IMDb > The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
The Eagle Has Landed
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Eagle Has Landed (1976) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 30 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
The Eagle Has Landed -- A Nazi Strike Force plots to kidnap Winston Churchill while he is resting in a desolate Norfolk village.

Overview

User Rating:
6.9/10   12,822 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 5% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay)
Jack Higgins (novel)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Eagle Has Landed on IMDbPro.
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:
Strong Second Half Saves Boring First Hour See more (89 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)

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)
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)
 
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)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
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)
Country:
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 | 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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Goofs:
Anachronisms: The portrait of Hitler that can be seen in the foreground at the Himmler office was made near the end of the war (it's his last official portrait), later than the time that the action of the film is supposed to happen.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator:[WWII News Story] September 12, 1943, German paratroopers snatched Mussolini from his mountaintop prison in Italy.
See more »
Movie Connections:

FAQ

What are the differences between the theatrical version and the Extended version of the movie?
See more »
38 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Strong Second Half Saves Boring First Hour, 10 January 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

I almost gave up on this film after the first hour. It was just too slow for me and I was having difficulty picking up some of dialog with the foreign accents (no subtitles are offered on the DVD).

However, once the "invasion" started the film was very interesting. The only ridiculous part was the role played by Larry Hagman. Liberal Hollywood loves to portray every Southerner as a gung-ho, out-of-control military freak. If I was from the South, I would have been highly offended at this stereotype.

What's really different about this film is that it's a World War II story told from the German side where the Germans are pictured as humane people. You don't see that too much from English-speaking filmmakers.

Michael Caine is the most likable of these people, one of those given the assignment of kidnapping Winston Churchill (interesting premise, off the best- selling book by Jack Higgins). Donald Sutherland plays an Irishman recruited to help in the kidnapping and he's fun to watch.

This is really a man's movie, something like "The Guns Of Navarone," but they inserted Jenny Agutter in here to give the viewers a pretty face and some romance, even though it has absolutely no bearing on the story.

Robert Duvall, Jean Marsh, Treat Williams, Donald Pleasance and Anthony Quayle are some of the other "name" actors who contribute. All in all, a pretty good movie if you can get by that first hour!

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (89 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Jean Marsh's Missing Speech thorburn52
great attention to detail fvernic
'Vicar' not 'Father' torchest
Kurt Steiner haabeth
Plot to kill Churchill. Wickhmar
incorrect use of Irish term 'after'? obrien43
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Captain America: The First Avenger Miracle at St. Anna The Dirty Dozen Defiance The Cross of Iron
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Adventure section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.