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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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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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24 July 1981 (USA)  »

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La isla de las tormentas  »

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Final cinema movie of actor Sam Kydd. See more »


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 »


Faber: The war has come down to the two of us.
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Roses and Moonlight
Music by Alan Moorhouse
KPM Music Ltd
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Tight, kinetic suspenser
1 January 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Donald Sutherland is superb as "The Needle", a Nazi spy pursued by the British government during World War II. Circumstances land him on Storm Island, a small, wind-swept patch of land off the English coast. There he falls in love with the sensual Kate Nelligan, the unhappy, lonely wife of a crippled war vet.

The late Richard Marquand's second feature film is a gripping, suspenseful wartime drama about doomed love. The blazing glow of this film is enhanced by sizzling yet subtle scenes of lovemaking and a stunning Miklos Rosza score.

The island vistas are breathtaking and Alan Hulme's pictures are rich and moody.

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