A German plot to kidnap Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colonel Steiner
Colonel Radl
Captain von Neustadt
Captain Clark
Colonel Pitts
Alexei Jawdokimov ...
Corporal Kuniski
Richard Wren


Oberst Steiner, a German parachute unit commander, is sent to England on a covert mission to kidnap Prime Minister Winston Churchill and bring him to Berlin. The seemingly impossible assignment becomes more and more feasible as the mission grows nearer with Steiner and his men arriving in England to a very real possibility of success. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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The daring World War II plot that changed the course of history. See more »


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Release Date:

25 December 1976 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Der Adler ist gelandet  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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Michael Caine was originally offered the role of Devlin but did not want to play an IRA member and requested to play Steiner instead. See more »


The portrait of Hitler that can be seen in the foreground at the Himmler office was made near the end of the war (it's his last official portrait), later than the time that the action of the film is supposed to happen. See more »


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Narrator: [WWII News Story] September 12, 1943, German paratroopers snatched Mussolini from his mountaintop prison in Italy.
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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A Good Entertainment
11 April 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In September of 1943, Col. Max Radl (Robert Duvall) develops a plan, approved by Heinrich Himmler (Donald Pleasance), to kidnap or kill Winston Churchill in England. The rebel Col. Kurt Steiner (Michael Caine),who is arrested with his men due to insubordination, is invited to participate, since he has had a British education. They would have clean records and recover their military patents again. The condition not negotiable of Col. Kurt to accept the mission is that his men wear the German uniform below their costumes, since they are soldiers and not spies. The group, dressed like Polish soldiers, together with the Irish Liam Devlin (Donald Sutherland), goes to a coastal town, where Churchill is supposed to pass through. An incident with a girl reveals their plot to the local civilians, jeopardizing their mission.

Having an outstanding cast and the direction of John Sturges, this movie is a great entertainment, having drama, suspense, action and some comedy in right doses. Fans of war movies will certainly like it. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): 'A Águia Pousou'(' The Eagle Has Landed')

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