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The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

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

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Corporal Kuniski
Richard Wren
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Storyline

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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25 December 1976 (Finland)  »

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The Eagle Has Landed  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)| (some 35 mm prints) (London premiere print)

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A funny thing about having a small stunt team: One of the German soldiers shoots & kill the driver of an American jeep, so it crashes into the pond. Both the German AND the driver of the jeep is played by the same stuntman Jim Dowdall. He kills himself, so to speak... See more »

Goofs

When Liam Devlin crosses the barbed wire to follow Molly onto the beach, the sign saying that the beach is mined is at an oblique angle and tangled in the wire. A minute or two later as they are leaving the beach, the sign is more upright and planted firmly in the sand. 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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difficult to believe but great entertainment
23 June 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an exceptional war movie about a supposed plot by the Nazis to kidnap Churchill. Michael Caine is a German officer who speaks perfect English and leads a team of paratroopers who are disguised as Poles. The cover story is that they are a Free Polish regiment on maneuvers in Britain. At the same time, IRA leader Donald Sutherland helps lay the groundwork for their arrival.

The story is very complex and the acting is first-rate. Provided you don't think too much, this is a highly entertaining film. Sure, the Nazis didn't attempt such a mission, but I enjoyed this alternative history movie.


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