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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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This movie is one of two films mostly released globally around the same time in the early 1980s (i.e. mid-1981 to 1982) that involved a love triangle between a man, an unhappy sexually frustrated wife and her irritable crippled husband. The other film was Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981). Actually, in the Eye of the Needle novel written by Ken Follett a character mentions Lady Chatterley's Lover (not by name but through a description from a moment of the book). See more »

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The submarine that is going to pick up the needle is U53. U53 was sunk on the 23 of feb. 1940 In the North sea by the British destroyer HMS Gurkha. See more »

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Faber: [calling on radio to submarine] Singvogel. Hier ist die Nadel. Kommen.
["Songbird. This is the Needle. Come."]
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When My Little Pomeranian Met Your Little Pekinese
(1933) (uncredited)
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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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