Connect with us


Eye of the Needle (1981, Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan)



Richard Marquand’s part spy thriller, part love-triangle Eye of the Needle is set in war-time Britain. Henry Faber (Donald Sutherland), a seemingly innocuous railway worker is in fact, a Nazi spy, known as ‘The Needle’, who passes back to his superiors Allied troop movements. Ordered to report on the plans for the D-Day invasion, he discovers the Allies’ fake plans and the secret real landing spots and, pursued by counter-intelligence officer Godliman (Ian Bannen), heads to Scotland and a rendevouz with a U-Boat.

But a storm strands him on an isolated island, where he is taken in by Lucy (Kate Nelligan) and her wheelchair-bound husband David (Christopher Cazenove), an ex-Spitfire pilot. Lucy and Faber begin an affair but he is still desperate to fulfil his mission. Finding out that another inhabitant on the island has a radio transmitter, he sets out with David who has, by now, realised not only Faber’s real role but also his affair with Lucy. As Faber desperately tries to contact the U-Boat, only David and Lucy can stop him passing on the secrets that will keep the world enslaved.

Marquand balances the chase elements and the love affair superbly, with Nelligan offering a convincing portrait of a woman in love with her husband but desperately unfulfilled and alone on the island while Sutherland, despite being brutal in pursuit of his task, also brings sympathy to his role, showing a man tired of lying and hiding, not allowed to form relationships. The film, largely shot on the Isle of Mull, captures the isolation of the island life superbly and the end film is both taut yet tender.

production details
UK / 112 minutes / 1981

Director: Richard Marquand
Writers: Stanley Mann from Ken Follet’s novel,

Donald Sutherland as Henry Faber
Kate Nelligan as Lucy Rose
Stephen MacKenna as Lieutenant
Christopher Cazenove as David Rose
Philip Martin Brown as Billy Parkin
George Belbin as Lucy’s Father
Barbara Graley as David’s Mother
George Lee as Constable
Arthur Lovegrove as Peterson
Colin Rix as Oliphant
Barbara Ewing as Mrs. Garden
Ian Bannen as Inspector Godliman
Faith Brook as Lucy’s Mother

and this just in

Episodes13 mins ago

Day of the Dead: To Anyone Who Can Hear My Voice (S1EP8 Syfy Fri 3 Dec 2021)

To Anyone Who Can Hear My Voice: The fortress of Paymart comes under siege as survivors are forced to fight...

Episodes13 mins ago

How To with John Wilson: How To Appreciate Wine (S2EP2 HBO Fri 3 Dec 2021)

How To Appreciate Wine: When confronted by the overwhelming and mysterious world of wine, John attempts to master his senses...

Episodes13 mins ago

Blue Bloods: Reality Check (S12EP8 CBS Fri 3 Dec 2021)

Reality Check: Danny partners with Anthony to solve a double homicide when Anthony’s shady cousin, Joey (Anthony DeSando), proves to...

Episodes13 mins ago

The New York Times Presents: To Live and Die in Alabama (S1EP11 FX Fri 3 Dec 2021)

To Live and Die in Alabama: Three police officers died in a shootout at a drug house in Alabama. One...

Episodes13 mins ago

Disney’s Magic Bake-Off: Holiday (S1EP12 Disney Channel Fri 3 Dec 2021)

Holiday: Three teams of two young pastry chefs race against the clock to design a Disney-inspired cake in the hopes...

Episodes13 mins ago

Ridiculousness: Chanel And Sterling CDI (S23EP36 MTV Fri 3 Dec 2021)

Chanel And Sterling CDI: In an all-new episode of Ridiculousness Rob, Chanel and Sterling discuss UNCUFFING SEASON, break down the...

Episodes13 mins ago

Ridiculousness: Holiday III (S23EP35 MTV Fri 3 Dec 2021)

Holiday III: On an all-new special holiday episode of Ridiculousness Rob, Chanel and Steelo experience some Christmas wins in CHRISTMAS...

Episodes13 mins ago

Gold Rush: White Water: Episode 5 (S5EP5 Discovery Channel Fri 3 Dec 2021)

The Nugget Trap: The Dakota Boys accidentally put a crew member’s life at risk after discovering a rich nugget trap....


Episodes13 mins ago

My Lottery Dream Home: Seven Million Big Ones (S11EP3 HGTV Fri 3 Dec 2021)

Seven Million Big Ones: Two New York EMTs have dedicated their lives to helping others, but with a lotto win...

Episodes13 mins ago

Nancy Drew: The Burning of the Sorrows (S3EP8 The CW Fri 3 Dec 2021)

Nancy (Kennedy McMann), Bess (Maddison Jaizani), Agent Park (guest star John Harlan Kim) and Temperance (guest star Bo Martynowska) have...

Episodes13 mins ago

The UnXplained: Secrets of the Immortals (S3EP5 History Fri 3 Dec 2021)

Secrets of the Immortals: Sacred waters with remarkable healing powers. Ancient mystics who lived for hundreds of years. A scientific...

Episodes14 mins ago

The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways; Octavia Spencer; Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle; Blake Vogt (S2021EP185 Syndication Fri 3 Dec 2021)

Octavia Spencer ("Encounter"); Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle ("PEN15"); magician Blake Vogt performs a trick. Airdate: Fri 3 Dec 2021...

Episodes14 mins ago

The Peoples Court: Feuding with a Friend (S25EP60 FOX Fri 3 Dec 2021)

Feuding with a Friend: A feud between friends is at the center of a case in Judge Marilyn Milians court...

Episodes14 mins ago

Jeopardy!: Returning Champion Vs. Brooke Sachs Vs. Andrew Rafner, show # 8525. (S2021EP60 Syndication Fri 3 Dec 2021)

Returning Champion; Brooke Sachs / Washington, DC, User Experience Designer; Andrew Rafner / Thousand Oaks, California, Set Decorator. Airdate: Fri...

image description image description
Episodes14 mins ago

The Patrick Star Show: Just in Time for Christmas (S1EP14 Nickelodeon Fri 3 Dec 2021)

Just in Time for Christmas: Patrick travels through time to find a last-minute Christmas gift for his family. Airdate: Fri...

Episodes14 mins ago

Penn & Teller: Fool Us: Magic Cubed (S8EP8 The CW Fri 3 Dec 2021)

Magic Cubed: Aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn...