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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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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 more »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Nålens öga  »

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SEK 5,742,895 (Sweden)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Several of the trains shown in the film are in British Railways livery but British Railways was not formed until 1948. See more »

Quotes

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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Donald Sutherland at his best in one of the most fascinating spy films ever!
3 March 2005 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Director Richard Marquand and all the crew involved brought us a memorable film that keeps us on the edge of our seat from the beginning to the very last minute. The story follows a Nazi spy named Henry Faber (an extremely vicious Donald Sutherland), also known by his code name "The Needle", who is on to an important information about the Allies invasion plan to Europe during WW2 and might cause a disaster if he gets with that information to Berlin. Kate Nelligan gives a perfect performance as the naive Lucy who gets involved with the dangerous Henry Faber. Adopted from Ken Follet's novel, The film successfully keeps the tension on high level in just about every scene. The film is shot in a remarkably beautiful locations in Europe and really captures the alienated atmosphere during WW2. All in all this is a perfect film that shouldn't be missed by anyone who is looking for a powerful and memorable experience. This one is highly recommended 10/10.


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