Operation Crossbow war movie
Operation Crossbow war movie

Operation Crossbow (1965, United Kingdom)

Categories: bombardment moviesspy movies

Running time: 115 minutes

Language: English / German


In 1944 Germans are running tests of their V-1 flying bombs in order to fix their faults. They even go as far as attach small cockpit and using test pilots as cannon fodder to find the reasons why the V-1 has problems with keeping the right course. British intelligence receive informations about V-1 and German new "wunderwaffe" (wonder weapon) - the V-2 rockets. The British have to intercept more informations about this weapons before they will be fired at their land, so they setup a small team of German-speaking volunteers and give them false identity as scientists, so they would be recruited by Germans for the production of V-1 and V-2. Everything works well until the false identities of the spies turns out to be not as perfect as they expected.

Operation Crossbow is a mixture of spy movie, war movie and action movie - sounds like all the right ingredients for a hit, but to put it in a nutshell it wasnít. Cast packed with well-known actors, interesting plot and few twists would make much better impression if the movie wasnít that long (almost 2 hours) and some scenes could have been cut much shorter. On the other hand some scenes actually were cut off the final movie, but not not the right ones Iím affraid. Also some historical events have been altered in the script which makes it less accurate.




Our rating

5.6

Film value

6 / 10

Realism factor

2 / 5

Adventure factor

3 / 5

Historical accuracy

3 / 5



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Events depicted in Operation Crossbow

World War II (1936-1945)





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