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The Eagle Has Landed ()


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A German plot to kidnap Sir Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II.

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Oberst Kurt Steiner
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Liam Devlin
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Colonel Radl
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Molly
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Himmler
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Admiral Canaris
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Joanna Grey
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Captain von Neustadt
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Father Verecker
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Pamela
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Captain Clark
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Colonel Pitts
Alexei Jawdokimov ...
Corporal Kuniski
Richard Wren ...
Hans Altmann
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Karl
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SS-Obergruppenführer
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Churchill's aide
Rick Parsé ...
E-Boat Commander (as Rick Parse)
Léonie Thelen ...
Branna (as Leonie Thelen)
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Hauptmann Gericke
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Arthur Seymour (as Terry Plummer)
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George Wilde (Publican)
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Laker Armsby
Kate Binchy ...
Mrs. Wilde
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Maj. Corcoran (as Maurice Roeves)
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Sgt. Murphy
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Frazier
Asa Teeter
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(as Robert G. Reece)
Jack McCulloch
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Sgt. Brandt
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Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Leigh Dilley ...
Winston Churchill / George Fowler (uncredited)
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Motorbike Outrider (uncredited)
Paul Finemore ...
Dead Diver (uncredited)
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Sgt. Hayley (uncredited)
Patrick Ginter ...
Pubgoer (uncredited)
Walter Henry ...
Constable (uncredited)
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Self - Greets Mussolini After Rescue (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Hauptsturmführer Fleischer (uncredited)
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Traumer (uncredited)
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Sturmbannführer Toberg, SS (uncredited)
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Radl's Doctor (uncredited)
Peter Miles ...
Adolf Hitler (uncredited)
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Self - Rescued by Skorzeny (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Otto Skorzeny ...
Self - Rescues Mussolini, Wears Binoculars (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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German Officer (uncredited)
Joachim von Ribbentrop ...
Self - Greets Mussolini and Hitler, Wears White Lapels (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Mallory (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Sturges

Written by

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Tom Mankiewicz ... (screenplay)
 
Jack Higgins ... (novel)

Produced by

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David Niven Jr. ... producer
Jack Wiener ... producer

Music by

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Lalo Schifrin

Cinematography by

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Anthony B. Richmond ... director of photography (as Anthony Richmond)

Film Editing by

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Anne V. Coates

Casting By

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Irene Lamb

Production Design by

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Peter Murton

Art Direction by

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Charles Bishop

Costume Design by

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Yvonne Blake

Makeup Department

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Eric Allwright ... makeup artist
Betty Glasow ... hairdresser
Mike Jones ... hairdresser (as Michael Jones)
Paul Rabiger ... makeup artist
Freddie Williamson ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Basil Rayburn ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David C. Anderson ... assistant director (as David Anderson)
Terence Churcher ... second assistant director (as Terry Churcher)
Michael Stevenson ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Peter James ... set dresser
John Paterson ... construction manager
John Chisholm ... property master (uncredited)
Brian Muir ... sculptor (uncredited)
Cliff Robinson ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Robert Tanenbaum ... movie poster artist (uncredited)
Terry Wells ... stand-by property master (uncredited)
Barry Wilkinson ... stand-by props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Jonathan Bates ... sound editor
Robin Gregory ... sound recordist
Gerry Humphreys ... dubbing mixer
Jeremy Hume ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Terry Sharratt ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Roy Whybrow ... special effects
Chris Corbould ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Ray Caple ... matte artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Gerry Crampton ... stunt coordinator
Gillian Aldam ... stunts (uncredited)
Del Baker ... stunts (uncredited)
Andy Bradford ... stunts (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper ... stunts (uncredited)
Gerry Crampton ... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Dowdall ... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Emerson ... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Hammatt ... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Hobbs ... stunts (uncredited)
Jazzer Jeyes ... stunts (uncredited)
George Leech ... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Lester ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Mark McBride ... stunts (uncredited)
Valentino Musetti ... stunts (uncredited)
Terence Plummer ... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Sheppard ... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Stacey ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Weston ... stunt double: Michael Caine (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)

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Peter Allwork ... aerial photographer
James Bawden ... camera operator
Martin Evans ... electrical supervisor
Gordon Hayman ... camera operator: second unit
George Whitear ... stills
John Wilcox ... director of photography: second unit
Harry Jackson ... best boy (uncredited)
Mike Roberts ... focus puller (uncredited)
Derek Suter ... electrician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Elsa Fennell ... wardrobe supervisor
Mike Jarvis ... wardrobe master (as Michael Jarvis)
Babs Gray ... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)

Location Management

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Ray Freeborn ... location manager
Ray Frift ... location manager
Bernard Hanson ... location manager

Music Department

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Peter Watson ... music editor
John Graves ... music preparation (uncredited)
Dick Lewzey ... music engineer (uncredited) / music mixer (uncredited)
Lalo Schifrin ... conductor (uncredited) / music arranger (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Sally Jones ... continuity

Other crew

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John Beharrell ... production accountant
Douglas Bianci ... aviation consultant
Edna Bianci ... aviation consultant
Penelope Forrester ... assistant to producer
Geoff Freeman ... unit publicist (as Geoffrey Freeman)
Hubert Fröhlich ... German adviser (as Hubert Froehlich)
Lew Grade ... presenter
Åke Lindman ... Finnish production consultant (as Ake Lindman)
Andrew Mollo ... historical consultant
John Dodds ... runner (uncredited)
Paul Tivers ... set runner (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

1943, The war is entering its final stages and Germany is teetering on the brink of defeat. An increasingly unhinged Hitler, orders a mission to have British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill kidnapped and brought to Germany. The plan seems ludicrous in the extreme, but a message sent from a German spy in the Norfolk countryside makes one German officer realize that such a mission may just feasible. Written by Iantjambo

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Taglines In 1943 sixteen German paratroopers landed in England. In three days they nearly won the War. See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'aigle s'est envolé (France)
  • Der Adler ist gelandet (Germany)
  • Ha llegado el águila (Spain)
  • Kotka on laskeutunut (Finland)
  • La notte dell'aquila (Italy)
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Runtime
  • 135 min
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Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Sir Michael Caine was originally offered the role of Devlin, but did not want to play an I.R.A. member, and requested to play Steiner instead. See more »
Goofs When Col. Steiner knocks one of the guards unconscious towards the end of the film, he impersonates the call-sign "Delta 2". The NATO alphabet which used that term for D ("Delta") was not adopted until 1956. The WW2 call-sign would have been "Dog 2". See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Give Me Your Answer True (1987). See more »
Quotes Col. Max Radl: A wink from a pretty girl at a party results rarely in climax, Karl. But a man is a fool not to push a suggestion as far as it will go.
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