and "The Dirty Dozen" (movies of attack), and "Von Ryan's Express" and "The Great Escape" (movies of flight and pursuit). It is so long (almost three hours) that it may finally bore the very action trade for which it was intended; yet it's just at that point of surface boredom that the movie aficionado will probably become entranced.
The story is so simple and familiar it could have been conceived by anybody in the time it takes one to brush one's teeth.

During World War II, a small group of Allied soldiers, commanded by Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood (at their most uncomplicated, comic book best), is parachuted into the Bavarian Alps. The group's mission is to rescue an American general, held prisoner in a mountain castle guarded by what look to be several Nazi divisions and accessible only by cable car. With something like two hours still to go, it turns out that some of the commandos are questionable security risks and that the general is a member of Actors Equity.

However, the plotting, wild and sometimes seemingly endless, is not as important as the physical production and the dramatization of individual incident.

"Where Eagles Dare" is a textbook of techniques, a guide to movie methods in its blending of location photography (great, snow swept mountain vistas) with studio artifice (process and glass shots, miniatures), which are no less effective even when one is being consciously amused by them. This kind of awareness can be enriching when the methodology is so classic, representing, as it does, a direct line of descent from Méliès.

The methods employed to keep the story moving are no less classic. There are fights on top of cable cars, people hanging perilously over precipices, double and triple twists of plot (which prompt such character comments as "This is incredible!"), guns jammed at key moments, sheer walls to be climbed. It is a movie of almost constant destruction—vehicles, bridges, trees, faces, people, aircraft, with not much differentiation made among them.

Alistair MacLean, author of "The Guns of Navarone," wrote the original story and screenplay (which was later turned into a novel), and it was directed by Brian G. Hutton, whose previous credits ("Wild Seed," "The Pad" and "Sol Madrid") give no hint that he might be capable of this sort of thing.

"Where Eagles Dare" is not a personal film, but one that is manufactured and assembled. It uses actors (Burton, Eastwood, Mary Ure, Anton Diffring) pretty much for what they look like, not for what they can do, since the last thing you want in such a movie is a character who calls attention to himself, instead of the situation.

There is an excess of situation here that threatens to become as numbing as an overdose of Novocain. It never quite does, however. Yesterday afternoon, an elderly gentleman at the Astor became audibly annoyed as the movie passed one of its many potential endings to go on to new crises. He uttered a vulgar, eight-letter comment. Several minutes later, he said simply: "Fantastic." It was not entirely pejorative.
The Cast
WHERE EAGLES DARE, screenplay by Alistair MacLean, based on his story; directed by Brian G. Hutton and produced by Elliott Kastner; a Jerry Gershwin-Elliott Kastner Picture presented by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
At the Astor Theater, Broadway and 45th Street,
Loew's Orpheum, 86th Street at Third Avenue, and the Murray Hill Theater, 34th street east of Lexington Avenue.
Running time: 155 minutes.
John Smith . . . . . Richard Burton
Lieut. Morris Schaffer . . . . Clint Eastwood
Mary Ellison . . . . . Mary Ure
Vice Admiral Rolland . . . . . Michael Hordern
Colonel Wyatt-Turner . . . . . Patrick Wymark
Cartwright-Jones . . . . . Robert Beatty
Colonel Kramer . . . . . Anton Diffring
Olaf Christiansen . . . . . Donald Houston
Reichsmarschall Rosemeyer . . . . . Ferdy Mayne
Torrance-Smythe . . . . . Neil McCarthy

Below: Where Eagles Dare Spanish Herald 
Centre spread from Variety Wednesday February 5th 1969
Below: A great shot of Clint and Ingrid Pitt
Below: Brian G. Hutton, Clint and Ingrid on location  
Below: Clint stops on Tower Bridge in London to speak to a local Policeman, during a sightseeing break while filming Where Eagles Dare
Below: A rare contact sheet for Where Eagles Dare
Below: Cameramen Alec Mills and John Beaumont doubling as German soldiers 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Most impressive collection. I also have an autographed soundtrack by Ron Goodwin. He did a concert tour in New Zealand in the mid 1970's and I pounced on him afterwards with my original Where Eagles Dare soundtrack plus the British pressbook and he very obligingly signed both. The main theme from Where Eagles Dare was the encore at his Christchurch concert.