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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 plot to kidnap Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall
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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 All (88) »

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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)  »

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La isla de las tormentas  »

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Apparently, a number of story elements from this movie were re-worked into the Bollywood film Fanaa (2006) where an Indian woman replaces the English woman and the German spy is replaced with an Indian Army Officer who is really a Kashmiri terrorist. See more »

Goofs

The opening credits roll over scenes of British soldiers at a train station and in the background is a truck with US Army markings. After the credits, there is a title card marked "London 1940". However, the US wouldn't enter the war for another year so there shouldn't be any US military vehicles present. 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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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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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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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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