The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  25 December 1976 (Finland)
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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 <>

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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:

L'aigle s'est envolé  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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This is the final film directed by John Sturges. 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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Strong Second Half Saves Boring First Hour
10 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I almost gave up on this film after the first hour. It was just too slow for me and I was having difficulty picking up some of dialog with the foreign accents (no subtitles are offered on the DVD).

However, once the "invasion" started the film was very interesting. The only ridiculous part was the role played by Larry Hagman. Liberal Hollywood loves to portray every Southerner as a gung-ho, out-of-control military freak. If I was from the South, I would have been highly offended at this stereotype.

What's really different about this film is that it's a World War II story told from the German side where the Germans are pictured as humane people. You don't see that too much from English-speaking filmmakers.

Michael Caine is the most likable of these people, one of those given the assignment of kidnapping Winston Churchill (interesting premise, off the best- selling book by Jack Higgins). Donald Sutherland plays an Irishman recruited to help in the kidnapping and he's fun to watch.

This is really a man's movie, something like "The Guns Of Navarone," but they inserted Jenny Agutter in here to give the viewers a pretty face and some romance, even though it has absolutely no bearing on the story.

Robert Duvall, Jean Marsh, Treat Williams, Donald Pleasance and Anthony Quayle are some of the other "name" actors who contribute. All in all, a pretty good movie if you can get by that first hour!

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