7.1/10
8,053
57 user 28 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(based on the novel by), (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Jagged Edge (1985)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Marquand
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Peter Coyote
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A reclusive musician, once a huge rock star, takes a young female protegee. While on a tour she meets a younger, more popular rocker and switches her loyalties.

Director: Richard Marquand
Stars: Bob Dylan, Fiona, Rupert Everett
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Mo Alexander's bad luck is that she misses the plane in Paris carrying her tour group and her luggage. On top of this, she finds that it will take several days for the travel agent to work ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Marquand
Stars: Karen Allen, Thierry Lhermitte, Christopher Cazenove
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An account of The Beatles during the Hamburg years, their signing with Brian Epstein and their inevitable rise during the early sixties.

Director: Richard Marquand
Stars: Stephen MacKenna, Rod Culbertson, John Altman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Faber
... Lieutenant
... Billy Parkin
... Lucy
... David
George Belbin ... Lucy's Father
... 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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Romance | Thriller | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

24 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ojo de la aguja  »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,583,634
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(archive footage)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of three films in five years where Donald Sutherland played a German character who was either a Nazi or son of a Nazi. The movies are Bear Island (1979), Eye of the Needle (1981) and The Eagle Has Landed (1976). See more »

Goofs

When David & Lucy's MG TA goes off the road an incendiary/smoke effect is already burning/smoking where the car is about to crash to the ground. See more »

Quotes

Faber: The war has come down to the two of us.
See more »


Soundtracks

Roses and Moonlight
(uncredited)
Music by Alan Moorhouse
KPM Music Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Gripping stuff
21 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film really does deserve more merit than it seems to get.

Sutherland is a bit odd, with most of all a bizarre accent that almost seems to change from scene to scene. Whilst this is perhaps expected from an international spy in deep cover, it doesn't seem to sit well.

Nelligan steals the show with a wonderful performance, but the real surprise for me was Cazenove. It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see him as the newly qualified, sparkling eyed flyboy, but his portrayal of the embittered, loveless amputee was a joy to watch - clearly a talented man.

The film wraps up a great story with wonderful acting, a great collection of WW2 military hardware and breathtaking scenery. Well worth a watch.


24 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 57 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial