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"The Eagle Has Landed"

Discussion in 'WWII Films & TV' started by wilconqr, Jun 18, 2003.

  1. wilconqr

    wilconqr Dishonorably Discharged

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    What about this one??? Been a long time since I've seen it, but isn't it about "Operation Sealion?"
     
  2. Martin Bull

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    Actually quite a while since I last saw it, too - but it's not about 'Sealion' ; it's about a fictitious attempt to assassinate Churchill, er, or was it Monty ? Anyhow it's from a best-selling book by Jack Higgins...
     
  3. C.Evans

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    It was Churchill that they were after. This movie has Michael Caine as a Gebirgsjager Officer who he and his men run afoul of the Gestapo for saving a Jewish Woman and they in turn get arrested and sent to a Penal Camp--where they are recruited for the operation to assasinate Churchill.

    Larry Hagman is a bumbling AMerican Colonel who wants to get his "Combat ticket" punched because he is such a bumbling person that the Army was trying to get rid of him by soon transferring him to a base in the USA. Instead--he winds up getting himself killed before that can happen. Also Treat Williams stars in the film and I think is an MP Lieutenant.

    I USED to like the movie alot but--I watched it again last year and decided I didn't really care much for it--tho it isn't a terrible movie. Donald Sutherland is also in the movie as an Irishman who is a Spy for the Germans.
     
  4. Martin Bull

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    Oh yes - I remember now.

    On the whole, it isn't quite as good as the famous film 'Went The Day Well ' which was actually made during the war and was really quite convincing.
     
  5. C.Evans

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    Whats "Went The Way Well," about? I've never heard of that one.
     
  6. redcoat

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    try this web page
    http://www.classicvideo.ch/FilmSheet.cfm?ID=8673


    'Went the Day Well? We died and never knew, But well or ill, For freedom we died for you,' -John Maxwell Edmonds
     
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    Thanks, redcoat... the film is an absolute classic and still quite scary even today. If you get a chance to see it - do so !
     
  8. Munken

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    Is it a movie? I have only read the book (It's my favorite). When was the movie made?

    [ 19. June 2003, 03:38 AM: Message edited by: Munken ]
     
  9. Munken

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    Do you know if it's any more movies based on books by Jack Higgins?

    [ 19. June 2003, 03:39 AM: Message edited by: Munken ]
     
  10. wilconqr

    wilconqr Dishonorably Discharged

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    Didn't it also star ole what's his name from "Apocalypse Now" fame err... "I love the smell of napalm in the morning," Yeah! Robert Duval, I think? ...as the German officer in charge of the operation? :confused:
     
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    Does he play Steiner? Or the officer that comes up with the plan? (Doesn't remember his name).
     
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    Yes - not sure of his name but he (Duvall) has an eye patch. I think he has to report failures / sucesses of the mission to Himmler.
     
  13. C.Evans

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    Thanks Redcoat--it's definately something I do want to see. [​IMG]
     
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    Duvall's character wasn't very optimistic. He said (in the movie) that he had his coffin built before the operation because if it failed...
     
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    I've never hear of this one before, but it sounds great! I'm going to rent it tonight.
     
  16. Bill Smith

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    Carl -

    One correction sir. Michael Caine's character was NOT a gebirgsjaeger officer. He was a member of the fallschirmjaeger! Horrido, don't cha know?!

    Bill
     
  17. C.Evans

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    Hi Bill--Are you sure? I don't remember seeing Luftwaffe insignia, I can swear I saw Green piping for Gebirgsjager?

    Well--one thing I got right is that they were dressed as German soldaten :D
     
  18. Panzerknacker

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    Oberst Steiner was in fact Gebirgsjager qualified, wearing the famed Edelweiss on his sidecap, but had jumped in Poland and Crete as part of a regular Fallschirmjager group. That is why his men were chosen because they were so suitable, and so qualified.
     
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    He had also jumped in Russia. After that he and his men was arrested in Poland. Didn't Steiner have the Ritterkreuz with oak leafs and sword by then?
     
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    Munken-Steiner was awarded the swords for his actions during the battle for Stalingrad.
     

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