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  • Actors: Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan, Stephen MacKenna, Philip Martin Brown, Christopher Cazenove
  • Directors: Richard Marquand
  • Writers: Ken Follett, Stanley Mann
  • Producers: Stephen J. Friedman
  • Format: Widescreen, Dubbed, PAL
  • Language: Spanish, German, English, Italian, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Italian, German
  • Dubbed: Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Jan. 2001
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000050GQM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,094 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Big-screen adaptation of the espionage thriller by Ken Follet. Faber (Donald Sutherland) is a Nazi spy, who poses as an Englishman when he is shipwrecked on a Scottish island en route to Germany. Befriending the beautiful Lucy (Kate Nelligan), whose marriage to a crippled, embittered pilot is faltering, Faber sets about seducing her, intending to use her to help carry out his mission and prevent the D-Day invasion.

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Englishmen know him as Faber, but to the Fatherland, he's the loyal and lethal spy known as "The Needle". On his way back to Germany, Faber is shipwrecked on an island outpost where he befriends Lucy, a beautiful Englishwoman who lives there with her family. Lonely and scorned by her bitter, crippled husband, Lucy falls for the enigmatic stranger not knowing that he's a traitor determined to prevent the D-Day invasion. But as their passion erupts, Lucy discovers the brutal truth - as love and war melt into an electrifying climax of eroticism, adrenaline and terror!

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
Eye of the Needle is part-espionage, part psychological thriller, part repressed love story. It's as gloomy as a rainy day. The film also is exciting, well acted and engrossing. Please note: elements of the plot are discussed below. Henry Faber (Donald Sutherland) is a ruthless, extremely competent German spy in England during WWII masquerading as an Englishman. When threatened, he's as quick to kill his landlady who discovers him at a clandestine radio as he is a fellow spy who might be captured. His preferred method is a quick, deep stiletto thrust to the heart.

Faber discovers that Patton's Third Army is a sham and that the invasion of Europe will take place at Normandy, not the Pas de Calais. Before he can transmit the information, he's shipwrecked on isolated Storm Island off the coast of Scotland. The only inhabitants are David (Christopher Cazenove), a former fighter pilot who lost the use of his legs on the day of his marriage four years ago, his wife, Lucy (Kate Nelligan), their four-year-old son, Joe, and Tom, an elderly man, often drunk, who looks after the lighthouse and takes care of the couple's sheep. David is deeply embittered, full of self-pity and suspicious. He's either unable or unwilling to be intimate with his wife. Lucy is loyal, but so lonely for affection she is drawn to the ship-wrecked, charming man in her midst. In some strange way, Faber also is drawn to Lucy...perhaps not by love, exactly, but toward a kind of closeness he has never permitted himself before.

One night, when David has taken a sleeping pill and gone to bed, Faber and Lucy are talking in front of the fire. Faber tells Lucy that her little boy is lucky to be so obviously loved. "I'm his mother," Lucy says with a smile, "and parents love their children." "No, no, not all," Faber says.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 May 2010
Format: DVD
1981's "Eye of the Needle," a canny World War II spy drama, is another of the good romantic thrillers made in the 80's. It's based on a novel by Ken Follett, with screenplay by Stanley Mann. It stars the Canadians Kate Nelligan (The Romantic Englishwoman [DVD] [1975]; and Donald Sutherland,(Don't Look Now (Special Edition) [DVD] [1973]), at the head of an excellent British cast; and it boasts a stunning musical score by Miklos Rosza, his last, that undoubtedly contributes to the film's moods. It was made on location in London and Scotland, features quite beautiful cinematography by Alan Hulme, and was ably directed by Richard Marquand.

The film opens at a critical point in the ongoing war. It deals with the so-called "Henry Faber," an important German spy dubbed "The Needle" at home for his favorite way of dispatching people, by stiletto. We find him in place in a railway yard, a useful place for him to be, until Hitler personally assigns him to double check the impending Allied plans to invade mainland Europe. This assignment will bring him eventually to isolated Storm Island, off Scotland's coast, where he will meet David, legless former air pilot (Christopher Cazenove The Duchess Of Duke Street - Series 1 - Part 4 [VHS] [1976]), and his unhappy wife Lucy (Nelligan). It quickly becomes a romantic triangle. The affair between Sutherland and Nelligan is a mature, passionate, sexy one: the film has placed Sutherland's age at 40, and Nelligan has been given a son.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2002
Format: DVD
There are not enough stars to describe this movie. As with any movie, if the entire book were portrayed, the movie would take eight hours. Therefore they could only show the relevant parts and had to do some voice over action to explain the missing logic. But they did not change the plot or the essence of the plot. And I would not think in a million years that Donald Sutherland would be picked to play Henry Faber. Yet now that I see the movie, He is the only person that could be believable as an attractive aloof German spy. Where did they find Kate Nelligan, who played Lucy so well? The island "Isle of Mull, Scotland, UK" looked just like the book. I am glad this is on DVD, as the as tapes tend to ware out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
Sometimes people need reminding about some really good films that have virtually disapeared over recent years. This is one of them. Brilliantly written,directed and photographed, and especially, acted, by Sutherland, and Nelligan, who in my opinion has never had a better role, or appeared so effortlessly sexy. Others have gone into plot details so I won't. Suffice to say at this price, with a first rate print, you owe it to yourself to buy this (and watch again and again). (And Sutherland is superb!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
The year is 1944, and a German spy (code-name: "the Needle") has photos that could damage the Allies' plans for D-Day. While trying to get the photos to a U-boat, he is shipwrecked on a remote island off the coast of Scotland, which is home to a disabled man, his lonely wife, and their child.

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.
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