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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.

Director:

Richard Marquand

Writers:

Ken Follett (based on the novel by), Stanley Mann (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Faber
Stephen MacKenna ... Lieutenant
Philip Martin Brown ... Billy Parkin
Kate Nelligan ... Lucy
Christopher Cazenove ... David
George Belbin George Belbin ... Lucy's Father
Faith Brook ... Lucy's Mother
Barbara Graley Barbara Graley ... David's Mother
George Lee George Lee ... Constable
Arthur Lovegrove Arthur Lovegrove ... Peterson
Colin Rix Colin Rix ... Oliphant
Barbara Ewing Barbara Ewing ... Mrs. Garden
Chris Jenkinson Chris Jenkinson ... German SS Officer
William Merrow William Merrow ... German Radio Operator
Patrick Connor 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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Codename: "The Needle". Only one person can stop him: The woman who loves him ! See more »

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Romance | Thriller | War

Certificate:

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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 submarine that is going to pick up the needle is U53. U53 was sunk on the 23 of feb. 1940 In the North sea by the British destroyer HMS Gurkha. See more »

Quotes

Faber: The war has come down to the two of us.
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Alternate Versions

NTSC DVD R1 and PAL DVD R2, have different endings. European PAL DVD version ending is approx. 1.5 minutes longer. In the last scene, the helicopter arrives and lands, there is a conversation with the commander about the radio transmission being interrupted and finally the child arrives and reunites with his mother. it's sort of a happy end. This ending was cut from NTSC DVD version. See more »


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When My Little Pomeranian Met Your Little Pekinese
(1933) (uncredited)
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Gripping stuff
21 July 2002 | by unclepeteSee 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.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

24 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,583,634

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,583,634
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Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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