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Eagle in a Cage (1965)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  20 October 1965 (USA)
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Recounts the events of the final years of Napoleon, culminating in his exile on the isle of St. Helena.

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

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Depicts Napolean's other exile; witty but cynical story
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Eagle in a Cage was included in the boxed DVD set, "50 War Movies." The transfer to digital isn't altogether successful but the acting and the story are good.

While "imprisoned" on a remote island, Napolean plots his return to power while the inhabitants try to (and sometimes succeed) befriend and/or seduce him. One of the more memorable characters is the rebellious Irish doctor who tries very hard to get Napolean to like him by doing everything he knows will make Napolean dislike him. It's difficult to describe his character otherwise.

Ultimately, an English lord arrives at the island with a proposal: if Napolean agrees to subjugate the unruly French and other European kingdoms, he will be allowed to "escape." Of course, he doesn't escape but I will let you discover why. The ending is emotional and you can't help but feel sorry for him once he realizes his fate. That's all the spoiler I will offer.

All in all, it is worth seeing if you enjoy witty dialog, Napoleanic history, intrigue and fine acting. You'll have to forgive the quality of the DVD but I'm sure the producers had little to work with after nearly 40 years of the film sitting in a basement somewhere.


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