The Eagle Has Landed

1976

The Eagle Has Landed

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John Sturges directed this taut adaptation of Jack Higgins' suspense novel about an attempted kidnapping of Winston Churchill by the German high command during World War II. When it is discovered that in November 1943 Winston Churchill is scheduled to spend a weekend in a country home in Norfolk, the Germans plan to kidnap him. Heinrich Himmler (Donald Pleasence), under orders from Hitler, assigns Nazi colonel Max Radl (Robert Duvall) the chore of sneaking the English-hating Irishman Liam Devlin (Donald Sutherland) into the British countryside and arranging for a 16-man task force to be parachuted into the English country town of Sudley Constable, under the auspices of Colonel Kurt Steiner (Michael Caine). The efficient planning works too well, and before long their exactingly perfect timetable begins to come apart.

Cast

Michael Caine
as Colonel Steiner
Donald Sutherland
as Liam Devlin
Robert Duvall
as Colonel Radl
Larry Hagman
as Colonel Pitts
Anthony Quayle
as Admiral Canaris
Jean Marsh
as Joanna Grey
Sven-Bertil Taube
as Von Neustadt
John Standing
as Father Philip Verecker
Treat Williams
as Capt. Harry Clark
Siegfried Rauch
as Sgt. Brandt
John Barrett
as Laker Armsby
Leigh Dilley
as Winston Churchill/George Fowler
Maurice Roëves
as Maj. Corcoran
Alexei Jawdokimov
as Corporal Kuniski
Denis Lill
as Churchill's
Tim Barlow
as George Wilde (Publican)
Kate Binchy
as Mrs. Wilde
Asa Teeter
as German Soldier
Terry Plummer
as Arthur Seymour
Rick Parse
as German Soldier
Richard Wren
as Sgt. Altmann
Joachim Hansen
as SS-Obergruppenführer
Jeff Conaway
as Frazier
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Critic Reviews for The Eagle Has Landed

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Audience Reviews for The Eagle Has Landed

  • Feb 13, 2009
    "The only time this plan makes any sense to me is when I'm drunk" 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.
    Jani H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2009
    <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-eagle-has-landed-11958013"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/11/95/80/11958013_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> The Eagle Has Landed </a> </div></div> Anther all-star cast WWII adventure film, this one fictitious. A Nazi plot to kidnap Churchill meets with entanglements and intrigue along the way. There are certain aspects to the film that are historical absurdities such as a German officer played by Michael Caine and his detachment holding death camp guards at gunpoint in oder to enable a prisoner to escape, In reality his character would have been immediately arrested and shot for that, but then there wouldn't have been a movie. Of course it was important to establish that Caine and his crew of rogues were GOOD Nazis so that we might have some empathy for them in the course of their misadventure. The idea of "a good Nazi" is tantamount to being "just a little bit pregnant." In light of several very unlikely plot points, I remained unconvinced.as to the premise.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2008
    Based on a Jack Higgins book (which I loved), it is a good ensemble based World War II about the German plot to kidnap Winston Churchill. Neat that it is told from the German's point of view. Ending could be better bit overall if you like films like The Dirty Dozen or The Great Escape, then give this a go. A young Michael Caine is good but Donald Sutherland steals the show.
    Nicky M Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2008
    One of my favourite war films. Can watch this repeatedly and never get bored. So it's odd that it's not considered one of the 'greats' by a lot of people. Sturges made the more famous 'Great Escape' so he knows his stuff. The extended edition is the one to watch as it develops the relationships more (especially Devlin and Molly) and the cuts aren't so extreme. Docked half a mark for the obvious picture of the ship shot at the end. Otherwise a classic. Wish they'd make the sequel. Maybe they could remake this for TV and then do 'Flown'!
    David S Super Reviewer

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