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Eye of the Needle (1981)

 -  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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german | love | spy | u boat | murder | See more »

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To love a stranger is easy... To kill a lover is not. See more »

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Romance | Thriller | War

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24 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nålens öga  »

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SEK 5,742,895 (Sweden)
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A cottage and lighthouse were constructed on the The Isle of Mull for the production of this movie. The set building utilized the skills of a seventy-two year old master thatcher, a local of the island. See more »

Goofs

The opening credits roll over scenes of British soldiers at a train station and in the background is a truck with US Army markings. After the credits, there is a title card marked "London 1940". However, the US wouldn't enter the war for another year so there shouldn't be any US military vehicles present. See more »

Quotes

Faber: The war has come down to the two of us.
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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Pretty and romantic WWII spy thriller
5 March 2006 | by (Riehen, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I am satisfied with EYE OF THE NEEDLE. There are many plots and twists without great special effects or action. Anyway, the film shows a spy story set in the second World War and that is well directed. The picture and camera work is not as perfect as in today's big blockbusters but it doesn't shock because it is well compensated with historical details and facts from that war time. It's interesting seeing Donald Sutherland in this role as a lover and villain. He is for me one of the great actors that made many enjoyable thrillers. All in all a watchable movie that has a better class than these disappointing thrillers of nowadays and once again a DVD from the house of MGM that works for an entertaining Saturday evening. My wife and me vote 7/10 that matches exactly the actual vote of 7/10.


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