1943, The war is entering its final stages and Germany is teetering on the brink of defeat. An increasingly unhinged Hitler, orders a mission to have British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill kidnapped and brought to Germany. The plan seems ludicrous in the extreme, but a message sent from a German spy in the Norfolk countryside makes one German officer realize that such a mission may just feasible.Written by
All the German paratroopers (both officers and men) are seen wearing their medals on their field uniforms. This is something unique to the German Armed Forces of World War II, as they wore their medals, even on the battlefield, as compared to Allied forces, who generally did not. See more »
In The Spyglass and Kettle pub, Liam is charged one shilling and nine pence (1/-9d) for a pint of beer. The film is supposedly set in late 1943. Though the price of beer rose rapidly during WW2 to help pay for the war effort, from about 5d in 1939 to about 1/-2d in 1945, it did not reach 1/-9d until the mid-1960s. See more »
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September 12, 1943, German paratroopers snatched Mussolini from his mountaintop prison in Italy.
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The new Artisan region 1 DVD has some of the above scenes re-instated. Unfortunately the first three scenes listed are still absent, making the BBC broadcast version (shorn of a few secs.of violence) still the definitive choice. See more »
Generally gets the thumbs-up, but has a couple of slightly disappointing features.
Based on a best-selling tall story by Jack Higgins, and featuring an all-star cast that must've cost half the budget just to get to sign up for the project, The Eagle Has Landed is an enjoyable but slightly overlong wartime actioner.
German soldier Max Radl (Robert Duvall) comes up with an audacious plot to deliver a devastating blow to the Allied forces by kidnapping Winston Churchill from a Norfolk village. A team of deadly German spies, led by Kurt Steiner (Michael Caine), are smuggled into England to carry out this sinister scheme. Aided by an Irish mercenary (Donald Sutherland), the German forces rapidly and ruthlessly close in on their target. Only an inexperienced American garrison, posted in a quiet corner of Norfolk, can stand in the way of a devastating German victory.
The Eagle Has Landed is one of the few films where the all-star cast doesn't have a detrimental effect. In films like A Bridge Too Far and The Longest Day, the presence of so many stars actually results in a game of "star-spotting", and this diverts the audience's attention away from important plot developments. In The Eagle Has Landed, each actor brings depth and charisma to their strongly written roles (especially Sutherland as the devious Irish rogue, and Duvall as an eye-patch wearing Nazi). This film's faults lie elsewhere. The opening hour and a quarter goes on rather too much and ought to have been trimmed by at least fifteen minutes. Also, the plot rides its luck with increasingly less likely, less plausible developments (especially the unpersuasive "twist" ending). For these reasons, The Eagle Has Landed isn't quite the excellent film you might be hoping for. What it is, however, is an enjoyable, well-acted and very watchable slice of escapism.
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