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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Stephen MacKenna ...
Lieutenant
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Billy Parkin
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Lucy
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David
George Belbin ...
Lucy's Father
Faith Brook ...
Lucy's Mother
Barbara Graley ...
David's Mother
George Lee ...
Constable
Arthur Lovegrove ...
Peterson
Colin Rix ...
Oliphant
Barbara Ewing ...
Mrs. Garden
Chris Jenkinson ...
German SS Officer
William Merrow ...
German Radio Operator
Patrick Connor ...
Inspector Harris
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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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Plot Keywords:

german | love | spy | murder | island | See more »

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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

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 July 1981 (USA)  »

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Eye of the Needle  »

Box Office

Gross:

SEK 5,742,895 (Sweden)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The exotic location of the coast-swept isle known as "Storm Island" which features in the second part of this movie was portrayed in this film by The Isle of Mull, which is also known as Mull, and is located off the west coast of Scotland. It is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides and is situated in the Scottish council district of Argyll and Bute. It's Scottish Gaelic wording is spelt Muile and is pronounced mule in their dialect. It is the fourth largest island of both Scotland and also Great Britain. This island setting is depicted in this film as having few buildings and residents though in real life it is far more cosmopolitan and occupied containing its own villages, castles, and tourist spots. As a filming location, at the time of production, the island had been most famous for being the island setting in the Powell-Pressburger film, 'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945). See more »

Goofs

The car which is driven by David Rose on the island is a German 4WD type DKW Munga, which was built after the war between 1956 and 1968. See more »

Quotes

Faber: The war has come down to the two of us.
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Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
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Sung by wedding guests with modified lyrics ("For They Are Jolly Good Fellows")
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Thrilling, tightly-wound WW2 love story
23 March 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Sutherland was never darker or slicker, Kate Nelligan was never more heroic or attractive, and the outcome of World War Two was never so thoroughly in doubt. Suspenseful all the way, this movie convinces us that the Allied-Axis struggle was determined by the violent, romantic interplay among five people on a storm-tossed British isle. See it!


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