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The Eagle Has Landed

In November 1943 Winston Churchill is due to spend a weekend at a country house in Norfolk - and the Germans propose to kidnap him there. Under orders from Heinrich Himmler (Donald Pleasence), purportedly coming from Hitler himself, a Nazi colonel (RobertDuvall) organizes the smuggling into Britain of the English-hating Irishman Donald Sutherland and the parachuting of a 16-man task force of Germans under the command of another colonel (Michael Caine).

In November 1943 Winston Churchill is due to spend a weekend at a country house in Norfolk – and the Germans propose to kidnap him there. Under orders from Heinrich Himmler (Donald Pleasence), purportedly coming from Hitler himself, a Nazi colonel (RobertDuvall) organizes the smuggling into Britain of the English-hating Irishman Donald Sutherland and the parachuting of a 16-man task force of Germans under the command of another colonel (Michael Caine).

The events take place in the small village of Studley Constable.

Most performances [in this adaptation of the Jack Higgins’ novel] are first rate with Sutherland exuding great credibility as the Irishman, and Caine thoroughly convincing as the Nazi commander. Pleasence gives a standout lifelike interpretation of Himmler.

The Eagle Has Landed

UK

  • Production: ITC/Assoc. General. Director John Sturges; Producer Jack Winer, David Niven Jr; Screenplay Tom Mankiewicz; Camera Tony Richmond; Editor Irene Lamb; Music Lalo Schifrin; Art Director Peter Murton
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 134 MIN.
  • With: Michael Caine Donald Sutherland Robert Duvall Jenny Agutter Donald Pleasence Anthony Quayle
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