Cinema: Happy Landing for a Whopper

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

Directed by JOHN STURGES Screenplay by TOM MANKIEWICZ

The Eagle Has Landed proceeds from a preposterous premise. Some time late in World War II, half-mad Hitler conceives a plot to kidnap Winston Churchill and bring him to Berlin as a hostage against the fate that the dictator sees gathering for him. In preparing a feasibility study of this enterprise in order to placate the leader, German intelligence discovers that it actually is not such a bad idea after all. The movie —which shows how this crazy notion was placed in operation and damn near succeeded—is a good idea too....

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