They Who Dare


Drama / History / War

IMDb Rating 5.5 10 669

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March 12, 2022 at 08:19 PM


David Peel as Sergeant Evans
William Russell as Lieut. Poole
Denholm Elliott as Sergeant Corcoran
Dirk Bogarde as Lieut. Graham
991.96 MB
English 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 47 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 6 / 10

"Guns of Navarone"....lite.

Dirk Bogarde plays the leader of this group of commandos. Their mission is to split into two groups and simultaneously destroy two airbases in Axis controlled Greece. The immediacy and importance of the mission isn't so obvious in this one and most of the commandos are rather faceless characters.

Sometimes movies don't age well for a variety of reasons. In the case of "They Who Dare", the problem is that less than a decade after this film debuted, a very similar yet much, much better movie came out and far surpassed it. So, if today you watch the film, you're very likely to think "Wow....THE GUNS OF NAVARONE sure did this sort of thing better!"...and you'd be correct. Both films are about an international group of commandos who are secreted onto a Greek island to disrupt the Axis. With Navarone, the objective were those freakin' big guns. Here with "They Who Dare" it's an attack on two airbases. The latter film is better mostly because it has a better cast, more interesting script and a nice Hollywood polish this one lacks. Now it's not a bad film...but it certainly isn't close to the quality of the latter film.

By the way, one way this film differed greatly was that once the guns were blown up, the British Navy arrived and rescued the heroes. However, in this Bogarde film, the mission is completed and then they have to work their way OUT of Greece...kind of on their own! And, this makes up a substantial portion of the film...which also makes the film run on way too long.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 5 / 10

Slightly plodding WW2 men-on-a-mission movie

THEY WHO DARE is one of the more disappointing WW2 movies I've watched. Where the film should be tense and exciting it just sort of trudges along through the story, much like the same characters. Despite the narrative being chock-full of dramatic events, nothing in the picture is ever very exciting, and you don't end up caring much about the fate of the characters one way or the other. It keeps you watching throughout, but I was expecting to be on the edge of my seat and I never was.

The story is about a squad of British commandos who arrive on the island of Rhodes with the objective of blowing up a German airfield. Their mission is full of the usual problems and complexities, and things are far from over when they finally arrive at their destination. The film is full of stunning Greek scenery and has some strong character work from the likes of Akim Tamiroff, but the plodding pace and seeming disinterest of the director works against it.

Dirk Bogarde is a good choice for the youthful hero, tough and yet humane at the same time. I've always been a fan of Denholm Elliott so there's nothing to complain about there either. In addition, character actors who are usually limited to brief cameo parts in low budget movies, such as Sam Kydd and Eric Pohlmann, get bigger and better roles than usual. The story has the sting of realism to it, but at the same time remains uninvolving throughout. I've not seen any of Lewis Milestone's other movies so I can't say how much he's to fault.

Reviewed by boblipton 5 / 10

A Poor Print Makes An Unwatchable Film

It's the Second World War. Dirk Bogarde is sent on a mission to Rhodes to destroy two Axis airbases with a crew of British commandos and Greek partisans.

The copy of this movie that played on TCM today was in poor shape. Not only was it too dark to reveal much in the way of details, but the color balance on the Technicolor print it was drawn from -- or perhaps the telecine it was converted on -- was off; the dark-for-night scenes had gigantic swaths of blue, and the faces of the actors verged on orange. the cinematography by Wilkie Cooper looks like it was bleached into impressionism. It looks like it was drawn from a bad 16 mm. TV print. In addition, while there were many scenes shot on location in the Dodecanese, there were a tremendous number of process shots put together in such a way that there was no mistaking them.

It's a shame, because it's a talented director -- Lewis Milestone -- with actors worth looking at: Dirk Bogarde, Denholm Elliott, Akim Tamiroff, Gerard Oury, and Eric Pohlman head the cast list.

I think this movie is worth another attempt, but until I can see a copy drawn from senior 35 mm. elements, I cannot recommend this to anyway. If someone is aware of a better copy, I would like to know of it.

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