M/PG | | Action, Adventure, War
Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding American brigadier general George Carnaby prisoner, but that's not all that's really going on.
When Schaffer talks to Major Smith after having stabbed the German officer in the radio room, he says "Fear lent him wings, as the saying goes." He was quoting "L'Honneur du nom" by Émile Gaboriau.
Better lock the door.
When Maj Smith (Richard Burton) and Lt Shaffer (Clint Eastwood) first "hitch a ride" up to the castle, they climb down from the cable gripping device to the roof of the gondola without making enough noise to alert the occupants inside. Later, when Maj Smith alone rides the gondola down to the village he again descends from the cable gripping device, but this time the occupants hear his footsteps and begin shooting up through the roof.
The original release running 158 minutes had an Intermission and Entre'acte that have been skipped from many video releases (including the DVD release from Warner), resulting in a 155 minute version. This has induced a fade-out and fade-in of the music in the scenes preceding and following. The intermission was originally placed after Lt. Schaeffer sets the explosives in the interrogation room.