The Eagle Has Landed - Collectors Edition [Blu-ray + DVD]
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Based on Jack Higgins� best-selling novel, The Eagle Has Landed is the story of a unit commander sent to England during WWII to kidnap Prime Minister Winston Churchill and bring him back to Berlin
This 1976 adventure story set in World War II concerns a Nazi plot to kidnap Churchill from his retreat--or murder him if need be. The large, great cast and a director, John Sturges, who's been down this road of ensemble action before (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape) make this project exciting if not as memorable as Sturges's more famous works. The weak ending doesn't help. -- Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Michael Caine is very believable as a German officer. Donald Sutherland is a natural for an Irish Rogue.
The only reason I give it four stars instead of five is bacause of the first 15 - 20 minutes.
The plot begins with SS Leader Heinrich Himmler (portrayed excellently by Donald Plesence) agreeing to an idea that has a group of elite German Commando's to try to kidnap British Leader Winston Churchill.
The group of elite Fallschrimjager's (German Paratroopers/Commando's) is headed by Kurt Steiner (Michael Caine), a noble and gentlemanly officer. He is chosen due to his superior ability to get the mission done and also because he is in "bad favor" with his superiors by striking an SS Officer who was trying to shoot a Jewish girl who tried to escape the concentration camp trains.
The commando's parachute successfully into England, with the help of an Irish Republican Army spy (Donald Sutherland). The rest of the cast of the movie do a great job. I won't give away the rest of the movie, but it is excellent!
From Robert Duvall to Larry Hagman, there are some major stars in this movie, and I am suprized that it is not more well known. The book is great (Jack Higgins is the author), and the movie follows the book pretty good throughout.
Overall a highly recommended movie!
The 1970's was a period where war movies were filled with mercenaries, commando's and full steam ahead action....and "The Eagle has Landed" is no exception, but a better told tale than many others !
John Sturges shows once again why he is one sharpest action / suspense film directors around with this exciting filming of the very popular Jack Higgins novel. What makes this film so enjoyable, and able to withstand repeated viewings is the talented cast at the centre of this twisting tale of spies and espionage. Kurt Steiner (Michael Caine) is the disgraced leader of a group of crack German paratroopers that have been exiled to operate an MTB boat in the English Channel. Opportuntity comes their way in the form of Colonel Radl (Robert Duvall), with an incredible plot to secretly parachute into England and kidnap Winston Churchill from a country retreat. Donald Pleasance turns in a chilling performance as SS leader, Heinrich Himmler...Donald Sutherland in fine form as the IRA ally, Liam Devlin...Larry Hagman is the pompous and foolhardy Colonel Pitts and Treat Willians (in his first movie role) as the wiser and more wary American Ranger, Captain Clark. Jenny Agutter contributes the love interest as Molly Prior, and Jean Marsh puts in a cold blooded display as the Nazi sympathasier, Joanna Grey.
"The Eagle has Landed" has some great twists and turns and never lets the viewer relax as the story holds a keen balance between action, suspense, romance and tragedy. Highly recommended for those who like intrigue and adventure in their WWII movies !!
A highly entertaining and different WWII film that stands out from the rest.
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Ordered from a US. outlet but it is only playable on European DVD players. Very PISSED OFF.Published 23 days ago by Craig travers
It was a good movie, but not quite what I expected. It is one that I enjoyed but it won't be one that I watch over and over again like some of the many movies I own.Published 2 months ago by Nancy Bannerman
I'm sure it was a great movie but I cant play it! When I emailed Amazon about it all they said was that it was a UK DVD and nothing they could do. IT WONT PLAY IN MY MACHINE. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Roland Payne
Have not been able to play this disk. The following message appears on the screen when placed in the player "region Error
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I checked before purchasing if the movie would play in my region and was happy to see that it would. I was mislead by the information and the DVD will not play for us. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kelly Q.