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The Eye of The Needle 1981 ***

A pre Return of the Jedi Richard Marquand directs this atmospheric little WWII thriller, adapted from a book by ken Follett. Donald Sutherland plays Henry Faber aka The Needle, a German spy in a remote Scottish island who develops a romance with local girl (Kate Nelligan). Faber is pretending to be English while he waits to be picked up by the Nazis, and he’s quite prepared to use a vicious stiletto blade to protect himself. Marquand does well with the Isle of Mull locations, and gets decent performances from Sutherland and Nelligan; the small scale of the drama is surprising for a war film, and there’s early roles for Bill Nighy and Rik Mayall.


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