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||IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 from 16 votes
||Release: 25 December 1976 (Finland) /
||Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
||Director: Tom Mankiewicz,
||Stars: Alexei Jawdokimov, Anthony Quayle, Donald Pleasence, Donald Sutherland, Jean Marsh, Jenny Agutter, John Standing, Judy Geeson, Larry Hagman, Michael Byrne, Michael Caine, Richard Wren, Robert Duvall, Sven-Bertil Taube, Treat Williams
||Synopsis: 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 <[email protected]>
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OK, to respond to the "review" from Richard WA.
The movie is of course based on Jack Higgins' bestseller of the same
name and like many debut books, is by far the best book he wrote -
being written over a period of years as Higgins worked as a
schoolteacher. It is meticulously researched and a fine read.
Now the film.
First, Of course an historically illiterate US teen would barely
comprehend that history existed pre World War II or understand that the
USA doesn't have a monopoly of the eagle as a national symbol. I read
the book back in the mid-70's and never even thought about moon
landings. For war movies/books, "eagles" are forever associated with
Germany & that the USA also uses an eagle as a national symbol is
Richard WA can relax in the knowledge that few outside his peer group
experienced his confusion.
Second, By telling the story from the German perspective, we get a new
appreciation of the German fighting man's view. Just as "Das Boot" gave
us an insight into the German mind, so too does this. A similar
experience can be had watching the WWII POW camp movie "The McKenzie
Break" where German POW's try to escape from a British camp - quite
interesting really. But I guess if you're only interested in rooting
for the Red, White and Blue, this is not your thing.
Third, The accents are brilliantly done. It was decided for the movie
that the comical Hollywood "German" accent would not be used. The "Ve
haff vays of making you tork you schweinhund" is nowhere to be seen,
instead the German characters use perfect accentless English to great
Fourth, Sutherland's Irish character, Devlin, is not a Nazi
sympathiser. He agrees to support the operation because the Germans
offer to pay him a fortune to do so. Money for the cause etc.
Fifth, The pre-operation phase of the movie is actually too short - as
the producers wanted more of an action flick than the book delivers. In
the book, the planning of the operation is analysed to infinite detail,
down to the uniform details and relative attributes of allied versus
German parachutes. I guess if your experience is computer games, then
exposure to any kind of pre-operation detail is not something you're
Sixth, A newcomer in WWII Britain would certainly raise suspicion and
Sutherland's character certainly does do that - not really a flaw of
the book/movie but an operational problem that the Germans just had to
accept given the timeframes involved.
Seventh, Jenny Agutter's character is completely unbelievable. Try to
ignore that part of the movie - thankfully she's there for purely
Eighth, The 5th columnist who already lives in the English village is
actually a South African survivor of the British concentration camps -
as explained in the movie. Perhaps Richard WA thought they were a
German invention or more likely he's never heard of the Boer War and
sleepwalked through that part of the movie.
Ninth, The "battle" scene is deliberately short to emphasise the gulf
in class between German paratroops and National Guards. When the
Germans are confronted by real soldiers, they're defeated in short
order. Larry Hagman's character is a poor caricature and serves only to
supply a comic element that's not needed - something the movie suffers
from as if the producer was scared to make the movie too gritty.
Richard WA's last point is most revealing. Why should Germans fight for
Germany when everyone knew that they were going to lose and were on the
wrong side anyway. Who ever heard of a brave German soldier fighting to
the end anyway? Despite what many think, Americans don't have an
monopoly on patriotism either - I doubt if he ever wonders why Steve
McQueen never settled for a comfortable life in a German POW camp!
Tenth, Yeah, the tunnel is something of a contrived device...it's not
in the book BTW.
Eleventh, The reason for not spiriting "Churchill" away after the
attempt to kidnap him was precisely because the British wanted Germany
to think he was there and not in Tehran! The whole point of a decoy is
that it's visible and attracts the attention while the real principal
In summery, the Eagle has Landed is a solid attempt to film a great
book. I doubt, given the plot, that a universally appealing movie
could've been made but the greatest movies ever are not universally
appealing. Movies you love as children are not regarded in the same way
The Eagle has Landed is in many ways like "The Day of the Jackal". Most
of the action goes on inside the principals' heads. Deception, mental
thought processes and subterfuge don't make good cinema. However the
movie has some very good points:
Great locations. Great actors doing good jobs (Jenny Agutter excepted)
- especially Donald Pleasance doing the best ever spine-chilling
portrayal of Himmler. Good twist at the end. Challenging portrayal of
I recommend it - it's not "A Bridge Too far" but it's pretty good.
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, Anthony Quayle
, Donald Pleasence
, Donald Sutherland
, Jean Marsh
, Jenny Agutter
, John Standing
, Judy Geeson
, Larry Hagman
, Michael Byrne
, Michael Caine
, Richard Wren
, Robert Duvall
, Sven-Bertil Taube
, Treat Williams
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