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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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Codename: "The Needle". Only one person can stop him: The woman who loves him ! See more »

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Romance | Thriller | War

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24 July 1981 (USA)  »

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SEK 5,742,895 (Sweden)
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Debut credited theatrical feature film of actor Bill Nighy though Nighy's appearance in the earlier tele-movie Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980) did also get theatrically released in some territories. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Lucy is getting away in the truck, we see it has normal peace-time headlights, not the black-out ones during the war. See more »

Quotes

Faber: [calling on radio to submarine] Singvogel. Hier ist die Nadel. Kommen.
["Songbird. This is the Needle. Come."]
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Roses and Moonlight
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Music by Alan Moorhouse
KPM Music Ltd
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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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