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

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To love a stranger is easy... To kill a lover is not. See more »

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Romance | Thriller | War

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24 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La isla de las tormentas  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The helicopter portrayed in this film is supposed to be a Westland Dragonfly, one of Britain's first, mass produced, military helicopters which went into service several years after WWII ended. However, when the helicopter lands on the island towards the end of the film, you can see that this helicopter is in fact a Westland Widgeon fitted with a false, perspex nose. See more »

Goofs

The farm truck is left hand drive, the reverse of normal for the British Isles. 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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Connections

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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Tight, kinetic suspenser
1 January 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

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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