Where Eagles Dare is a favourite amongst dads everywhere, simply because it’s just plain awesome. It’s a movie so many of us grew up watching and as I’ve said countless times, it’s really what I was wanting The Expendables movies to be like.
SYNOPSIS: Where Eagles Dare centers upon a daring rescue and even more daring escape. Disguised as Nazi officers, commandos Maj. John Smith (Richard Burton), Lt. Morris Schaffer Clint Eastwood and six other courageous souls parachute behind enemy lines. Their mission: to rescue an American general, held captive in a supposedly impenetrable Alpine castle. Aiding and abetting the commandos are Allied undercover agents Mary (Mary Ure) and Heidi (Ingrid Pitt).
Also on hand is a British officer (Patrick Wymark), who masterminded the mission. Somewhere, somehow, someone amongst the Allies is going to turn out to be a traitor. There’s also a neat plot twist in store when the commandos manage to reach the American general — which leads to yet another twist. The vertigo-inducing climax has made Where Eagles Dare one of the most sought-after of “early” Eastwood starring features. The film was written directly for the screen by espionage novelist Alistair MacLean.
This Kill Count focuses on Clint Eastwood alone because frankly I can’t believe how many people he actually takes out.
Clint Eastwood’s Kill Count: 81
That’s pretty impressive; and they’re all Nazis too so you don’t even feel bad for them.