Eye of the Needle

Eye of the Needle (1981)

To love a stranger is easy. To kill a lover is not.

  • Genre: Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date: 1981-07-24
  • User Rating: 6.6/10 from 201 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 48min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Kings Road Entertainment
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
  • Director: Richard Marquand
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Great Britain, 1944, during World War II. Relentlessly pursued by several MI5 agents, Henry Faber the Needle, a ruthless German spy in possession of vital information about D-Day, takes refuge on Storm Island, an inhospitable, sparsely inhabited island off the coast of northern Scotland.

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  • Donald Sutherland

    as Faber
  • Kate Nelligan

    as Lucy
  • Ian Bannen

    as Godliman
  • Christopher Cazenove

    as David
  • Faith Brook

    as Lucy's Mother
  • Barbara Ewing

    as Mrs. Garden
  • David Hayman

    as Canter
  • Alex McCrindle

    as Tom
  • Philip Martin Brown

    as Billy Parkin
  • Stephen MacKenna

    as Lieutenant
  • George Belbin

    as Lucy's Father
  • Barbara Graley

    as David's Mother
  • George Lee

    as Constable
  • Arthur Lovegrove

    as Peterson
  • Colin Rix

    as Oliphant
  • Chris Jenkinson

    as German SS Officer
  • William Merrow

    as German Radio Operator
  • Patrick Connor

    as Inspector Harris
  • Rupert Frazer

    as Muller
  • Jonathan Nicholas Haley

    as Jo
  • John Bennett

    as Kleinmann
  • Sam Kydd

    as Lock Keeper
  • John Paul

    as Home Guard Captain
  • Richard Graydon

    as Home Guard Private
  • Michael Mellinger

    as Portuguese Man
  • Allan Surtees

    as Colonel Terry
  • Don Fellows

    as American Colonel
  • Stewart Harwood

    as Sailor #1
  • Rik Mayall

    as Sailor #2
  • Rory Edwards

    as Sailor #3
  • Ellis Dale

    as Station Master
  • Bill Fraser

    as Mr. Porter
  • Michael Josephs

    as German Naval Captain
  • John Rees

    as German Naval Operator
  • John Grieve

    as Inspector Kincaid
  • Bruce White

    as Oban Policeman
  • David Ashton

    as Oban Radio Operator
  • Bill Nighy

    as Squadron Leader Blenkinsop
  • Stephen Phillips

    as Home Guard Corporal
Directing Richard Marquand Director
Camera Alan Hume Director of Photography
Writing Stanley Mann Screenplay
Sound Miklós Rózsa Original Music Composer
Art John Hoesli Art Direction
Production Stephen J. Friedman Producer
Art Hugh Scaife Set Decoration
Editing Sean Barton Editor
Writing Ken Follett Novel
Art Bert Davey Art Direction
Art Wilfred Shingleton Production Design
Crew Jennifer Patrick Dialogue Coach
Production Claude Hudson Production Supervisor
Production John Comfort Production Manager
Directing Roger Simons Assistant Director
Camera Alec Mills Camera Operator
Camera Mike Frift Focus Puller
Sound Claude Hitchcock Sound Recordist
Sound Gerry Humphreys Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Costume & Make-Up John Bloomfield Costume Designer
Production Celestia Fox Casting Director
Directing Anthony Squire Second Unit Director
Crew Jack Lowin Second Unit Cinematographer
Costume & Make-Up Wally Schneiderman Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Beryl Lerman Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Mark Nelson Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Joan Carpenter Hairstylist
Visual Effects George Gibbs Special Effects Supervisor
Directing Angela Allen Continuity
Directing Valerie Booth Continuity
Crew Eddie Stacey Stunt Coordinator
Camera David Farrell Still Photographer
Editing Nick Hosker Assistant Editor
Art Ken Pattenden Construction Manager
Art Ken Softley Construction Manager
Production William Lang Location Manager
Production Lee Bolon Location Manager
Lighting Bob Bremner Gaffer