The Eagle Has Landed Reviews
What a waste of time. Ok, so basically the film has an interesting plot. A bunch of nazis on a covert mission to kidnap Winston Churchill, which could have lead to a big victory for Hitler.
The film starts very slowly and is a real borefest thru its entire duration. In the middle of the film, the movie reaches its comedic heights when Larry Hagman's character, Colonel Pitts tries to take control of the events. What a character and what a bad performance by Hagman. But he's not the only actor who should've stayed out of the film. Robert Duvall and Donald Sutherland, whom I consider to be good actors, are probably ashamed of their performances in "The Eagle Has Landed".
Like in the quote of this review, I'd probably enjoyed this movie more if I had been drunk. Not a major disaster but totally overrated and a fine example of wasted talent.
[font=Century Gothic][color=#808000]Robert Duvall and Michael Caine would reunite 20+ years later for Secondhand Lions.[/color][/font]
[font=Century Gothic][color=#808000]Duvall and Treat Williams would again be on opposite sides in The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper(1981).[/color][/font]
A group of reluctant German militia led by a British double agent and an Irish loyalist are sent into Ireland to capture Winston Churchill. The Germans have intercepted some intelligence that stated Churchill would be passing through a small town with minimal security and would be positioned for the taking. Can the militia and the Irishman pass as locals in the village long enough to capture Churchill when he passes through?
"The results of a pretty girl at a party rarely results in climax, but a man would be a fool not to take a suggestion as far as it'll go."
John Sturges, director of China, McQ, Joe Kidd, The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Escape from Fort Bravo, and Keeper of the Bees, delivers The Eagle Has Landed. The storyline for this picture is okay but nothing special for the genre and the movie is a bit slow paced overall. The acting was better than average and the cast includes Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvalle, Treat Williams, Jenny Agutter, Donald Pleasence, and Jean Marsh.
"Today I leave, boy. From now on, when you see me, you leave."
I was excited to see this film based on its marvelous cast; however, this picture is methodical and a bit boring. I thought it would be more like Kelly's Heroes in terms of action and as a quality picture; unfortunately, this was nowhere near as interesting. Overall, this is only worth watching due to the excellent acting. The plot and premise never materialize as you may hope.
"Get his body off the wheel."