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Eye of the Needle (1981)

R  |   |  Romance, Thriller, War  |  24 July 1981 (USA)
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A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband.

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A German spy carrying information that will reveal the target of Operation Overlord becomes involved with the wife of a crippled man on an isolated island off the Scottish coast while he waits to be picked up. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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SEK 5,742,895 (Sweden)
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The meaning and relevance of this film's title "Eye of the Needle" is that it is a reference to the eye of the stiletto blade that Nazi spy Henry Faber uses to kill his enemies. The needle of the title is in this case a metaphor for the stiletto blade. The title represents a slight reworking of the wording of and an allusion to, the aphorism "Eye of a Needle". The eye of a needle is the top part of a needle (opposite to the prick or point) which has an oval loop made for thread, the circular oval shape being a metaphor for an "eye." See more »

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While in the taxi, approaching the railway station, you can see double yellow lines through the car window. Double yellow lines were first introduced in 1958. See more »

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Faber: The war has come down to the two of us.
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Tight, kinetic suspenser
1 January 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Donald Sutherland is superb as "The Needle", a Nazi spy pursued by the British government during World War II. Circumstances land him on Storm Island, a small, wind-swept patch of land off the English coast. There he falls in love with the sensual Kate Nelligan, the unhappy, lonely wife of a crippled war vet.

The late Richard Marquand's second feature film is a gripping, suspenseful wartime drama about doomed love. The blazing glow of this film is enhanced by sizzling yet subtle scenes of lovemaking and a stunning Miklos Rosza score.

The island vistas are breathtaking and Alan Hulme's pictures are rich and moody.


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