->''"Broadsword calling Danny Boy... Broadsword calling Danny Boy, come in, over."''
-->-- '''John Smith'''

->''They dared to go where no one would try\\
They chose to fly where eagles dare''
-->-- '''Music/IronMaiden''', "[[FilkSong Where Eagles Dare]]"

''Where Eagles Dare'' is a seminal 1968 novel by Creator/AlistairMacLean (who also wrote ''Literature/TheGunsOfNavarone''). The following year it was made into an action thriller 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.

A bunch of seven Allied paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines in the Alps, ostensibly to find and rescue a captured American general who's a key player in the plans for D-Day. However, after some members of the group appear to have been assassinated by a member of the gang and then the local Nazis are informed of their presence, it's clear to the viewer that there's a traitor in their midst. Is everyone in the team who they appear to be? Can the team accomplish their mission against all odds? And how many Nazis can be killed in just one castle anyway? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRHqtbt3ORc A lot.]] (Although that missed a few.)

As with any film involving shady deals and double crossing, spoilers ahead.

!!''Where Eagles Dare'' provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Mary takes this title by the end of the film, where she and Schaeffer gun down hordes of Nazis from the back of the bus. Also Heidi.
* AdaptationNameChange: A few in the movie.
** [[spoiler:Traitor]] Edward Carraciola is now Ted Berkeley
** Gestapo officer Captain von Brauchitsch is Major von Hapen.
** In a more minor example, Colonel Wyatt-Turner's hyphenated surname is shortened to simply Turner.
* AdventureDuo: Smith and Schaffer.
* AffablyEvil: Rosemeyer is remarkably polite and soft-spoken for a Nazi general, treating Carnaby to a fancy dinner before actually starting the interrogation. Likewise, Kramer isn't your typical sneering SS officer (''that'd'' be von Hapen). The dinner scene emphasizes their wish to be as polite as possible with Carnaby. .... Until he tries their patience, whereupon they prove that no matter how affable they are, they're still bad guys.
* 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.]]
* AntiHero:
** Schaffer kills a number of soldiers in cold blood; in fact, the others tend to leave him to that kind of work, such as when Smith stands back to allow Schaffer to stab the radio operator in the back rather than do it himself. (Although it doesn't go as planned.)
** Smith's treatment of [[spoiler:Christiansen, Thomas and Berkeley]] after they're outed as Nazi spies is quite cold. Sure, they're traitors, but the manner in which he uses and disposes of them after they're of no further use to him is pretty ruthless, such as sacrificing [[spoiler:Thomas]] to distract the pursuing Germans, and kicking a begging [[spoiler:Christiansen]] off of the cable car.
* TheAppleFallsFar: Poor [[spoiler:Christiansen]] has a good, long look at just how far he's going to have to fall when Smith kicks him off of the cable car.
* BadassCrew: Smith, Schaffer and Mary.
* BattleaxeNurse: The Nazi Fraulein is implied to be this.
* BatmanGambit: Admiral Rolland's scheme [[spoiler:to uncover the lead mole in England]].
** Smith getting Kramer to [[spoiler: confirm Turner as being the lead mole by writing his name down and Kramer confirming it, convincing Kramer that Smith knew and thus was indeed a German agent.]] Had Smith and Rolland's suspicions been wrong, the entire operation would have been blown in that instant.
* BoobyTrap: And how. Smith and Schaffer smuggle enough tripwire/timer-activated TNT into the castle to... well, blow it and everyone in it into smithereens.
* 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 it.
* CarFu: Smith's escape in a snowplough-equipped bus full of machine guns.
* TheChessmaster: Admiral Rolland and, to a lesser extent, Smith. [[spoiler:The entire operation, right down to finding a lookalike for an American general and shooting his plane down over the right part of Germany was all planned months in advance by Rolland, who confided in Smith and relied on his skills at roulette to see it through to execution.]]
* 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.]]
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:''All'' the Nazis who survived in the book die in the movie, notably Weissner and his men, and all the high-ranking officers in the dining room.]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The first line of dialogue is "Our man was brought down at 2 am in the morning."
* DoubleAgent: [[spoiler:Half of the commando party are double agents working for the Nazis. Smith is a ''triple'' agent who's managed to convince the Nazis he's a double agent working for them when in fact he's working for British counter-intelligence]].
* DressingAsTheEnemy: The protagonists dress up as Nazis to infiltrate the fortress.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: General Rosemeyer and Colonel Kramer hate the thuggish Gestapo "cluttering things up with their torture chambers." This opinion is especially interesting with Kramer, who is SS.
* EveryCarIsAPinto:
** 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.
** Played straight in the scene where Smith and Schaffer push Weissner's staff car off a cliff. It blows up midway down for no readily apparent reason.
* 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]].
* FakeDefector: [[spoiler:Smith turns in Schaffer to the German command after his apparent FaceHeelTurn.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Von Hapen. Unlike his fellow Germans, his niceness is just a 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
* GambitRoulette: Played with. [[spoiler:Rolland is aware that some of the commando group are loyal whilst others are double agents. However, only Smith, Schaffer and Rolland are aware of each other's loyalty but aren't sure which members of their own group are loyal. Part of the overall plan is to expose them.]]
* GrenadeHotPotato: Played perfectly straight with Schaffer throwing back a grenade when under siege. He later retreats when they start throwing two grenades at a time.
* GunsAkimbo: Schaffer's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMOA]] is dual-wielding [=MP40s=] to hold of dozens of soldiers.
* HighClassGlass: General Rosemeyer wears a monocle.
* HollywoodSilencer: Averted quite nicely. Schaffer's silenced Walther PPK makes a sort of loud "Chnk!" sound when it fires. Distinct and 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.
* InformedAbility: During the briefing, we're told that the men are fluent in German. Due to the TranslationConvention, they never display this in the film.
* JustPlaneWrong: General Rosemeyer arrives in a postwar American Bell helicopter. Now, Germany ''did'' have helicopters during World War II, but they look nothing like helicopters as we know them today.
* LeaveBehindAPistol: Smith cautions Schaffer against shooting [[spoiler:Colonel Wyatt-Turner]], noting "We mustn't cheat the hangman," but raises no objections when [[spoiler:Turner]] chooses to throw himself out the plane's door rather than face trial.
* LethalChef: In the novel, Torrance-Smythe is implied to be one. His movie counterpart [=MacPherson=] apparently also makes really bad coffee.
* MadeOfExplodium: Whilst most objects in this movie end up exploding quite legitimately, there's at least two vehicles that burst into flames and explode just from being pushed down a hill. Another truck seems to explode because it drives past an exploding building.
* MaleGaze: When Smith introduces Mary to Heidi.
-->'''Smith:''' Heidi's been one of our top undercover agents in Bavaria for years. And... eh... what a disguise.
* MeaningfulName
** [[spoiler:John Smith/Johann Schmidt is the man you can't trust to be who he says he is.]]
** Schaffer (Shepherd) is there to protect Smith.
** [[spoiler:Colonel Wyatt-''Turner'' is the traitor.]]
* MindScrewdriver: Whilst almost impossibly convoluted, the plan is revealed in retrospect.
-->'''Kramer:''' It's incredible![[note]]And at this point, he doesn't know even half of it.[[/note]]\\
'''Smith:''' Yes. But to the British very, very simple.\\
'''Smith:''' Lieutenant, in the next fifteen minutes, we have to create enough confusion to get out of here alive.\\
'''Schaffer:''' Major, right now you got me about as confused as I ever hope to be.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Colonel Wyatt-Turner. Whilst it's only revealed at the end of the film, it becomes apparent that the British have suspected him as the mole for a long time and organised the mission to secure proof. Not to mention all the other moles who were killed in getting that information.]]
* {{Mooks}}: Nazis are, in some scenes, literally lining up to be shot.
* MoreDakka: Many occasions throughout the film.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Invoked in-universe when Smith claims to be Himmler's brother.
* NaziNobleman: Captain von Brauchitsch (Major von Hapen in the film). General Rosemeyer also fits the trope somewhat.
* NoSeatBelts: This caused the death of the {{Mooks}} who were escorting Smith and Schaffer into custody. In particular it sends Weissner flying literally through the windshield.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent:Not only do our heroes speak English throughout the film, but (due to the TranslationConvention) they do so without any accent. Despite being fluent in German.
* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont: Subverted [[spoiler:in that Rolland removed the firing pin from Wyatt-Turner's gun before the mission started]].
* OneManArmy: Smith and Schaffer both. [[spoiler:Which is good, because the only other member of the team that is not a traitor is the girl.]] They are badass enough to accomplish the mission ''and'' demolish one of the Nazis' greatest strongholds even with the absurd odds against them.
* OverTheShoulderCarry: Schaffer does this to a dead German he threw out of Weissner's speeding car, so his body won't be found on the road.
* ThePlan: [[spoiler:The secondary plan to expose all of the other German spies present in Britain, deliver bogus D-Day plans and assassinate key officers of the Alpenkorps under the guise of a rescue attempt]].
* RatedMForManly: The celluloid was practically impregnated with testosterone prior to filming.
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler:Smith]]
* RuleOfCool: Quite possibly one of the earliest examples of an entire movie being built on this.
* 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''.
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: The title comes from ''Theatre/RichardIII''.
--> "The world is grown so bad, that wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch."
* SoftWater: Necessary for their escape from the cable car.
* 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.
* StormingTheCastle: The Schloss Adler can be approached only by cable car, under (over?) the watchful eye of an entire battalion of Nazi troopers.
* StuffBlowingUp: Pretty much every prop and set used throughout the film gets exploded.
* StupidJetpackHitler: Nazis with helicopters! It was in the 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, anticipating many modern uses. The Flettner Fl 282 for example was used for Anti-Submarine Warfare, an ancestor of modern ASW helicopters.
* ThoseWackyNazis: A classic reinforcer of a lot of the stereotypes. There's the sinister Gestapo officer, the aristocratic generals and the tight-lipped torture-frau, not to mention the soon-to-be-exploded {{Mooks}} shown to be continually living it up in Bierkellers.
* ThrowAwayGuns: Our good guys seems to have a never-ending supply of [=MP40s=]. Seeing how many Mooks they mow down, it's rather justified.
* TranslationConvention: Everyone speaks English (though a partial HandWave comes from the fact that the protagonists are fluent in German).
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: When Schaffer asks Smith what the hell is going on, the cameraman wanders off. [[spoiler:Turns out Smith probably lied anyway, considering he pulls a gun on Schaffer later and calls him a second-rate punk.]]
* WalkIntoMordor: You can't simply parachute on Schloss Adler, or climb the mountain below it. You have to take the heavily guarded cable car!
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Actually averted in both film and book. In either, the nameless Nazi {{Mooks}} are treated no better or worse than their superiors by the heroes.
* WindmillCrusader: Played with/inverted; all of the team are sent in to the castle to rescue the general, but only Smith and Mary are aware that the whole setup is a complete fabrication, and most of the rest of the team are the bad guys.
* XanatosSpeedChess: [[spoiler:Smith's part in Rolland's BatmanGambit is to continually fiddle the plan to either expose or eliminate the double agents whilst the treacherous members of his team try to eliminate the loyal ones.]]
* YouJustToldMe: Used as part of ThePlan; [[spoiler:because he's convinced Schmidt is actually a double agent working for the Germans, Kramer voluntarily gives Smith the notebooks containing the lists of spy contacts working undercover in Britain ''and'' confirms the name of the lead mole]].