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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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24 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nålens öga  »

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SEK 5,742,895 (Sweden)
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Though Donald Sutherland portrays a Nazi German spy, he is never seen in German Nazi military uniform in this movie and only vaguely as a German army cadet in a black-and-white group photo. 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 »

Quotes

Faber: [calling on radio to submarine] Singvogel. Hier ist die Nadel. Kommen.
["Songbird. This is the Needle. Come."]
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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung by wedding guests with modified lyrics ("For They Are Jolly Good Fellows")
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Sutherland proves that having sex is easier than riding a bike!
28 July 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

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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