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Eye of the Needle (1981)

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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Storyline

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 All (88) »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

La isla de las tormentas  »

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This movie is one of two films mostly released globally around the same time in the early 1980s (i.e. mid-1981 to 1982) that involved a love triangle between a man, an unhappy sexually frustrated wife and her irritable crippled husband. The other film was Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981). Actually, in the Eye of the Needle novel written by Ken Follett a character mentions Lady Chatterley's Lover (not by name but through a description from a moment of the book). See more »

Goofs

When David & Lucy's MG TA goes off the road an incendiary/smoke effect is already burning/smoking where the car is about to crash to the ground. See more »

Quotes

Faber: The war has come down to the two of us.
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Roses and Moonlight
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Music by Alan Moorhouse
KPM Music Ltd
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Gripping stuff
21 July 2002 | by (Liverpool, England) – See all my reviews

This film really does deserve more merit than it seems to get.

Sutherland is a bit odd, with most of all a bizarre accent that almost seems to change from scene to scene. Whilst this is perhaps expected from an international spy in deep cover, it doesn't seem to sit well.

Nelligan steals the show with a wonderful performance, but the real surprise for me was Cazenove. It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see him as the newly qualified, sparkling eyed flyboy, but his portrayal of the embittered, loveless amputee was a joy to watch - clearly a talented man.

The film wraps up a great story with wonderful acting, a great collection of WW2 military hardware and breathtaking scenery. Well worth a watch.


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