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<<> MUST SEE MOVIES <>>

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THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK http://Hollyw00d.peperonity.net
THE GUNS OF NAVARONE
THE PIANIST
THE GREAT ESCAPE
THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED http://thrills.peperonity.net
THE TRAIN THE ISLAND
THE STING
THE AVIATOR
ENEMY AT THE GATES
QUILL[japanese]

WHERE EAGLES DARE
SCHINDLER'S LIST
TROY
VON RYAN'S XPRESS
LUCKY NUMBER 7 [SLEVIN]
EVIL DEAD
IN HELL
TOWERING INFERNO
PULP FICTION
FACE-OFF
DER UNTERGANG[german]
WHERE EAGLES DARE
Rating:5 STARS
Genre: War
Movie Type: War Adventure
Themes: Daring Rescues
Director: Brian G. Hutton
Main Cast: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Michael Hordern, Patrick Wymark
Release Year: 1968
Country: US/UK
Run Time: 158 minutes
Plot
An expensive but enormously profitable war picture, Where Eagles Dare centers upon a daring rescue and even more daring escape. Disguised as Nazi officers, commandoes 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 commandoes 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 commandoes 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. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Review
In this 1969 spine-tingler, allied soldiers infiltrate a mountaintop castle in the Bavarian Alps to rescue a captured general who knows the plans for D-Day. The production features parachute jumps, gunplay, explosions, spectacular scenery, and frozen hands reaching for survival on a rock face. And then there are the narrow escapes in which the heroes dodge gunfire in castle corridors, drive a bus through mountain passes, and take off in a plane thinking all is well when it isn't. In short, Where Eagles Dare is a pip of a film from start to finish. Rousing music and a lively script, adapted by Alistair MacLean from the novel he wrote, complement bully performances by Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. As British Maj. John Smith and American Lt. Morris Schaffer, raspy Burton barks commands while cool-man Eastwood nullifies Nazis with blades and bullets. Excellent performances from Michael Hordern as British Vice Adm. Rolland and Derren Nesbitt as Nazi Major von Harpen support the performances of Burton and Eastwood. But it is the action and the pacing that are the real stars. Dressed in German uniforms, the allied infiltrators take a perilous cable-car ride, get pulled through windows, and mingle with the enemy while a new danger lurks around every corner. Surprises abound as the allies discover that not everyone is who he is supposed to be. Meanwhile, the audience chews knuckles as the music builds, and a final, shocking secret manifests itself. ~ Mike Cummings, All Movie Guide

Cast
Richard Burton - John Smith
Clint Eastwood - Lt. Morris Schaffer
Mary Ure - Mary Ellison
Michael Hordern - Vice Adm. Rolland
Patrick Wymark - Wyatt Turner

Robert Beatty - Cartwright-Jones; Anton Diffring - Col. Kramer; Donald Houston - Olaf Christiansen; William Squire - Lee Thomas; Brook Williams - Sgt. Harrod; Victor Beaumont - Col. Weissner; Ingrid Pitt - Heidi; Richard Beale - Telephone Orderly; Ivor Dean - German Officer; Lyn Kennington - German Woman; Nigel Lambert - Young German Soldier; Michael Rooney - Radio Operator; Ernst Walder - Airport Control Officer; Vincent Ball - Carpenter; Peter Barkworth - Berkeley; Ferdy [Ferdinand] Mayne - Rosemeyer, German Officer; Neil McCarthy - Torrance-Smythe; Derren Nesbitt - Maj. von Hapen; Philip Stone - Sky Tram Operator

THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK
Rating:5 STARS
Genre: Adventure
Movie Type: Swashbuckler, Costume Adventure
Themes: Righting the Wronged, Crowned Heads, Daring Rescues
Director: Randall Wallace
Main Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne
Release Year: 1998
Country: US
Run Time: 135 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG13
Plot
Oscar-nominated Randall Wallace (Braveheart) made his directorial debut with this adaptation of the 1848 classic by Alexandre Dumas (1802-70), featuring Leonardo DiCaprio in a dual role. Years have passed since the Three Musketeers, Aramis (Jeremy Irons), Athos (John Malkovich), and Porthos (Gerard Depardieu) fought together with their friend D'Artagnan (Gabriel Byrne). The arrogant, tyrannical King Louis XIV (Leonardo DiCaprio) desires the beautiful Christine (Judith Godreche), so he orders her suitor Raoul (Peter Sarsgaard), the son of Athos, off to face death at the front. He also sends Aramis to kill the leader of a Jesuit rebellion. Louis is unaware that his loyal protector and informant, D'Artagnan, is the secret lover of his mother, Queen Anne (Anne Parillaud). Louis' younger twin brother, Philippe (also DiCaprio) is the man in the iron mask, imprisoned for the past six years. Arthos and Porthos plan to free Philippe, abduct Louis and replace him by putting Philippe on the throne. French location scenes include the Chateau de Fontainbleau. Previous adaptations: Allan Dwan's The Iron Mask (1929) with Douglas Fairbanks, the 1939 James Whale version with Louis Hayward, Patricia Medina in Lady in the Iron Mask (1952), Henri Decoin's Le Masque de Fer (1962), Mike Newell's 1976 TV movie with Richard Chamberlain, and Ken Annakin's The Fifth Musketeer (1978, aka Behind the Iron Mask) with Beau Bridges, Lloyd Bridges, Sylvia Kristel, Ursula Andress, Cornel Wilde, Jose Ferrer, Rex Harrison, and Olivia de Havilland. A second film titled The Man in the Iron Mask was released in 1998, a low-budget effort from director William Richert. ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio - Louis XIV
Leonardo DiCaprio - Philippe
Jeremy Irons - Aramis
John Malkovich - Athos
Gérard Depardieu - Porthos
Gabriel Byrne - D'Artagnan

Anne Parillaud - Queen Anne; Judith Godrëche - Christine; Edward Atterton - Lieutenant Andre; Peter Sarsgaard - Raoul; Hugh Laurie - King's Advisor; Laura Fraser - Bedroom Beauty; David Lowe - King's Advisor

THE GUNS OF NAVARONE
The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 film based on a well-known 1957 novel about World War II by Scottish thriller writer Alistair MacLean. It starred Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn. The book and the film share the same basic plot: the efforts of an Allied commando team to destroy a seemingly impregnable German fortress that threatens Allied naval ships in the Aegean Sea, and prevents 2,000 isolated British troops from being rescued.

History
Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
The film version of The Guns of Navarone was part of a cycle of big-budget World War II adventures that included The Longest Day (1962) and The Great Escape (1963). The screenplay, adapted by producer Carl Foreman, made significant changes in virtually all of the major characters from the novel. A new character, Major Franklin, initially leads the expedition; Dusty Miller, in the book a tough rough-edged Anglo-American/Polish explosives expert, becomes a dapper Professor of Chemistry, Casey Brown, a Scottish engineer and communications expert becomes a bearded knife-wielding killer and Lt. Stevens, a Greek-speaking navigation expert vanishes from the team. (In the book, Stevens falls from the cliff as they are climbing it, breaks his leg, and eventually dies; in the film it is Franklin who falls and breaks his leg, but he survives.) The character of Mallory, originally a New Zealander, is played by American actor Gregory Peck and his nationality is not stated explicitly. But at one point he remarks about his "stupid Anglo-Saxon decency" and later Miller tells him to "think of England and pull the trigger", so presumably he is English.

The film also introduced romance and a subplot that radically altered the relationship between Mallory and Andrea.

The identity of the traitor is also changed in the film, and the two women who appear in the film do not appear in the book.

The film was directed by J. Lee Thompson after original director Alexander Mackendrick (best-known for the quirky comedies he directed for Ealing Studios) was fired by Carl Foreman due to "creative differences". The Greek island of Rhodes provided locations, and Quinn was so taken with the area that he bought land there in an area still called Anthony Quinn Bay.

The film was a major box office success and the top grossing film of 1961. As a result, MacLean reunited Mallory, Miller, and Andrea in the best-seller Force 10 From Navarone, the only sequel of his long writing career, in 1968. That was in turn filmed as the significantly different Force 10 from Navarone in 1978 by British director Guy Hamilton, a veteran of several James Bond films. Despite a cast that included Robert Shaw, Edward Fox, and Harrison Ford, it was a critical and commercial failure.

Synopsis
The film opens with an aerial view of the Greek Islands, and a narrator (James Robertson Justice), setting the scene. The year is 1943, and 2000 British soldiers are holed up on the island of Kheros in the Aegean near Turkey. Rescue by the Royal Navy is impossible because of massive guns on the nearby island of Navarone. Time is short, because the Germans are expected to launch an assault on the British forces, to draw Turkey into the war on the Axis' side.

Efforts to blast the guns by air have proven fruitless, so a team has been hastily assembled to sail to Navarone and dynamite the guns. Led by Major Roy Franklin (Anthony Quayle), they are Capt. Keith Mallory (Gregory Peck), Andrea Stavros (Anthony Quinn), a Colonel in the defeated Greek army, Corporal Miller (David Niven), an explosives expert, Greek-American street tough Spyros Pappadimos (James Darren) and "Butcher" Brown (Stanley Baker), an engineer and expert knife fighter.

Disguised as Greek fishermen on a decrepit boat, they sail across the Aegean Sea. They are intercepted by a German boat and boarded. On Mallory's signal, they attack and kill all the Germans and blow up the patrol boat. Afterwards, ...


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