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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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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 ...
Chris Jenkinson ...
German SS Officer
William Merrow ...
German Radio Operator
Patrick Connor ...
Inspector Harris
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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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$17,583,634
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1.85 : 1
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This World War II movie is set during the Blitz when it opens. See more »

Goofs

When Faber is trying to get into the house he says "I'm not going to hurt you Lucy, I promise, but I am coming in" we see him reaching up for the bolt as he finishes this line and his lips are not moving. 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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Roses and Moonlight
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Music by Alan Moorhouse
KPM Music Ltd
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Sutherland proves that having sex is easier than riding a bike!
28 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Eye of the Needle is based on historical fact - the allies deceived the Germans into thinking that the D-Day invasion would take place at Calais rather than Normandy by assembling a dummy military force in Kent (not East Anglia as in the film). However, the intelligence and counter-intelligence manoeuvres that took place in maintaining this deception were rather more complex than in this simplistic movie.

The best part of the film is the culminating love affair on a remote Scottish island between the murderous German spy, Faber (Donald Sutherland), and the sexually frustrated Lucy (Kate Nelligan), which is credible and convincingly portrayed. Sutherland also has a few good scenes in the earlier parts of the movie, though certainly not the opening sequence with his curious accent and ludicrously stiff one-handed cycling! But most of the other characters are cardboard stereotypes, and the dialogue would not have been out of place in a 1930s B picture. (In particular, Ian Bannen as an MI5 sleuth makes the least of some especially ludicrous lines.)


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