However, when the helicopter lands on the island towards the end of the film, you can see that this helicopter is in fact a Westland Widgeon fitted with a false, perspex nose. We are given hints to explain his isolation: He was raised by parents who did not love him, he was shipped off to boarding schools, he spent parts of his childhood in America, where he learned English. Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: Keywords: , , , , , ,. Some of the location filming was shot at. The enclosed-cabin that is briefly shown toward the end of the film is also an. She is told that help will be sent immediately, but in the meantime it is vital that she destroy the island's radio transmitter.
The last third of the movie turns into a bloody melodrama, as the Needle kills the husband and the lighthouse-keeper and threatens the woman, first in a psychological way and then with violence. Soon after, the British Intelligence agent who was chasing Faber arrives with the police. And the woman, frustrated by her husband's drunkenness and refusal to love, becomes attracted to the stranger. They used to star or. In his attempts to rendezvous with a Nazi submarine, he's shipwrecked on an isolated island occupied only by a lighthouse-keeper and by a young married couple, a woman , her legless husband Christopher Cazenove , and their son. The blazing glow of this film is enhanced by sizzling yet subtle scenes of lovemaking and a stunning Miklos Rosza score.
A ruthless German spy who goes by the name of Henry Faber is on his way back home from England after gathering information about the D-Day invasion for Hitler. The film is about a German spy in during who discovers vital information about the upcoming invasion, and his attempt to return to Germany while stranded with a family on the isolated Storm Island, off the coast of. None of these experiences fully explains his ruthlessness, but then perhaps it is just a spy's job to be ruthless. One of her shots strikes Faber but does not instantly kill him, and as he struggles to launch the boat, he falls forward dead. He is more of a dogged functionary. A ruthless German spy who goes by the name of Henry Faber Donald Sutherland is on his way back home from England after gathering information about the D-Day invasion for Hitler.
His assignment is to personally deliver news of the actual Allied invasion plans to Hitler. A romance develops between the woman and the spy due in large part to an estrangement between Lucy and her husband, an accident on their honeymoon having rendered him embittered and physically confined to a wheelchair. 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. Faber expresses admiration for what Lucy has done and tells her the war has come down to the two of them. It is effective, I think, to develop a plot like this at a deliberate pace, instead of rushing headlong through it. It was written by and based on the by.
He encounters a despondent Lucy, Faber's body, and the fleeing German submarine. Circumstances land him on Storm Island, a small, wind-swept patch of land off the English coast. Lucy, chancing upon her husband's dead body, realizes Faber has been lying to her and hatches a plan to get away from him. The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. Having been unable to transmit his information or reach the U-boat to get away safely, his mission has been thwarted. You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie. David has always been suspicious of Faber and, having discovered the mysterious guest is carrying military information, demands an explanation from him at gunpoint.
The Needle tries to use the radio to report to his superiors the exact location of the D-Day invasion, but just as he is about to impart the information, Lucy, having heard him speaking in German, blows the house's fuses, rendering the transmitter useless. Eye of the Needle attracts many viewers by its interesting content. But he's stuck with a young woman and her crippled husband, which soon brings some troubles. There he falls in love with the sensual Kate Nelligan, the unhappy, lonely wife of a crippled war vet. This one stars , as the kind of introverted psychopath who should inhabit only black-and-white movies, although the color here is sometimes gloomy enough to suffice.
This he intends to do with every fiber of his being, and yet we never get the feeling that the this man is a patriotic Nazi. The island vistas are breathtaking and Alan Hulme's pictures are rich and moody. I preferred to think of it as deliberate. She grows fond of him. As played by Sutherland, the Needle is a very lonely man.
We learn things about him that he may not even know about himself, and that is why the film's final scene is so much more complex than it seems. After narrowly escaping in , Faber tries to make his way to , but is stranded by fierce weather on Storm Island, a place occupied by only a woman named Lucy , her disabled husband David, their son, and a shepherd, Tom. That gives us time to meditate on the character of the Needle, and to ponder his very few, enigmatic references to his own behavior. Some people will find the movie slow going. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert.