Operation Crossbow

  • 1965
  • Movie
  • NR
  • War

Producer Ponti assembled a star-studded cast and spared no expense in telling a story based on the British efforts during WW II to find and destroy Nazi rocket bases. The film begins with Johnson being assigned to investigate reports that the Nazis are on the verge of unleashing lethal rockets on England. Johnson finds evidence to support the report, and...read more

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Producer Ponti assembled a star-studded cast and spared no expense in telling a story based on the British efforts during WW II to find and destroy Nazi rocket bases. The film begins with Johnson being assigned to investigate reports that the Nazis are on the verge of unleashing lethal

rockets on England. Johnson finds evidence to support the report, and when V-1 rockets hit London, Peppard, Courtenay, and Kemp are chosen for a suicide mission to find the rocket base. They parachute into Germany and pose as scientists assigned to the project. Courtenay meets a quick demise when

his cover is blown, but he reveals nothing about his cohorts. Peppard has a narrow escape when Loren, the wife of the man he is pretending to be, encounters him at a hotel. Peppard persuades her not to reveal the charade to the authorities, and Palmer, an Allied agent, makes sure of it by killing

Loren. Peppard and Kemp succeed in locating the base. They guide Allied bombers to the installation, which is destroyed, and the heroes perish in the bombing. This epic contained some excellent action footage and a briskly paced story nicely handled by the cast. Loren's star billing is somewhat

misleading, since her screen time is minimal and she functions only as a sex prop. Most of the other major names in the cast fill what amount to cameos, but they acquit themselves admirably. It was a quality production that never found much of an audience. In fact, after its premiere in the US

garnered a lukewarm reception, MGM tried changing the title to THE GREAT SPY MISSION, believing that the word "operation" in the original title might lead people to think it was a medical film, a genre which wasn't doing well at the box office in the mid-1960s.

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