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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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Cast

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Lieutenant
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Billy Parkin
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George Belbin ...
Lucy's Father
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Lucy's Mother
Barbara Graley ...
David's Mother
George Lee ...
Constable
Arthur Lovegrove ...
Peterson
Colin Rix ...
Oliphant
Barbara Ewing ...
Mrs. Garden
Chris Jenkinson ...
German SS Officer
William Merrow ...
German Radio Operator
Patrick Connor ...
Inspector Harris
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Storyline

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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Codename: "The Needle". Only one person can stop him: The woman who loves him ! See more »

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Romance | Thriller | War

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La isla de las tormentas  »

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Box Office

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$17,583,634
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is what led George Lucas to hire Richard Marquand to direct Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Lucas was mainly impressed how Marquand was able to finish a difficult production on time and on budget, a factor whic was critical on a huge production like Star Wars. Lucas also had to hire someone who was not a member of the Hollywood director's union as he was having a dispute with the Director's Guild at the time. See more »

Goofs

The opening credits roll over scenes of British soldiers at a train station and in the background is a truck with US Army markings. After the credits, there is a title card marked "London 1940". However, the US wouldn't enter the war for another year so there shouldn't be any US military vehicles present. 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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Soundtracks

When My Little Pomeranian Met Your Little Pekinese
(1933) (uncredited)
Written by Jack Little, Ira Schuster and Dave Oppenheim
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Thrilling, tightly-wound WW2 love story
23 March 2000 | by 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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