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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:
Generally gets the thumbs-up, but has a couple of slightly disappointing features. See more (87 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)
Joachim von Ribbentrop ... Himself - Greets Mussolini and Hitler, Wears White Lapels (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kent Williams ... Mallory (uncredited)
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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)
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)
 
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)
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)
 
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
Ray Freeborn .... location manager
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (as Geoffrey Freeman)
Ray Frift .... location manager
Hubert Fröhlich .... German adviser (as Hubert Froehlich)
Lew Grade .... presenter: for (as Sir Lew Grade)
Bernard Hanson .... location manager
Sally Jones .... continuity
Åke Lindman .... Finnish production consultant (as Ake Lindman)
Andrew Mollo .... historical consultant
John Dodds .... runner (uncredited)
Paul Tivers .... set runner (uncredited)
 
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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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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 | 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)
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Trivia:
In his autobiography Michael Caine confessed to being somewhat disappointed with the end product: "The picture was being directed by the Hollywood old-timer John Sturges [...], and we were all very pleased that this illustrious veteran had agreed to direct our film. That is, until one day when I was talking to him between set-ups and he informed me that now that he was older, he only ever worked to get the money to go fishing, which was his passion. Deep-see fishing off Baja, California, he added, which was very expensive. The moment the picture finished he took the money and went. [Producer] Jack Wiener later told me that he never came back for the editing nor for any of the other post-production sessions that are where a director does some of his most important work. The picture wasn't bad, but I still get angry when I think of what it could have been with the right director. We had committed the old European sin of being impressed by someone just because he came from Hollywood."See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: At approximately 1 hr 36 min into the film, when Colonel Pitts goes to kick in the door to Mrs Grey's house, it starts to open before he kicks it.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:
Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV)See more »

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46 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Generally gets the thumbs-up, but has a couple of slightly disappointing features., 13 May 2004
Author: Jonathon Dabell (barnaby.rudge@hotmail.co.uk) from Todmorden, England

Based on a best-selling tall story by Jack Higgins, and featuring an all-star cast that must've cost half the budget just to get to sign up for the project, The Eagle Has Landed is an enjoyable but slightly overlong wartime actioner.

German soldier Max Radl (Robert Duvall) comes up with an audacious plot to deliver a devastating blow to the Allied forces by kidnapping Winston Churchill from a Norfolk village. A team of deadly German spies, led by Kurt Steiner (Michael Caine), are smuggled into England to carry out this sinister scheme. Aided by an Irish mercenary (Donald Sutherland), the German forces rapidly and ruthlessly close in on their target. Only an inexperienced American garrison, posted in a quiet corner of Norfolk, can stand in the way of a devastating German victory.

The Eagle Has Landed is one of the few films where the all-star cast doesn't have a detrimental effect. In films like A Bridge Too Far and The Longest Day, the presence of so many stars actually results in a game of "star-spotting", and this diverts the audience's attention away from important plot developments. In The Eagle Has Landed, each actor brings depth and charisma to their strongly written roles (especially Sutherland as the devious Irish rogue, and Duvall as an eye-patch wearing Nazi). This film's faults lie elsewhere. The opening hour and a quarter goes on rather too much and ought to have been trimmed by at least fifteen minutes. Also, the plot rides its luck with increasingly less likely, less plausible developments (especially the unpersuasive "twist" ending). For these reasons, The Eagle Has Landed isn't quite the excellent film you might be hoping for. What it is, however, is an enjoyable, well-acted and very watchable slice of escapism.

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