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.