Variety - 07/22/1981
"...It's a good yarn, remindful of some of Alfred Hitchcock and Fritz Lang's wartime [films]..."
New York Times - 07/24/1981
"...An ambitious, energetic thriller..."
A German spy washes up on a small island off the British coast and is taken in by a lonely woman whose husband was paralyzed years ago and hardly speaks to her. Her desire for sex is immediately apparent to the equally lonely spy (Sutherland), who quickly seduces the wife and begins to plot his escape from the island so that he can report back to Germany with news about the impending D-Day invasion. Based on the best seller by Ken Follett, EYE OF THE NEEDLE was helmed by the director of RETURN OF THE JEDI and features an incredibly icy performance by Sutherland.
A suspenseful adaptation of Ken Follett's best-selling 1978 spy novel. Master Nazi spy Faber travels to the remote Storm Island in Scotland, where he is to await a German submarine. His assignment: provide the U-boat's officers with information about the upcoming Allied invasion of Normandy. When Faber meets Lucy, the frustrated wife of a paraplegic, he begins an affair with her. Will Lucy figure out who Faber is and stop him from successfully completing his mission'
A little-known classic
Movie Lover: Lorraine Glessner from
Visalia, CA US -- June, 27, 2008
This taut thriller depicts the transformation of two unlikely lovers:
Him: A heartless Nazi killer spy whose code-name, "the Needle" probably refers to his method of killing. He is sent on assignment in England and learns top-secret information that could crush the Allied plan for D-day. But after being stranded on a remote island off the British coast, he falls in deeply love with...
Her: A neglected and shy wife who learns too late his terrible secret and must find the courage to defend herself, her child... and her country from impending doom.
Beautiflly acted by Kate Nelligand and Donald Sutherland. Don't miss this one.