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4th Oct '15 5:58:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* AmericaWinsTheWar: Played with. Morris Schaffer, as a Ranger, single-handedly mows his way through two thirds of the Wehrmacht, but it's quite clear that Smith is no slouch in the killing department. [[spoiler:It's also made clear that Schaffer is there only because Smith needs an ally, as the Brits can no longer trust their own team.]]

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* AmericaWinsTheWar: AmericaWonWorldWarII: Played with. Morris Schaffer, as a Ranger, single-handedly mows his way through two thirds of the Wehrmacht, but it's quite clear that Smith is no slouch in the killing department. [[spoiler:It's also made clear that Schaffer is there only because Smith needs an ally, as the Brits can no longer trust their own team.]]
3rd Oct '15 10:31:14 PM Kooshmeister
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''Where Eagles Dare'' is a 1968 seminal novel by Alistair [=MacLean=] (who also wrote ''Literature/TheGunsOfNavarone''). It was made into an action thriller set in starring Creator/ClintEastwood and Creator/RichardBurton. It follows in the footsteps of ''Literature/TheGunsOfNavarone'', where there was a shift in war movies, eschewing historical accuracy in favour of exploding Nazis, and a very high {{HSQ}} in order to appeal to a new generation of moviegoers.

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''Where Eagles Dare'' is a 1968 seminal novel by Alistair [=MacLean=] Creator/AlistairMacLean (who also wrote ''Literature/TheGunsOfNavarone''). It was made into an action thriller set in starring Creator/ClintEastwood and Creator/RichardBurton. It follows in the footsteps of ''Literature/TheGunsOfNavarone'', where there was a shift in war movies, eschewing historical accuracy in favour of exploding Nazis, and a very high {{HSQ}} in order to appeal to a new generation of moviegoers.
3rd Oct '15 10:29:17 PM Kooshmeister
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* AdaptationNameChange: A few. Notably [[spoiler:traitor]] Edward Carraciola is now Ted Berkeley, and Gestapo officer Captain von Brauchitsch is Major von Hapen.

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* AdaptationNameChange: A few. Notably [[spoiler:traitor]] few in the movie.
** [[spoiler:Traitor]]
Edward Carraciola is now Ted Berkeley, and Berkeley
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Gestapo officer Captain von Brauchitsch is Major von Hapen.Hapen.
** In a more minor example, Colonel Wyatt-Turner's hyphenated surname is shortened to simply Turner.
3rd Oct '15 10:27:00 PM Kooshmeister
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* SelfDisposingVillain: In both the book and the movie, the final traitor opts to jump out of the plane at the end rather than be taken into custody, in a scene lifted almost beat for beat from [=MacLean=]'s earlier novel ''TheSatanBug''.
12th Aug '15 1:42:42 PM Kooshmeister
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* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Averted in the book. Alistair [=MacLean=] sure has a lot of sympathy for nameless Nazi {{Mooks}}, and the commandos knock out or tie up most of the guards they come up against, rather than kill them. In the movie it's played straight, though, and they stab or shoot pretty much everyone they encounter.

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* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Averted Actually averted in the both film and book. Alistair [=MacLean=] sure has a lot of sympathy for In either, the nameless Nazi {{Mooks}}, and the commandos knock out {{Mooks}} are treated no better or tie up most of the guards they come up against, rather worse than kill them. In their superiors by the movie it's played straight, though, and they stab or shoot pretty much everyone they encounter. heroes.
12th Aug '15 1:40:29 PM Kooshmeister
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* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Averted in the book. Alistair [=MacLean=] sure has a lot of sympathy for nameless Nazi {{Mooks}}, and the commandos knock out or tie up most of the guards they come up against, rather than kill them. In the movie it's played straight, though, and they stab or shoot pretty much everyone they encounter.
31st Jul '15 2:54:01 PM phoenix
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29th Mar '15 3:14:04 PM igordebraga
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* WalkIntoMordor: You can't simply parachute on Schloss Adler, or climb the mountain below it. You have to take the heavily guarded cable car!
25th Mar '15 2:24:56 AM StFan
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'''''Where Eagles Dare''''' is a 1968 seminal novel by Alistair [=MacLean=] (who also wrote ''Literature/TheGunsOfNavarone''). It was made into an action thriller set in starring Creator/ClintEastwood and Creator/RichardBurton. It follows in the footsteps of ''Literature/TheGunsOfNavarone'', where there was a shift in war movies, eschewing historical accuracy in favour of exploding Nazis, and a very high {{HSQ}} in order to appeal to a new generation of moviegoers.

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'''''Where ''Where Eagles Dare''''' Dare'' is a 1968 seminal novel by Alistair [=MacLean=] (who also wrote ''Literature/TheGunsOfNavarone''). It was made into an action thriller set in starring Creator/ClintEastwood and Creator/RichardBurton. It follows in the footsteps of ''Literature/TheGunsOfNavarone'', where there was a shift in war movies, eschewing historical accuracy in favour of exploding Nazis, and a very high {{HSQ}} in order to appeal to a new generation of moviegoers.



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!!''Where Eagles Dare'' provides examples of the following tropes:

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!!''Where Eagles Dare'' provides examples of the following tropes:
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* AnachronismStew: General Rosemeyer arrives in a postwar American Bell helicopter.



* DarkerAndEdgier: [=McLean=]'s novel is considerably less violent than the movie. While plenty of people still get killed in the various shootouts [[spoiler:and Christiansen and Berkeley still die in the cable car fight]], [=McLean=] has the commandos non-fatally disable most of the PunchClockVillain Nazi guards they encounter. Most famously, [[spoiler:Smith rescues a radio operator he'd tied up earlier from burning to death, and, instead of shooting all the high-ranking Nazis at the dinner table, he and Schaffer just inject them with a drug which knocks them out.]]



** Bizarrely, the movie manages to restrain itself from this trope right up until the final scene (despite the usual staples of cars flying off bridges etc. having already provided ample opportunity for this trope), where one of the Kübelwagens blows up.

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** Bizarrely, the movie manages to restrain itself from this trope right up until the final scene (despite the usual staples of cars flying off bridges etc. bridges, etc., having already provided ample opportunity for this trope), where one of the Kübelwagens blows up.



* FaceHeelTurn / HeelFaceTurn: Smith manages both in the space of five minutes [[spoiler:in order to first convince Rosemeyer and Kramer that Schaffer is an American assassin in order to gain their trust so he can kill Rosemeyer, and then back again when he's collected the information he needs and kills them]].

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* FaceHeelTurn / & HeelFaceTurn: Smith manages both in the space of five minutes [[spoiler:in order to first convince Rosemeyer and Kramer that Schaffer is an American assassin in order to gain their trust so he can kill Rosemeyer, and then back again when he's collected the information he needs and kills them]].



* FauxAffablyEvil: Von Hapen. Unlike his fellow Germans, his niceness is just a facade to trick people into trusting him. This is just in the movie, though; in the book Captain von Brauchitsch comes off as more truly AffablyEvil like Rosemeyer and Kramer.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero -- Major John Smith
** TheLancer -- Lieutenant Morris Schaffer
** TheChick -- Mary Ellison
** TheSmartGuy -- General George Carnaby
** SixthRanger -- Heidi

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Von Hapen. Unlike his fellow Germans, his niceness is just a facade façade to trick people into trusting him. This is just in the movie, though; in the book Captain von Brauchitsch comes off as more truly AffablyEvil like Rosemeyer and Kramer.
* %%* FiveManBand:
** %%** TheHero -- Major John Smith
** %%** TheLancer -- Lieutenant Morris Schaffer
** %%** TheChick -- Mary Ellison
** %%** TheSmartGuy -- General George Carnaby
** %%** SixthRanger -- Heidi



* HollywoodSilencer: Averted quite nicely. Schaffer's silenced Walther PPK makes a sort of loud "Chnk!" sound when it fires. Distinct and unmistakeably a firearm, yet unnoticed in the midst of confusion or if fired with a large room and a closed door between the shooter and those he doesn't want to alert. While individual silencers vary, this is the typically described sound of a handgun equipped with a silencer from the WWII Era.

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* HollywoodSilencer: Averted quite nicely. Schaffer's silenced Walther PPK makes a sort of loud "Chnk!" sound when it fires. Distinct and unmistakeably unmistakably a firearm, yet unnoticed in the midst of confusion or if fired with a large room and a closed door between the shooter and those he doesn't want to alert. While individual silencers vary, this is the typically described sound of a handgun equipped with a silencer from the WWII Era.Era.
* JustPlaneWrong: General Rosemeyer arrives in a postwar American Bell helicopter.



* LighterAndSofter: [=McLean=]'s novel is considerably less violent than the movie. While plenty of people still get killed in the various shootouts [[spoiler:and Christiansen and Berkeley still die in the cable car fight]], [=McLean=] has the commandos non-fatally disable most of the PunchClockVillain Nazi guards they encounter. Most famously, [[spoiler:Smith rescues a radio operator he'd tied up earlier from burning to death, and, instead of shooting all the high-ranking Nazis at the dinner table, he and Schaffer just inject them with a drug which knocks them out.]]



* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Killing Carnaby is suggested by Christiansen at the start of the mission as a way to stop him from divulging key D-Day information to the Germans.
-->'''Christiansen:''' There is, of course, another way, sir. A way with a 100% guarantee of success. Whistle up a Pathfinder squadron of Lancasters with 10-ton bombs. I don't think anybody in that castle would ''ever'' talk again.\\
'''Admiral Rolland:''' Nor do I think that you grasp the realities of the situation. The captured man, Gen. Carnaby, is an American. If we were to destroy him, then I think Gen. Eisenhower might launch his second front against us rather than against the Germans. There are certain... ''niceties'' to be observed in our relationship with our allies.



* StupidJetpackHitler: Nazis with helicopters!
** Was in the book. Also TruthInTelevision. The Nazis [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flettner_Fl_282 did have]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke_Achgelis_Fa_223 operational helicopters]] and where experimenting with how to use them anticipating many modern uses. The Flettner Fl 282 for example was used for Anti-Submarine Warfare, an ancestor of modern ASW helicopters.

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* StupidJetpackHitler: Nazis with helicopters!
** Was
helicopters! It was in the book. Also book, and also TruthInTelevision. The Nazis [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flettner_Fl_282 did have]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke_Achgelis_Fa_223 operational helicopters]] and where experimenting with how to use them them, anticipating many modern uses. The Flettner Fl 282 for example was used for Anti-Submarine Warfare, an ancestor of modern ASW helicopters.



* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Suggested by Christiansen at the start of the mission as a way to stop Carnaby from divulging key D-Day information to the Germans.
-->'''Christiansen''': There is, of course, another way, sir. A way with a 100% guarantee of success. Whistle up a Pathfinder squadron of Lancasters with 10-ton bombs. I don't think anybody in that castle would ''ever'' talk again.
-->'''Admiral Rolland''': Nor do I think that you grasp the realities of the situation. The captured man, Gen. Carnaby, is an American. If we were to destroy him, then I think Gen. Eisenhower might launch his second front against us rather than against the Germans. There are certain... ''niceties'' to be observed in our relationship with our allies.
25th Mar '15 2:10:10 AM StFan
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* CableCarActionSequence: Smith fights Nazi spies [[spoiler:Christiansen and Berkeley]] on top of one.

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* CableCarActionSequence: Toward the end of the movie, a lengthy fight inside and on top of a cable-car happens, complete with jumps between two crossing gondolas. Smith fights Nazi spies [[spoiler:Christiansen and Berkeley]] on top of one.it.
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