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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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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 »

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As Inspector Godliman is speaking to other officials at a harbor in Scotland, modern radar antennas can be seen on some of the boats behind them. See more »

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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
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Sutherland proves that having sex is easier than riding a bike!
28 July 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Eye of the Needle is based on historical fact - the allies deceived the Germans into thinking that the D-Day invasion would take place at Calais rather than Normandy by assembling a dummy military force in Kent (not East Anglia as in the film). However, the intelligence and counter-intelligence manoeuvres that took place in maintaining this deception were rather more complex than in this simplistic movie.

The best part of the film is the culminating love affair on a remote Scottish island between the murderous German spy, Faber (Donald Sutherland), and the sexually frustrated Lucy (Kate Nelligan), which is credible and convincingly portrayed. Sutherland also has a few good scenes in the earlier parts of the movie, though certainly not the opening sequence with his curious accent and ludicrously stiff one-handed cycling! But most of the other characters are cardboard stereotypes, and the dialogue would not have been out of place in a 1930s B picture. (In particular, Ian Bannen as an MI5 sleuth makes the least of some especially ludicrous lines.)


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