6.6/10
1,339
17 user 10 critic

Night Ambush (1957)

Ill Met by Moonlight (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | July 1958 (USA)
Led by British officers, partisans on Crete plan to kidnap the island's German commander and smuggle him to Cairo, Egypt to embarrass the occupiers.

Writers:

W. Stanley Moss (adapted from the book: "Ill Met By Moonlight" The Wartime Diary in Crete of), Michael Powell | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Major Patrick Leigh Fermor D.S.O. O.B.E. also known to the Cretans and the German Secret Police as PHILEDEM
Marius Goring ... Major General Kreipe
David Oxley ... Captain W. Stanley Moss, M.C.
Dimitri Andreas Dimitri Andreas ... Niko (as Demetri Andreas)
Cyril Cusack ... Sandy
Laurence Payne ... Manoli
Wolfe Morris ... George
Michael Gough ... Andoni Zoidakis
John Cairney ... Elias
Brian Worth Brian Worth ... Stratis Saviolkis
Roland Bartrop Roland Bartrop ... Micky Akoumianakis (as Rowland Bartrop)
George Eugeniou George Eugeniou ... Charis Zographakis
Paul Stassino ... Yani Katsias
Adeeb Assaly Adeeb Assaly ... Zahari
Theo Moreas Theo Moreas ... Village Priest
Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In the first major naval battle of World War II, the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Ian Hunter
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Englishman Bruce Campbell (Sir Dirk Bogarde) takes possession of his grandfather's Canadian land, but he faces various challenges such as disgruntled locals, a ruthless contractor, a new power dam, and his own bad health.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Michael Craig
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The trials and tribulations of a group of medical students at St. Swithin's hospital in London, England.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Muriel Pavlow, Kenneth More
Honeymoon (1959)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Australian famer Kit Kelly and his new bride Anna are driving through Europe when they help a stranded motorist. They discover he is Antonio, a famous dancer. Upon learning that Anna was a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Powell
Stars: Anthony Steel, Ludmilla Tchérina, Antonio
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A violent fugitive and a mistreated small boy team up to flee from authority.

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Elizabeth Sellars
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the North Sea in 1944, passengers of a downed Royal Air Force transport aircraft talk about their lives while awaiting rescue in their dinghy.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Michael Redgrave, Dirk Bogarde, Anthony Steel
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Dr. Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) graduates and sets out into the world. Hilarious internships with a miserly doctor and his young wife, a country doctor paid in kind not cash, and a quack ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Muriel Pavlow, Donald Sinden
War | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

British N.C.O. Sergeant Major Charles Coward (Sir Dirk Bogarde) escapes from the Stalag VIII-B P.O.W. camp, and is mistakenly awarded with the Iron Cross by the Germans.

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Maria Perschy, Alfred Lynch
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A British aristocrat goes in disguise to France to rescue people from The Terror of the guillotine.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: David Niven, Margaret Leighton, Cyril Cusack
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

"Die Fledermaus" (The Bat) is the pseudonym adopted by Dr. Falke (Anton Walbrook). Floating on the buoyant waltzes of Strauss, this Viennese romp is sure to please. Disguises, tricks, and ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: Anthony Quayle, Anton Walbrook, Dennis Price
The Volunteer (1944)
War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After a masterful performance as Othello in a London theater, Ralph Richardson is asked for an autograph by Fred, his dresser. A short while later, Fred has joined the Fleet Air Arm (Fly ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: Ralph Richardson, Pat McGrath, Anna Neagle
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Grenadier Guards Captain John Fellowes prepares for the Trooping the Colour ceremony and reminisces about his years at Sandhurst Military Academy as well as his family's dramatic life.

Director: Michael Powell
Stars: Daniel Massey, Raymond Massey, Robert Stephens

Photos

Edit

Storyline

Based on the true story of how, during World War II, a gang of desparadoes (British officers enlisted for "hostilities only" and local partisans) went to the occupied island of Crete and kidnapped a German General from under the nose of his army. That was the easy bit. They then had to get him back to Cairo, Egypt, dodging an intense air and land search. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

One of the war's most dashing feats - they kidnapped a German General under the nose of his army. See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although co-Writer, co-Producer, and co-Director Michael Powell was not very pleased with this movie, nor with Sir Dirk Bogarde's performance as Major Patrick Leigh Fermor, the real Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor greatly enjoyed it, and especially for Bogarde's performance, which he described as "oneself, at the age of twenty-six". Bogarde was almost ten years older than that, in fact. See more »

Goofs

General Kreipe's Mercedes has French registration plates. (The film, set in Crete, was shot on location in France.) See more »

Quotes

Maj. Patrick Leigh Fermor aka Philedem: Field Marshal Rommel won't be in Cairo but you will be!
See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK version of the film, titled "Ill Met by Moonlight", is 11 minutes longer than the version originally released in American markets. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The South Bank Show: Michael Powell (1986) See more »

User Reviews

 
Enjoyed it
13 February 2020 | by nm169See all my reviews

I re-watched this as I am currently reading the history of Crete during WW2. Many of the component parts of the true events are in the movie, which makes it a pretty good representation of what happened without it being a documentary. Of course, you have to factor in the 1950s acting and effects limitations but, having read a little about the real-life players, it wholly underplays events. Those guys spent a long time in the mountains fighting the Nazis - might have made them a little crazy.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Greek | German

Release Date:

July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Ambush See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpes Maritimes, Alps, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed