Eye of the Needle (1981)

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Having already been seen spying for the Nazis in 1979's The Eagle Has Landed, Donald Sutherland once more infiltrates wartime England on behalf of Der Fuhrer in Eye of the Needle. Willing to kill even the most innocent of bystanders to complete his task, Sutherland manages to remain in Britain until the eve of D-Day in 1944. Discovering that the invasion is to take place on Normandy, Sutherland scurries to rendezvous with a U-boat off the treacherous Isle of Storms. His mission is thwarted by … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Stanley Mann
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 15, 2001
Runtime:
MGM Home Entertainment

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Cast


as Sailor

as Inspector Godliman

as Lucy's Father

as Lieutenant

as Billy Parkin

as Lucy's Mother

as Constable

as Oliphant

as Mrs. Garden

as German SS Officer

as German Radio Operato...

as Inspector Harris

as Constable

as Muller

as Kleinmann

as Col. Terry

as Mr. Porter

as Lock Keeper

as Home Guard Captain

as Home Guard Corporal

as Home Guard Private

as Portuguese Man

as American Colonel

as Station Master

as German Naval Captain

as German Naval Operato...

as Inspector Kincaid

as Oban Policeman

as Oban Radio Operator

as Squadron Leader Blen...
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Critic Reviews for Eye of the Needle

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Variety
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A lovely thriller, a gifted and prematurely departed director.

February 4, 2004
New Times

Audience Reviews for Eye of the Needle

½

Eye of the Needle is a well constructed, entertaining dramatic thriller with a great cast. Donald Sutherland plays a German spy who has vital information on D Day, and he is trying to get out of Britain. The film keeps you engaged from start to finish and the cast do a fine job in their performances. Director Richard Marquand crafts a terrific film that has a wonderful story, and should appeal to any movie fan. This is enjoyable entertainment for what it is and it manages to be an effective thriller, one that is very memorable. At times the film has weak points, but there's enough good material presented on-screen to make this one worth seeing. I really enjoyed the film, and this is among the best thrillers of the early 1980's. With a great plot, good cast and constant thrills, director Marquand overcomes the film's weaknesses to convey a film that no viewer will soon forget. Richard Marquand would go on to conclude the Star Wars trilogy with Return of the Jedi, but we see hints of a great director who knows how to keep his viewers satisfied and interested. Eye of the Needle is a well crafted film, one that will appeal to genre fans and to other viewers looking for a well constructed, well acted picture. I've seen many films with Donald Sutherland, and The Eye of the Needle is one of his best films that I have seen due to his on-screen presence and his well written character. The film could have been reworked slightly, but most of the time, it succeeds at being a terrific film that in my opinion is a must see due to its plot, acting and effective directing. I found this film to be quite underrated and it's far better than what most critics have said about it.

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Alex roy

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½

Donald Sutherland is a ruthless German spy operating in war-torn England during WWII. He's relentless. He's cold-blooded. He must be stopped. What more do you need to know?

flixsterman
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Classic spy movie of ww2 based in a classic book by Ken Folett.

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Andre Tavares Simoni

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