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The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

A German plot to kidnap Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II.

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John Sturges

Writers:

Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay), Jack Higgins (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Oberst Kurt Steiner
Donald Sutherland ... Liam Devlin
Robert Duvall ... Colonel Radl
Jenny Agutter ... Molly
Donald Pleasence ... Himmler
Anthony Quayle ... Admiral Canaris
Jean Marsh ... Joanna Grey
Sven-Bertil Taube ... Captain von Neustadt
John Standing ... Father Verecker
Judy Geeson ... Pamela
Treat Williams ... Captain Clark
Larry Hagman ... Colonel Pitts
Alexei Jawdokimov Alexei Jawdokimov ... Corporal Kuniski
Richard Wren Richard Wren ... Hans Altmann
Michael Byrne ... Karl
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Storyline

Oberst Steiner, a German parachute unit commander, is sent to England on a covert mission to kidnap Prime Minister Winston Churchill and bring him to Berlin. The seemingly impossible assignment becomes more and more feasible as the mission grows nearer with Steiner and his men arriving in England to a very real possibility of success. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | Polish

Release Date:

April 1977 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Adler ist gelandet See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (some 35 mm prints) (London premiere print)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place from September to November 1943. See more »

Goofs

When the Colonel (Hagman) goes to Gray's house, just before he kicks the door open, the latch lifts up (presumably by someone inside), to make it easier to kick open. See more »

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Narrator: [WWII News Story] September 12, 1943, German paratroopers snatched Mussolini from his mountaintop prison in Italy.
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Alternate Versions

The new Artisan region 1 DVD has some of the above scenes re-instated. Unfortunately the first three scenes listed are still absent, making the BBC broadcast version (shorn of a few secs.of violence) still the definitive choice. See more »

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difficult to believe but great entertainment
23 June 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an exceptional war movie about a supposed plot by the Nazis to kidnap Churchill. Michael Caine is a German officer who speaks perfect English and leads a team of paratroopers who are disguised as Poles. The cover story is that they are a Free Polish regiment on maneuvers in Britain. At the same time, IRA leader Donald Sutherland helps lay the groundwork for their arrival.

The story is very complex and the acting is first-rate. Provided you don't think too much, this is a highly entertaining film. Sure, the Nazis didn't attempt such a mission, but I enjoyed this alternative history movie.


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