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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

L'aigle s'est envolĂ©  »

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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 »

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The story is set on the North Norfolk coast, which is flat and marshy (and the Donald Sutherland character takes the job of Marsh Warden). Unfortunately many of the coastal shots show cliffs, bays, creeks and sand dunes which just aren't there. For example, the wooded creek where the converted MTB picks up Hans, could not be in North Norfolk. See more »

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A superb colorful war movie
18 August 2001 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Usually I do not like war movies, but this one is excellent seen from different point of views.

The dialogue is fantastic and helps describing the characters. Every line is as written for the actors.

And what an incredible cast: Michael Caine as Nazi officer driven by duty and honor, Donald Sutherland as an amazing Irish dog and horse whisperer (there is always those sparkling glimpses in his eyes!), Robert Duval as colonel Radl (he does not play the character - he IS in fact the colonel), Donald Pleasance as a slimy and yet funny Himmler and not to forget the energic Larry Hagman as "home made" American red neck officer. Besides that a good supporting cast.

But what is more important in this well done movie is the complexity of the war combatants - e.g. Caine trying to save a jewish women from certain death, one of his soldiers saving a little English girl from drowning at the water mill, Hagman as an incompetent, but yet war loving officer, sacrificing of an actor who takes over Churchill's part. The conclusion is that when you cut down to basics you will find honorable men among the enemies (Nazis) and less sympathetic men among the Allied.

By the way - there is a lot of humor on both sides - and that is not too bad though!


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