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The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

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

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Oberst Steiner, a German parachute unit commander, is sent to England on a covert mission to kidnap Prime Minister Winston Churchill and bring him to Berlin. The seemingly impossible assignment becomes more and more feasible as the mission grows nearer with Steiner and his men arriving in England to a very real possibility of success. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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The daring World War II plot that changed the course of history. See more »


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25 December 1976 (Finland)  »

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Der Adler ist gelandet  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Deborah Kerr was offered the Jean Marsh part. See more »

Goofs

When Sgt. Brandt carries one of his dead comrades off the boat in the harbour on Alderney, he gets blood on the right shoulder of his jacket. When he walks up the stairs, where Colonel Radl is standing, the jacket is clean. Later, when Devlin is in the pub, the jacket is bloody again. See more »

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Narrator: [WWII News Story] September 12, 1943, German paratroopers snatched Mussolini from his mountaintop prison in Italy.
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difficult to believe but great entertainment
23 June 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an exceptional war movie about a supposed plot by the Nazis to kidnap Churchill. Michael Caine is a German officer who speaks perfect English and leads a team of paratroopers who are disguised as Poles. The cover story is that they are a Free Polish regiment on maneuvers in Britain. At the same time, IRA leader Donald Sutherland helps lay the groundwork for their arrival.

The story is very complex and the acting is first-rate. Provided you don't think too much, this is a highly entertaining film. Sure, the Nazis didn't attempt such a mission, but I enjoyed this alternative history movie.


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