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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
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The false army that Faber finds in this film is based on historical fact. Germany knew that the D-Day invasion (known as Operation Overlord) was coming, that it was likely to be in early June, and even that the likely points of attack were Normandy and the Pas de Calais. Operation Fortitude was designed to convince the Germans that the Allies' major strength would be focused on attacking Calais, so that most of the German forces would be defending that spot instead of Normandy. It worked so well that, even after June 6, the Germans kept many forces stationed at Calais, in anticipation of a second wave attack there. See more »
Just before ditching the stolen motor cycle Faber crossed Connel Bridge near Oban. In the period of the film it was a railway and road bridge, and there were no signs of railway lines. (In the 1960s it was also a toll bridge.) See more »
[calling on radio to submarine]
Singvogel. Hier ist die Nadel. Kommen.
["Songbird. This is the Needle. Come."]
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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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