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Operation Crossbow (1965)




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Featuring an all-star cast, this WW II adventure drama tells the story of a group of Allied operatives who are sent on a highly dangerous mission to destroy a Nazi installation, where long-range rockets are being developed that could tip the balance of power in favour of the German forces.

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George Peppard
as Lt. John Curtis
John Mills
as Gen. Boyd
Trevor Howard
as Prof. Lindemann
Richard Johnson
as Duncan Sandys
Tom Courtenay
as Robert Henshaw
Jeremy Kemp
as Phil Bradley
Paul Henreid
as Gen. Ziemann
Helmut Dantine
as Gen. Linz
Barbara Rütting
as Hanna Reitsch
Richard Todd
as Wing Cmdr. Kendall
Sylvia Syms
as Constance Babington Smith
John Fraser
as Flight Lt. Kenny
Maurice Denham
as RAF Officer
Patrick Wymark
as Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Karel Stepanek
as Prof. Hoffer
Moray Watson
as Col. Kenneth Post
Richard Wattis
as Sir Charles Sims
Allan Cuthbertson
as German Technical Examiner
Robert Brown
as Air Commodore
Wolf Frees
as German Police Inspector
Milo Sperber
as German Hotel Porter
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Critic Reviews for Operation Crossbow

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

If you enjoy high adventure, heroism, plenty of suspense and melodrama, huge explosions and piles of dead bodies, Operation Crossbow is for you.

August 19, 2021 | Full Review…

Although it doesn't rank in the upper echelons of WWII-set "men on a mission" movies (see: The Guns of Navarone, The Dirty Dozen, Where Eagles Dare), Operation Crossbow gets the gritty job done.

December 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Takes an unlikely scenario and ends it with an explosive fantasy James Bond-like finale.

June 14, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

...an entertaining, genuinely exciting adventure flick...

January 24, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...a decent espionage escapade and a fairly suspenseful thriller that passes an entertaining few hours.

January 2, 2007 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

WWII tale of Nazi rocket plans has its moments; including Sophia Loren doesn't hurt.

May 31, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Operation Crossbow

A real good WWII espionage film. With a host of actors and actress. Sophia Loren plays a very short part in this movie, about the shortest I've ever seen her play. The Germans are developing the V-1 Bomber and The V-2 Rocket Missile. The British must get within the German factories to provide bombing information or lost the war. Very interesting story line, with good actual footage now and then. The V-1 know as the flying Bomb a pilot less aircraft, The first V-1 was launched at London on 13 June 1944, one week after (and prompted by) the successful Allied landing in Europe. At its peak, over a hundred V-1s a day were fired at southeast England, 9,521 in total, decreasing in number as sites were overrun until October 1944, when the last V-1 site in range of Britain was overrun by Allied forces. This caused the remaining V-1s to be directed at the port of Antwerp and other targets in Belgium, with 2,448 V-1s being launched. The attacks stopped when the last site was overrun on 29 March 1945. In total, the V-1 attacks caused 22,892 casualties (almost entirely civilians). The V-2 Over 3,000 V-2s were launched as military rockets by the German Wehrmacht against Allied targets during the war, mostly London and later Antwerp. The attacks resulted in the death of an estimated 7,250 military personnel and civilians[, while 12,000 forced laborers were killed at the production of the weapons. This movie is outstanding and gets a 4 1/2 star rating.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


This highly underrated war film is very similar to the guns of Navarone mode as far as the story is concerened. A group of allied soldiers are on a near impossible mission to destroy a german weapons base that is launching the dreaded V1 and V2 rockets to London. However, in many ways this film is better than the guns of navarone which was more in the popular mode of filmmaking rather than showing the real harsh realities of warfare. That is far better portrayed in this film. From the neccessary killing of a friendly Sophia Loren (just to keep the secrecy of the mission intact) right down to the end where none survive the mission although they accomplish their end. Operation Crossbow is a terrific highly underrated war movie. Story: B+ Acting: B+ Direction: A Visuals: C+ Overall: B+ ***1/2 out of 4 stars

Matthew Rodrigues
Matthew Rodrigues

Super Reviewer

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