Rent Eye of the Needle (1981)

3.5 of 5 from 72 ratings
1h 48min
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Synopsis:
Donald Sutherland and Kate Nelligan play star-crossed lovers torn between passion and allegiance in this heart-wrenching World War II-set thriller, played out against the Blitz-scarred 1940s backdrop of England and the windswept hills of the Scottish Islands. En route to the Fatherland with secrets that will stop the D-Day invasion, ruthless spy 'The Needle' (Sutherland) finds himself shipwrecked on the remote Storm Island. Here he becomes involved in a perilous affair with the beautiful but lonely Lucy (Nelligan), who lives there with her bitter, crippled ex-RAF husband, David (Christopher Cazenove). But can the fierce passion of illicit love survive the bitter realities of war?
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Ken Follett, Stanley Mann
Studio:
MGM
Genres:
British Films, Action & Adventure, Romance, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/01/2001
Run Time:
108 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, German Hard of Hearing, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Menu
  • Scene Access
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/09/2018
Run Time:
112 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary
  • Alternate ending sequence
  • Donald Sutherland Guardian interview
  • Careless Talk Costs Lives: Wartime Warnings - three short wartime propaganda films

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Reviews (1) of Eye of the Needle

Donald Sutherland at his Best, good film! - Eye of the Needle review by NA

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04/08/2020

I saw this film about 20 years on TV (standard definition 720x576) the transfer onto Blu-ray gives a nice picture and although grainy at times it's still a good watch.

The Blu-ray rented out by Cinema Paradiso has been sourced from an American master by the looks of it because it has a different ending, the European disc is approx. 1.5 minutes longer.

On the European Blu-ray In the last scene, the helicopter arrives and lands, there is a conversation with the commander about the radio transmission being interrupted and finally the child arrives and reunites with his mother. This ending was cut from the American version Blu-ray.

Nevertheless still worth renting.

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