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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 | woman | love | spy | u boat | See All (89) »

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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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The meaning and relevance of this film's title "Eye of the Needle" is that it is a reference to the eye of the stiletto blade that Nazi spy Henry Faber uses to kill his enemies. The needle of the title is in this case a metaphor for the stiletto blade. The title represents a slight reworking of the wording of and an allusion to, the aphorism "Eye of a Needle". The eye of a needle is the top part of a needle (opposite to the prick or point) which has an oval loop made for thread, the circular oval shape being a metaphor for an "eye." See more »

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When Lucy drives up to (followed by Farber on foot) the lighthouse, and ditches the car, the twilight shows mostly clear skies, yet it is pouring rain and we are led to assume very stormy weather. See more »

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Faber: The war has come down to the two of us.
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Roses and Moonlight
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Music by Alan Moorhouse
KPM Music Ltd
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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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