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The Eagle Has Landed

Plodding time-passer about a Nazi plot tokidnap Churchill from his Norfolk retreat in 1943. Tom Mankiewicz, adapting Jack Higgins' bet-hedging bestseller ('at least half documented historical fact'), goes for an examination of good/bad German motivations that cuts across the sub-Jackal suspense; Sturges turns in a tired study of Cherman and Oirish accents, and little else. There's not one iota of the two-way menace of a partly similar Germans-in-Britain picture like Went the Day Well?

Release details

Duration: 135 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Sturges
Screenwriter: Tom Mankiewicz
Cast: Michael Caine
Donald Sutherland
Robert Duvall
Jenny Agutter
Donald Pleasence
Anthony Quayle
Jean Marsh
Judy Geeson
Treat Williams

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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sakara

Silly and stupid movie in whihc Jenny Agutter immediately falls in love with Donald Sutherland upon meeting him-----she even kills her boyfriend a day or two after meeting Sutherland! Agutter kills her boyfriend, Jean Marsh shoots someobdy in the back, Jean Marsh kills Larry Hagman, Jean Marsh kills herself, Robert Duvall gets killed, Michael Caine gets killed. It's like some nutty Hong Kong action movie aimed at kids.

Gary Millar

I guess the above review gives truth to the saying that film reviews are subjective. This is a clever film showing the naivety of pre-WWII Britain. Donald Sutherland is great as the loveable Irish gamekeeper secretly aiding the Nazis to serve his own Irish independence aims. Sure there's no car chases or the same hectic action a modern film would serve up, but this is one of my favourite films. Watch. Enjoy. Make your own mind up. Well worth a look.

Gary Millar

I guess the above review gives truth to the saying that film reviews are subjective. This is a clever film showing the naivety of pre-WWII Britain. Donald Sutherland is great as the loveable Irish gamekeeper secretly aiding the Nazis to serve his own Irish independence aims. Sure there's no car chases or the same hectic action a modern film would serve up, but this is one of my favourite films. Watch. Enjoy. Make your own mind up. Well worth a look.