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5.0 out of 5 stars "Hier ist die Nadel --- Kommen!", 3 July 2008
This review is from: Eye Of The Needle [DVD] (DVD)
I return to this film at least once a year, which may be thought a bit sad, but in fact is a testament to its dramatic force. In WW2 London, Donald Sutherland, an Abwehr spy and ex-Kriegsmarine officer, trusted by both Canaris and Hitler, "The Needle" (from his method of disposing of the unwanted...), is uncovered and flees to Western Scotland. On a small island are living crippled ex-pilot Cristopher Cazenove lives, drunken and resentful, with his wife Kate Neligan and their small son. The Needle wants to rendezvous with a U-Boat, in order to transmit in person to Hitler vital information about the likely invasion point in 1944 France.

There are a few weak points in the plot: by 1943-44, the Red Army was already pushing the Wehrmacht aside on the Eastern Front, surely the most important strategic factor of WW2; secondly, the ending, though effective, is slightly less than plausible, though not absurdly so. However, overall, this is a great film for a dull afternoon. The locations and filming are good, albeit that Marylebone Station in London seems to be substituted for 1940's Euston (replaced by something monumentally ugly and architecturally poor by the time this film was made)and one can see the 1960's redbrick hotel (Thistle? Scot? I forget the name but stayed there once) beyond Marylebone, in one --brief-- shot. These are, perhaps, only quibbles, which is why I give the film 5 stars. See it.
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