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The Eagle Has Landed

135 min | Germany:125 min (25 fps) (TV version) | UK:145 min (25 fps) (extended version) | USA:123 min | USA:131 min (DVD version)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller | War
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John Sturges
Country: UK
Release Date: 1976-12-25
Filming Locations: Berkshire, England, UK
Budget: $6,000,000
Gross: SEK 836,791 (Sweden) ( 1976)
Donald Pleasence
Donald Pleasence
The Eagle Has Landed
Michael Caine
Colonel Steiner
Donald Sutherland
Liam Devlin
Robert Duvall
Colonel Radl
Jenny Agutter
Anthony Quayle
Admiral Canaris
Jean Marsh
Joanna Grey
Sven-Bertil Taube
Captain von Neustadt
John Standing
Father Verecker
Treat Williams
Captain Clark
Larry Hagman
Colonel Pitts
Alexei Jawdokimov
Corporal Kuniski
Richard Wren
Michael Byrne
Joachim Hansen
Denis Lill
Rick Parsé
(as Rick Parse)
Léonie Thelen
(as Leonie Thelen)
Keith Buckley
Terence Plummer
(as Terry Plummer)
Tim Barlow
George Wilde (Publican)
John Barrett
Laker Armsby
Kate Binchy
Maurice Roëves
Maj. Corcoran
David Gilliam
Jeff Conaway
Asa Teeter
Rob Reece
(as Robert G. Reece)
Jack McCulloch
Siegfried Rauch
Sgt. Brandt
Patrick Allen
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Leigh Dilley
Winston Churchill
Harry Fielder
Motorbike Outrider (uncredited)
Paul Finemore
Dead Diver (uncredited)
Anthony Forrest
Sgt. Hayley (uncredited)
Adolf Hitler
Himself - Greets Mussolini After Rescue (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wolf Kahler
Hauptsturmführer Fleischer (uncredited)
George Leech
Traumer (uncredited)
Roy Marsden
Stormbandführer Toberg, SS
Ferdy Mayne
Radl's Doctor (uncredited)
Peter Miles
Adolf Hitler
Benito Mussolini
Himself - Rescued by Skorzeny (archive footage) (uncredited)
Otto Skorzeny
Himself - Rescues Mussolini, Wears Binoculars (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joachim von Ribbentrop
Himself - Greets Mussolini and Hitler, Wears White Lapels (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kent Williams
Mallory (uncredited)
Did you know?
The MTB used in this film is actually MTB 102 an extremely important and illustrious boat used throughout WWII including during the Dunkirk evacuation of British and French forces in 1940 where it actually became the flagship of the fleet when the Admiral in charge of the operation transferred his flag to the boat after his destroyer was sunk. The production company paid for the completion of its restoration after being used by a local Sea Scout troop on the Norfolk Broads. The boat is still afloat and has a vast number of related articles about it on the internet including those about its design heritage and timely build just prior to the beginning of the war. A true historic boat.
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Devlin's (Donald Sutherland) motorcycle is a 125cc Royal Enfield Flying Flea. Two Flying Fleas were on set but neither being very reliable, a 125cc Yamaha engine was fitted into the Royal Enfield frame and was used in some shots with the Flying Flea engine noise superimposed. For the viewer to tell them apart, when Sutherland uses the hand gear change, it's the Flying Flea engine; when he uses his foot to change gear, it's the Yamaha engine.
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All the German paratroopers (both officers and men) are seen wearing their medals on their field uniforms. This is something unique to the German Armed Forces of World War 2 as they wore their medals even on the battlefield as compared to Allied forces who generally did not.
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There is a scene when one of the invading soldiers sits down to play a church's pipe organ. His hands are shown on the keys and it is blatantly obvious that he is not playing the technically challenging music that we hear.
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When Sgt. Brandt carries one of his dead comrades off the boat in the harbour on Alderney, he gets blood on the right shoulder of his jacket. When he walks up the stairs, where Colonel Radl is standing, the jacket is clean. Later, when Devlin is in the pub, the jacket is bloody again.
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There is a signpost in the Norfolk village clearly showing directions to nearby towns, including King's Lynn. It is common knowledge that all such signposts were removed for the duration of the war in order to disorientate and confuse invading German troops.
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Colonel Kurt Steiner: [under his breath] Not too slowly...
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Liam Devlin: [Molly reading letter from Liam. The letter is read in Liam's voice] Molly, my love... as a great man once said, I have suffered to see change and yet nothing can ever be the same again. I came here to Norfolk to do a job... not to fall in love. By now you'll know the worst of me. Try not to think it. To leave you... is punishment enough. But it will not end here. For as they say in Ireland, we have known the days. Liam.
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Colonel Kurt Steiner: Mr. Devlin, you are an extraordinary man.
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What are the differences between the theatrical version and the Extended version of the movie?
Despite the fact that there are several different cuts going around of this movie (see alternate versions), an Extended version of this classic has been released in the UK on DVD. This version features six new scenes, like a new opening sequence with Donald Pleasence. In total there are more than 15 minutes of new material. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.
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Photos from cast
Donald Pleasence Judy Geeson
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