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The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

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

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Molly
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Captain von Neustadt
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Pamela
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Colonel Pitts
Alexei Jawdokimov ...
Corporal Kuniski
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Hans Altmann
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Karl
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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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In 1943 sixteen German paratroopers landed in England. In three days they nearly won the War. See more »


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25 December 1976 (Finland)  »

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Der Adler ist gelandet  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Richard Harris was forced to drop out of the film, after he caused an uproar, by attending a fund raiser for the Provisional IRA in the United States. See more »

Goofs

In the original release, the automobile seen from the air during the opening is not the one in which Canaris arrives at HQ (different flag, different plates). A scene was deleted that shows that the first automobile is Himmler's. 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 Kendra: The Eagle Has Landed (2010) See more »

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A Fine Good Bye for John Sturges
8 December 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

"The Eagle has Landed" is a fine World War II fiction film placed in England that deals with a German commando operation planned to kidnap (or kill) Winston Chruchill.

The pìcture is most entertaining right from the start -when the plan is designed- and keeps up all along when it comes to the operation's achieving. A good script, excellent British outdoor locations, well made action sequences and a most competent cast are highlights of the film. Its also interesting that the German commandos are shown as decent and even likable men, professional soldiers that just like the allies fight a war for their country even if they don't agree with the Nazi regime that rules it.

"The Eagle has Landed" is also a good farewell from movies for director John Sturges (this is his last work in direction) a prolific man that gave us movie and western fans very good titles of the genre such us "Gunfight at OK Corral", "The Magnificent Seven", "Last Train from Gun Hill" and the more contemporary "Bad Day at Black Rock".

A most entertaining and enjoyable film in the genre.


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