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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
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This movie features World War II's large-scale counter-espionage deception activities conducted by the Allies to prevent Nazi Germans from discovering the location of Operation Overlord's D-Day Normandy landing place and to divert them from this area. The codename for this mission was Operation Fortitude which was part of a larger campaign which was codenamed Operation Bodyguard. See more »
When Faber is trying to get into the house he says "I'm not going to hurt you Lucy, I promise, but I am coming in" we see him reaching up for the bolt as he finishes this line and his lips are not moving. See more »
[calling on radio to submarine]
Singvogel. Hier ist die Nadel. Kommen.
["Songbird. This is the Needle. Come."]
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Sutherland proves that having sex is easier than riding a bike!
Eye of the Needle is based on historical fact - the allies deceived the Germans into thinking that the D-Day invasion would take place at Calais rather than Normandy by assembling a dummy military force in Kent (not East Anglia as in the film). However, the intelligence and counter-intelligence manoeuvres that took place in maintaining this deception were rather more complex than in this simplistic movie.
The best part of the film is the culminating love affair on a remote Scottish island between the murderous German spy, Faber (Donald Sutherland), and the sexually frustrated Lucy (Kate Nelligan), which is credible and convincingly portrayed. Sutherland also has a few good scenes in the earlier parts of the movie, though certainly not the opening sequence with his curious accent and ludicrously stiff one-handed cycling! But most of the other characters are cardboard stereotypes, and the dialogue would not have been out of place in a 1930s B picture. (In particular, Ian Bannen as an MI5 sleuth makes the least of some especially ludicrous lines.)
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