The Eagle Has Landed

1976

The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

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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.

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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

All Critics (7)

A big name cast makes up for a few flaws.

Jul 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Crafted with meticulous precision and infinite patience, the film unfolds like a good novel, with compelling exposition eventually giving way to thrilling action.

Oct 26, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

An old-fashioned WW II adventure movie directed in a plodding and lethargic way by John Sturges.

May 26, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Filled with the kind of suprises and reversals which are at the nub of all good suspense stories.

Jan 23, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Eagle Has Landed

½

"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
Jani H

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½

This war movie gets started on a promising note, but it is sabotaged by a weak, contrived ending.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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About as good as something i wished I'd seen for free.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

An interesting "What if..." based plot about a german plot to assassinate Churchill is efficiently handled by an action stalwart. The cast is strong, and gives the german would be assassins a rather more understanding and human slant in an unusual and effective WWII thriller.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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