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Eagle in a Cage (1972)

GP | | Drama | 9 January 1972 (USA)
1815. A soldier becomes the governor of St. Helena and jailer of Napoleon. High brow.

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Recounts the events of the final years of Napoleon, culminating in his exile on the isle of St. Helena.

Director: George Schaefer
Stars: Trevor Howard, James Daly, Pamela Franklin
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1815. A soldier becomes the governor of St. Helena and jailer of Napoleon. High brow.

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Count Bertrand: Allow me to introduce myself.
Sir Hudson Lowe: That's quite unnecessary. I know who you are.
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Life on St. Helena
18 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Another man who didn't enjoy power so much might have found life on St. Helena pleasant enough. This rocky island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean southern hemisphere seems a pleasant enough prison as a jail for one man alone. Kenneth Haigh as the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte has an old mistress in Billie Whitelaw visiting, he has a personal physician in Michael Williams. Even the governor of the island Ralph Richardson has his reasons for seeing to the exiled Emperor's comfort albeit Richardson is one stuffy bore.

But Bonaparte is about power and when visiting British Lord John Gielgud arrives with a proposition to get back to Europe with a Mission Impossible type mission Haigh is more than tempted. The United Kingdom had a Foreign Secretary at the time named Lord Castlereagh who firmly believed that Great Britain had no permanent friends or permanent enemies, just permanent interests. Gielgud is his representative in every way.

Only when the two acting knights are together does this film have any spark to it. I do so love the way Gielgud and Richardson play off each other, Gielgud the supreme cynic and Richardson a dull plodder.

But other than that the pace of this film is excruciatingly dull and sluggish. Not even Gielgud and Richardson can save it.


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