R | | Romance, Thriller, War
A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband.
The meaning and relevance of this film's title "Eye of the Needle" is that it is a reference to the eye of the stiletto blade that Nazi spy Henry Faber uses to kill his enemies. The needle of the title is in this case a metaphor for the stiletto blade. The title represents a slight reworking of the wording of and an allusion to, the aphorism "Eye of a Needle". The eye of a needle is the top part of a needle (opposite to the prick or point) which has an oval loop made for thread, the circular oval shape being a metaphor for an "eye."
Singvogel. Hier ist die Nadel. Kommen.
Donald Sutherland is seen riding a motor bike registration LSP93 issue in Fife in 1954 but the film is set in 1944.
NTSC DVD R1 and PAL DVD R2, have different endings. European PAL DVD version ending is approx. 1.5 minutes longer. 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. it's sort of a happy end. This ending was cut from NTSC DVD version.