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Operation Crossbow

Operation Crossbow is a sometimes suspenseful war melodrama said to be based upon British attempts to find and destroy Germany's development of new secret weapons - long-range rockets - in the early days of the Second World War. Ambitiously filmed in Europe and boasting production values which may seem to catch the spirit of the monumental effort, what the Carlo Ponti production lacks primarily is a cohesive story line [by Duilio Coletti and Vittorio Petrilli].

Operation Crossbow is a sometimes suspenseful war melodrama said to be based upon British attempts to find and destroy Germany’s development of new secret weapons – long-range rockets – in the early days of the Second World War. Ambitiously filmed in Europe and boasting production values which may seem to catch the spirit of the monumental effort, what the Carlo Ponti production lacks primarily is a cohesive story line [by Duilio Coletti and Vittorio Petrilli].

Sophia Loren is in for little more than a bit, albeit a key character in one sequence. George Peppard plays the chief protagonist in this rambling tale of a British espionage mission, whose members impersonate German scientists believed dead, sent to locate and transmit information on the underground installation where Nazis are working on their deadly project.

Peppard acquits himself satisfactorily although unexplained is his flawless command of German so he can impersonate a German scientist.

Operation Crossbow

  • Production: M-G-M. Director Michael Anderson; Producer Carlo Ponti; Screenplay Richard Imrie, Derry Quinn, Ray Rigby; Camera Erwin Hillier; Editor Ernest Walter; Music Ron Goodwin; Art Director Elliot Scott
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1965. Running time: 118 MIN.
  • With: Sophia Loren George Peppard Trevor Howard John Mills Tom Courtenay Richard Johnson
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