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The Eagle (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  11 February 2011 (USA)
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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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Cast

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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
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Galba
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Servius Placidus
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Seal Chief / The Horned One
István Göz ...
Cohort Centurion
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Celt Boy / Young Marcus
Zsolt László ...
Paulus
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Cassius
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

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Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,684,464 (USA) (11 February 2011)

Gross:

£2,770,774 (UK) (15 April 2011)
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Trivia

Historical Advisor for the film, Lindsay Allason-Jones, gave a talk to Newcastle University Archaeology Society about her experiences working on the film. She explained that the production company decided to use stirrups, despite their being anachronistic, because there would have been issues getting insurance for the lead actors, especially as Jamie Bell had never ridden before. See more »

Goofs

The screams of a red-tailed hawk are used in place of eagle sounds. Red-tailed hawks do not live in Europe. See more »

Quotes

[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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Not brilliant but an entertaining way to spend an evening
26 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went into this movie not knowing what to expect, and in the end I was rather pleased with it. Beautiful cinematography, great fight scenes, an interesting story . . . The movie also pays incredible attention to detail and is not afraid of a little dirt; one small thing that stood out to me is when they're eating dinner at the uncle's house, and it's kind of dark in there. Movies are always trying to convince us that a few candles light a house just as well as modern electric lights, but this one reminds us that no, they're candles. It's little things like that I found compelling: the characters acquire dirt and grime as they travel, the costumes and buildings are quite detailed, the Britons up in the north speak Gaelic and nothing but Gaelic. Often in movies with foreign languages, the characters will speak that foreign language for a few lines then switch into English. But the Britons keep up their Gaelic, and they speak it smoothly and fluently, too.

I really liked Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, too. Tatum seems to be trying to speak very properly and it's rather odd, but he's good as a stoic young man who wants to be honorable and is tired of spending his entire life being chastised for a mistake that he did not make. Jamie Bell is rather fantastic as the slave who has every reason to hate Rome except for his growing respect for his Roman master; he's unpredictable and tortured and terribly interesting to watch.

It's not a perfect movie--sometimes I wasn't sure that it knew what message it was trying to convey--but generally I liked it. I will probably purchase it when it comes out.


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