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The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Nov 14, 2000
• R2: 14 Apr 2003

Budget USD 6,000,000

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Running Time
2 hours, 14 minutes

Country UK

Studio Associated General Films, Columbia Pictures, Filmways Australasian Distributors, ITC Films

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• Der Adler ist gelandet (1977)
• La Notte dell'aquila (1976)

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Genre: Adventure, War, Drama, Suspense, World War II, Spy, Kidnapping, Space

Tagline: In 1943 sixteen German paratroopers landed in England. In three days they nearly won the War.

Plot: John Sturges's adaptation of Jack Higgins's best-selling suspense novel stars Michael Caine as Nazi Col. Kurt Steiner. When the Nazi high command learns in late 1943 that Winston Churchill will be spending time at a country estate in Norfolk, it hatches an audacious scheme to kidnap the prime minister and spirit him to Germany for enforced negotiations with Der Führer. Heinrich Himmler (Donald Pleasence) assigns Col. Max Radl (Robert Duvall) to mastermind the operaton. He enlists the aid of Steiner, who has been imprisoned for subordination and is awaiting sentence, by offering him a chance to save his life. Liam Devlin (Donald Sutherland), an IRA lifer who hates the British, also signs on for the mission. Steiner and his commando team parachute into the small village of Sudley disguised as Polish soldiers and appear to the populace to be paratroopers running through exercises. As they await the arrival of Churchill, one of the commandos rescues a boy from drowning in a nearby river, inadvertently revealing his Nazi colors in the process. Steiner realizes that some changes will have to made in his timetable. THE EAGLE HAS LANDED is an enjoyable Alistair MacLean-like mission impossible, ably served by Sturges and a stellar cast.

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 Directed by
John Sturges
The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Bad Day at Black Rock
 Written by
Jack Higgins
A Prayer for the Dying, The Wrath of God, Windsor Protocol
Tom Mankiewicz
Live and Let Die, Mother, Jugs & Speed, Dragnet
Michael Caine
Batman Begins, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Cider House Rules
Donald Sutherland
The Italian Job, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Cold Mountain
Robert Duvall
The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now
Jenny Agutter
An American Werewolf in London, Logan's Run, Walkabout
Donald Pleasence
Halloween, The Great Escape, Escape from New York
Treat Williams
Once Upon a Time in America, The Devil's Own, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
Larry Hagman
Primary Colors, Nixon, Fail-Safe
 Music By
Lalo Schifrin
Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible, Rush Hour

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