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In Roman-ruled Britain, a young Roman soldier endeavors to honor his father's memory by finding his lost legion's golden emblem.

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Uncle Aquila
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Seal Prince
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Lutorius
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Claudius Marcellus
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Cradoc
Paul Ritter ...
Galba
Pip Carter ...
Servius Placidus
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Seal Chief / The Horned One
István Göz ...
Cohort Centurion
Bence Gerö ...
Celt Boy / Young Marcus
Zsolt László ...
Paulus
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Cassius
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In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia - to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the lost legion's golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth. Written by Focus Features

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wall | hadrian's wall | slave | soldier | eagle | See more »

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The destiny of a soldier. The honour of a slave. The fate of an empire.

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Adventure | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for battle sequences and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 February 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'aigle de la neuvième légion  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,038,954 (UK) (25 March 2011)

Gross:

£2,770,774 (UK) (15 April 2011)
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The two lead actors in this film both had breakthrough roles playing dancers: Jamie Bell in Billy Elliot (2000) and Channing Tatum in Step Up (2006). See more »

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As Marcus and Esca ride across the countryside, they use stirrups, which are not known in Europe until the 7th century AD. See more »

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[first lines]
Marcus Aquila: Marcus Flavius Aquila, Fourth Cohort of Gaul, Second Legion, come to relieve the command.
Lutorius: Lutorius Drusillus Salinator, acting senior officer.
Marcus Aquila: Where's the garrison commander?
Lutorius: He left this morning, sir. Couldn't wait to get away.
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The names of the Director, of the Writers (screenplay and Novel) and of the main Cast are red in an old English language. See more »

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The Return of the Eagle
Performed by Torc
Featuring The Neff Brothers and Atli Örvarsson
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Channing Tatum makes this movie revolve around him
12 February 2011 | by (Champaign, IL) – See all my reviews

I can relate to this story, a son of a soldier tries to restore the family name by returning the figure of an eagle to its rightful place, Roman Britain. It's unknown how his father lost it north of the Hadrian Wall but it was his duty to protect it like the honor of Rome itself, and he failed.

As Ebert points out, there isn't much to glean from this film as to actual tactics, but they get across the feeling of all out warfare quite well. But to me the real treat of this film is not the imagining of Roman Britain, but the steadfast attitude and resolve of the hero, Marcus, played almost effortlessly by Channing Tatum. The trick is to instill in the men in the audience the feeling of being there, seeking to restore the family name despite the odds, and Channing is quite good at that. You pick it up from him somehow and that's amazing considering how far we are from Roman times.

I would quibble about the portrayal of the barbarians, but all in all quite an enjoyable film.


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