Ron Goodwin: Where Eagles Dare

Released: 1968
Director: Brian G. Hutton
Cast: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood

The film: During World War II, allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner but that's not all that's really going on.

The score: Ron Goodwin’s score opens with a quiet, terse and repetitive drumbeat before a bombastic brass section joins in. It’s a simple theme tune for a film with a storyline that is anything but. Ascending scales foretell the vertiginous cliffs below the Schloss Adler, the German castle that a team led by Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood must penetrate to fulfil their objective, and the film’s climactic fight on the roof of a moving cable car.

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