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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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Colonel Steiner
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Colonel Radl
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Molly
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Captain von Neustadt
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Richard Wren
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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)  »

Also Known As:

L'aigle s'est envolé  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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In both the movie and novel, it is stated that Colonel Radl fought in the "Winter War". The "Winter War" is today normally used to describe the Soviet invasion of Finland of 1939-40, of which Germany had no official part in. In the novel, the same name "Winter War" is used to describe the German invasion of Russia, more specifically the winter campaign of 1941, early 1942. This MAY be the correct contemporary description of the German invasion-winter campaign, or it could be an overlook by the author of the novel which was in turn translated to the movie. 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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It could make The Charge Of The Light Brigade look like military genius.
9 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A small Norfolk village in England is suddenly the focal point for a Polish regiment's training exercise. It would seem they are not all they are saying they are, so with Winston Churchill due to visit the village, there is something seriously afoot.

Written by Jack Higins, directed by John Sturges {The Great Escape} and starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall, The Eagle Has Landed is a different sort of war movie. Flipping the axis to a German point of view and having English and American actors playing the Germans, is a bold move that, fluctuating accents aside, makes for a totally engrossing picture. Offering a fair bit more than your standard film of men on a suicide mission for the war effort, the piece's pulp origins, and its idyllic country setting give it a quality that ensures the viewers attention stays firmly with the film's steadily paced first half. Also adding intrigue into this already interesting broth is that our main Nazi protagonist is not down with the whole killing Jews thing. It's very sly in how it pans out, its not asking the audience to feel sympathy with Steiner {Caine professionally impacting}, it's just proclaiming that not all people should be tarred with the same brush.

Mostly the cast are fine and boosted by a brilliant turn from Donald Sutherland as an IRA spy helping the Germans, Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasance, Anthony Quayle, Jenny Agutter and Jean Marsh all are solid within the picture's structure. Oddly the performance of Larry Hagman as the appropriately named Colonel Pitts sticks out like a sore thumb, buffoonery in bravado intent it's difficult to tell if it's meant to be comic relief or a statement of how the British viewed the yanks at this time? A young Treat Williams as Capt. Harry Clark ensures that not all American soldiers in the film come off as dunderheads. Playing out more as a mystery with it's various twists and turns, and seeping with tension amidst the village folk, The Eagle Has Landed is an odd sort of picture, but it certainly delivers enough to make it way above average. 6.5/10


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