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The Eagle Has Landed -- A German plot to kidnap Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II.

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Director:
Writers:
Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay)
Jack Higgins (novel)
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Release Date:
25 December 1976 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
In 1943 sixteen German paratroopers landed in England. In three days they nearly won the War. See more »
Plot:
A German plot to kidnap Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
difficult to believe but great entertainment See more (93 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Caine ... Colonel Steiner

Donald Sutherland ... Liam Devlin

Robert Duvall ... Colonel Radl

Jenny Agutter ... Molly

Donald Pleasence ... Himmler

Anthony Quayle ... Admiral Canaris

Jean Marsh ... Joanna Grey

Sven-Bertil Taube ... Captain von Neustadt

John Standing ... Father Verecker

Judy Geeson ... Pamela

Treat Williams ... Captain Clark

Larry Hagman ... Colonel Pitts
Alexei Jawdokimov ... Corporal Kuniski
Richard Wren

Michael Byrne ... Karl

Joachim Hansen ... SS-Obergruppenführer
Denis Lill
Rick Parsé (as Rick Parse)
Léonie Thelen (as Leonie Thelen)
Keith Buckley
Terence Plummer (as Terry Plummer)
Tim Barlow ... George Wilde (Publican)
John Barrett ... Laker Armsby
Kate Binchy

Maurice Roëves ... Maj. Corcoran (as Maurice Roeves)

David Gilliam

Jeff Conaway ... Frazier
Asa Teeter

Rob Reece (as Robert G. Reece)
Jack McCulloch
Siegfried Rauch ... Sgt. Brandt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Allen ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Leigh Dilley ... Winston Churchill / George Fowler (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Motorbike Outrider (uncredited)
Paul Finemore ... Dead Diver (uncredited)

Anthony Forrest ... Sgt. Hayley (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself - Greets Mussolini After Rescue (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wolf Kahler ... Hauptsturmführer Fleischer (uncredited)
George Leech ... Traumer (uncredited)
Roy Marsden ... Stormbandführer Toberg, SS (uncredited)

Ferdy Mayne ... Radl's Doctor (uncredited)
Peter Miles ... Adolf Hitler (uncredited)
Benito Mussolini ... Himself - Rescued by Skorzeny (archive footage) (uncredited)
Otto Skorzeny ... Himself - Rescues Mussolini, Wears Binoculars (archive footage) (uncredited)

Malcolm Tierney ... German Officer (uncredited)
Joachim von Ribbentrop ... Himself - Greets Mussolini and Hitler, Wears White Lapels (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kent Williams ... Mallory (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sturges 
 
Writing credits
Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay)

Jack Higgins (novel)

Produced by
David Niven Jr. .... producer
Jack Wiener .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Anthony B. Richmond (director of photography) (as Anthony Richmond)
 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
 
Production Design by
Peter Murton 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Bishop 
 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist
Betty Glasow .... hairdresser
Mike Jones .... hairdresser (as Michael Jones)
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Basil Rayburn .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David C. Anderson .... assistant director (as David Anderson)
Terence Churcher .... second assistant director (as Terry Churcher)
Michael Stevenson .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Peter James .... set dresser
John Paterson .... construction manager
John Chisholm .... property master (uncredited)
Brian Muir .... sculptor (uncredited)
Cliff Robinson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Terry Wells .... stand-by property master (uncredited)
Barry Wilkinson .... stand-by props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Robin Gregory .... sound recordist
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Jeremy Hume .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Terry Sharratt .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roy Whybrow .... special effects
Chris Corbould .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Caple .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gerry Crampton .... stunt coordinator
Gillian Aldam .... stunts (uncredited)
Del Baker .... stunts (uncredited)
Andy Bradford .... stunts (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Gerry Crampton .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Dowdall .... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Emerson .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Hammatt .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Hobbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Jazzer Jeyes .... stunts (uncredited)
George Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Lester .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Mark McBride .... stunts (uncredited)
Valentino Musetti .... stunts (uncredited)
Terence Plummer .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Shepherd .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Stacey .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Weston .... stunt double: Michael Caine (uncredited)
Bill Weston .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... aerial photographer
James Bawden .... camera operator
Martin Evans .... electrical supervisor
Gordon Hayman .... camera operator: second unit
George Whitear .... stills
John Wilcox .... director of photography: second unit
Harry Jackson .... best boy (uncredited)
Mike Roberts .... focus puller (uncredited)
Derek Suter .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elsa Fennell .... wardrobe supervisor
Mike Jarvis .... wardrobe master (as Michael Jarvis)
 
Location Management
Ray Freeborn .... location manager
Ray Frift .... location manager
Bernard Hanson .... location manager
 
Music Department
Peter Watson .... music editor
John Graves .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Beharrell .... production accountant
Douglas Bianci .... aviation consultant
Edna Bianci .... aviation consultant
Penelope Forrester .... assistant to producer
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (as Geoffrey Freeman)
Hubert Fröhlich .... German adviser (as Hubert Froehlich)
Lew Grade .... presenter: for (as Sir Lew Grade)
Sally Jones .... continuity
Åke Lindman .... Finnish production consultant (as Ake Lindman)
Andrew Mollo .... historical consultant
John Dodds .... runner (uncredited)
Paul Tivers .... set runner (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
135 min | Germany:125 min (25 fps) (TV version) | UK:145 min (25 fps) (extended version) | USA:123 min | USA:131 min (DVD version)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | 4-Track Stereo (some 35 mm prints) (London premiere print)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 (1977) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating: extended version) (2004) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (2000) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (f) (cut)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Liam Devlin (Donald Sutherland) meets several of his fellow IRA members in Studley Constable, they have a brief conversation which includes several Irish phrases such as "Go raibh maith agat" and "Slán leat." Translated respectively, these phrases mean "Thank you" and "Goodbye".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator:[WWII News Story] September 12, 1943, German paratroopers snatched Mussolini from his mountaintop prison in Italy.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Pointless: Episode #3.7" (2010)See more »

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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
difficult to believe but great entertainment, 23 June 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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