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5.0 out of 5 stars They really don't make them like this anymore., 29 Mar 2013
This review is from: Where Eagles Dare [1968] [DVD] (DVD)
As old war films go, they tend to be a bit iffy.
There are a few decent ones but the majority only stand out for there cliche, wooden acting, and dodgy directing and special effects. Where Eagles Dare is something else entirely; it isn't just a good war/espionage film, its a lesson in film making.

Directorial it is one of the strongest films I've seen, whilst not being groundbreaking or even attempting to 'do things differently' it is solidly directed all the way through. I've seen very few films that do suspense like W.E.D.

The acting is also extremely consistent, which it needs to be to create this feeling of foreboding and suspense. Clint Eastwood as a younger man in this gives one of his best performances in my opinion. The characters a well defined and never break their personalities, Eastwood and Burton deliver nerves of steel on screen and make you believe it too.

The action and stunts in this are also very good for an old film (1968 remember!) even though you can tell when its special effects as opposed to real stunt men, Eastwood and Burton sell it like its real. They sell the action and for this you can forget the sometimes lack-luster special effects.

The story is engrossing and believable, men and women like the ones portrayed in W.E.D actually did the things that are acted in this film. Though not a chronicle of WW2 history its delivered in such a clean and uncluttered fashion.

What brings the suspense and feel of the film to life other than the great acting and story is the direction and use of sound-effects and music. On the soundtrack side this film is spartan, it doesn't constantly assault the ears and destroy acting with action music, it just lets the story create the action and your mind does the rest. Only a good film can do this.

If you like your old war movies this is a must for you. I'm not a big war film fanatic but I love this. If you haven't seen it and want to watch an older action/thriller then this is for you as well. It truly is a superb piece of film making.

If only they made modern films like this...
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