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Robbanflix
Super Reviewer
January 1, 2015
I have enjoyed pretty much all the classic movies i have missed over the years but this movie was not quite in that league. Its way to slowpaced right from the start with lack of excitement which is important for a flick like this. It almost didn't felt like a war movie either and not until the last 30 min it became somewhat better. Its a brilliant cast like Michael Caine , Donald Sutherland , Robert Duvall and Donald Pleasence so its a bit shame the movie didn't deliver more quality / excitement. Its not a bad movie despite all this and it has some good moments overall but it can't compete with many other similar classic flicks im afraid.
August 30, 2014
Just finished the book. A nice retelling of the story. Good actor selection for the characters.
½ April 8, 2014
A rather successful action movie about an attempt by the Germans to kidnap or kill Winston Churchill during WWII, it succeeds in imbuing the characters with individuality and personality and constructing a somewhat plausible plot. Beginning with the confused and decadent high command in Germany, and then in rural England, it also creates a sense of place and atmosphere uncommon in films constructed according to the globe trotting action movie template. There's genuine tension and suspense regarding the outcome of the mission up to the very last scene, lots of military hardware, Nazi uniforms galore, and a slew of high quality actors to elevate the craft and the tone of this popcorn flick a bit above its peers.
January 1, 2014
One of those brilliant fictional WWII movies with legendary actors in the cast. Not a patch on Where Eagles Dare but good for bank holiday watching.
January 1, 2014
Like the nazi plot, the movie, which begins as dull but not particularly awful falls apart at its preposterously contrived middle.
December 7, 2013
Executed with precision and flair
½ October 20, 2013
I was a little disappointed to find out this movie was only 50% true. Its a fun movie with a good story and lots of clever dialogue. I am a sucker for movies like this, i wish they still make these big WW2 movies. Its only weakness is a in typical Hollywood fashion they had to throw in a crappy love story now one cares about.
½ February 2, 2013
sutherland is a standout in this political thriller.
January 15, 2013
Not bad, not bad at all, but not great.
½ December 30, 2012
Its nice acting performances and character development make it much better than it would have been as a brainless shooting movie. There's still too much of that in the film, though. The american soldiers seemed to me somehow overacted.
Nice interesting tidbit of information was that the movie was filmed partly on location in Finland. Unfortunately the promising start for the movie ends up going flat, meaning that it doesn't deliver much of what it allowed the watcher to look for - like excitement, original plot twists and believability, which remain in the horizon.. Lots of potential remains unused.
I liked the character Molly Prior played by Jenny Agutter.. But disliked Sutherland's character Devlin's manner of saying 'Holy mother of God' everywhere.. and I think that shooting in the church is kind of extreme manner of putting the violence on 'your face' so to speak.. The thing with Devlin & Molly works well, and the other characters like the brute and the priest and the secret nazi agents etc are well thought of too.
Fine acting makes this movie interesting through its long duration, but fails to deliver what it allows the viewer to expect. Also suffers by the way of turning from a thrilling war film into a shoot'em up blasting experiment which loses suddenly lots of credibility. The film was a bit of a letdown by way of story, otherwise it could have been greater than it was.
The acting was fine and character development is well done, or even better. Storytelling doesn't carry far and loses credibility fast when the shooting begins, too annoying characters here and there and it also doesn't deliver enough original plot twists.
½ December 19, 2012
A powerful beginning, great build-up, an interesting side-story to keep us interested and great finishing action sequences make for a World War II movie that is well worth seeing, even if it wraps up rather anti-climactically.
November 6, 2012
Great WW2 movie, based on the Jack Higgins novel. Interesting, believable plot, despite being, on the surface, quite far-fetched. Ending is a bit tame though.

All-star cast delivers in spades. Michael Caine in the lead role is superb, as always. Good support from Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Donald Pleasance, Anthony Quayle, Treat Williams and Jenny Agutter. Larry Hagman overdoes the buffoonery though.
½ October 22, 2012
Its nice acting performances and character development make it much better than it would have been as a brainless shooting movie. There's still too much of that in the film, though. The american soldiers seemed to me somehow overacted.
Nice interesting tidbit of information was that the movie was filmed partly on location in Finland. Unfortunately the promising start for the movie ends up going flat, meaning that it doesn't deliver much of what it allowed the watcher to look for - like excitement, original plot twists and believability, which remain in the horizon.. Lots of potential remains unused.
I liked the character Molly Prior played by Jenny Agutter.. But disliked Sutherland's character Devlin's manner of saying 'Holy mother of God' everywhere.. and I think that shooting in the church is kind of extreme manner of putting the violence on 'your face' so to speak.. The thing with Devlin & Molly works well, and the other characters like the brute and the priest and the secret nazi agents etc are well thought of too.
Fine acting makes this movie interesting through its long duration, but fails to deliver what it allows the viewer to expect. Also suffers by the way of turning from a thrilling war film into a shoot'em up blasting experiment which loses suddenly lots of credibility. The film was a bit of a letdown by way of story, otherwise it could have been greater than it was.
The acting was fine and character development is well done, or even better. Storytelling doesn't carry far and loses credibility fast when the shooting begins, too annoying characters here and there and it also doesn't deliver enough original plot twists.
½ September 24, 2012
A great film to watch whilst drunk, only then does the plot make sense!
½ September 11, 2012
Another superb film, with Michael Caine in top form. Many great performances in this one.
June 14, 2012
An interesting idea with fair execution and a great cast. Sadly I can't help but notice post-war Carbines with 30 round mags and not be taken out of the movie at this point, but most of the combat stuff seemed pretty amateurish anyways. Okay movie.
½ January 29, 2012
One of the weaker entries in the WWII-caper subgenre. Michael Caine does give a great performance as the "noble Nazi," but Donald Sutherland is downright painful to watch. He's a pot o' gold away from being a stereotypical Irish caricature.
½ January 20, 2012
Despite a slow start and overlong running time this WW2 thriller has a really good cast, awesome action, good score and an interesting plot.
½ January 3, 2012
Based on the novel by Jack Higgins about a nazi plot plot to kidnap Churchill during World War II The Eagle Has Landed is a movie that, despite a seemingly strong cast, feels like it was just churned out to make a few bucks at the the box office. There is little flair in the direction and Michael Cain is less convincing as a nazi than were the cast of 'Allo 'Allo. Donald Sutherland is simply stomach churning as the Irish Lothario who infiltrates his way into the quiet Norfolk village due to host a visit the Prime Minister and Larry Hagman is truly dreadful. Despite the plot having plenty of potential for tension and drama, the opportunities are largely wasted and the style is badly dated. There are some good performances from the likes of Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Anthony Quayle, Jenny Agutter and Jean Marsh but this is a very B movie feeling venture which is best viewed when a little hung over.
December 24, 2011
Mildly entertaining action/adventure film based on a bestselling novel set in WWII
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