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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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Oberst Kurt Steiner
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Colonel Radl
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Molly
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Captain von Neustadt
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Pamela
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Captain Clark
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Colonel Pitts
Alexei Jawdokimov ...
Corporal Kuniski
Richard Wren ...
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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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

This was filmed during the summer of 1976, one of the hottest summers on British record. See more »

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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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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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