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Eye of the Needle is a superbly effective World WarÂ II spy thriller from the Ken Follett bestseller of the same name. Donald Sutherland is "the Needle," a German spy in England bearing critical information on Allied invasion plans that he must de
Eye of the Needle is a superbly effective World War II spy thriller from the Ken Follett bestseller of the same name. Donald Sutherland is "the Needle," a German spy in England bearing critical information on Allied invasion plans that he must deliver personally to the Führer. He's so named because of his preferred method of assassination, the stiletto. As played by Sutherland, he's a coldly calculating psychopath, emotionlessly focused on the task at hand, whether the task is to signal a U-boat or to gut a witness to avoid exposure. On his way back to Germany, a fierce storm strands him on an island, occupied only by a woman (Kate Nelligan), her disabled husband, and the lighthouse keeper. A romance of sorts develops between the woman and the spy, due to an estrangement of affections between the woman and her husband, whose accident has rendered him emotionally crippled as well. Much of the suspense of the latter half of the movie has to do with this romance, and the way it begins to reveal the Needle's motivations and whether there's a sympathetic personality buried somewhere inside him, though he remains by-and-large tantalizingly enigmatic. Early on, we discover that he may not enjoy the hand life has dealt him. When a courier asks him about the way he lives, and "What else can one do?" the Needle answers, "One can just stop." But as the film makes amply clear in its final third, one doesn't stop, does one? The direction by Richard Marquand (known primarily for thrillers such as this one and Jagged Edge, although he also did Return of the Jedi) is crisply done, boasting numerous suspenseful episodes, including a deadly encounter between Sutherland and the disabled husband, which is jaw-droppingly surprising. --Jim Gay
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This movie is very intense and scary, thanks to Donald Sutherland who plays the Needle, a cold and calculating killer who racks up quite a body count. He's convincing even though his British accent isn't. Kate Nelligan costars as the needy wife who rescues him and quickly falls for him. Her British accent is quite good and she is excellent in the part.
The rain-soaked island with waves crashing on its cliffs is picturesque at times and also very claustrophobic and creepy at the end. Miklos Rosza's ("Ben-Hur") chilling score adds to the excitement. The last half hour had me on the edge of my seat. Recommended for those who like WWII thrillers. With violence and nudity.
times though.it is also pretty low key for this kind of film.this movie
is much more character driven and relies on its two main players to
really carry the film,and that they do.Donald Sutherland plays a German
spy with ice in his veins who has no problem with murder when it suits
his needs.so really he is also an assassin of sorts.he's sort of a
Carlos the Jackal type character who may have been a real assassin who
was a chameleon and who eluded authorities and was never captured or
possibly even seen.anyway back to the movie.Kate Nelligan plays the
love interest(and more than that) and does well in the role.Christopher
Cazenov plays David,Lucy's(Kate Nelligan) husband in a very strong
supporting performance. the movie has its share of suspense and
action,but again it's low key i found the writing quite good.it's based
on a novel by Ken Follett.one thing that stood out in this movie is its
subtlety.there's no over the top rah rah rah attitude that's evident in
many later movies.but then this is a German/English production and not
an American made movie.the point is,it's refreshing to see a well
written story with well written characters that doesn't bombard your
senses with sentimentality and inspirational pap.i liked this movie
quite a bit.i give "Eye of the Needle" a 3.5/5
The Needle uncovers critical information to indicate that the Allies are planning an invasion of Normady. Unfortunately for the Needle and Germany, on his way to delivering this vital information, he gets stranded on a remote island. At this point in the film, director Richard Marquand shows his cunning and artistic talents at convincingly weaving a supberb spy thriller and a romance movie together as one.
The Needle has to deliver his critical information to Germany. However, he cannot do so while stranded on the island. To complicate matters, the Needle now has romatic interests which causes him to delay his mission. But, at the same time, causes The Needle great anxiety because he knows he has to relay his information to Germany. The Needle knows that the fate of Germany rests in his hands.
Sutherland plays the part of a notorious, ruthless, and cunning German spy to absolute perfection. You also see Sutherland struggle with himself to complete his mission, and save Germany. Kate Nelligan magnificently plays the role of a woman torn between "romance" and "duty to her country."
This is not your typical James Bond or Matt Helm flicks with all the well-shaped, beautiful women; fancy gadgets, and explosive action. Instead, Eye of the Needle is a good, old fashioned (dare I say it!) "Hitchcockian" suspense thriller that will keep you at the edge of your seats.
This is an excellent movie. . . well worth watching more than once. This film rates more than a five. . . Its a perfect 10.
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It is a pity that the website did NOT inform me that this was viewable only in the UK. I notice that that has been corrected but that still leaves me with an unwatchable DVDPublished 28 days ago by Thomas R. King
Could not play this DVD as it is for the English system and not the Canadian.Published 12 months ago by June Birnie
Don't get me wrong I know the movie is excellent. The problem,is .. I cannot view this movie with my DVD player due to region codes. I ordered it from Amazon. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Karen
Old movie but a great movie everyone should see it at least oncePublished 20 months ago by Vicki Rigsby
Fine film sent wrong region, part of an order the rest of which was OK.Published 21 months ago by Walter A. Babiak
I didn't realize that this DVD cannot be played in Canada, only in Europe! It should be stated explicitly right on the top that it is only for Region 2.Published on June 7 2014 by Michael Soltys
Great entertainment, however, odd that Donald Sutherlands hat remains glued to his head all through the movie despite rain and windPublished on Nov. 14 2013 by James P Jones
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