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Eagle in a Cage (1972)

GP | | Drama | 25 April 1972 (Poland)
In 1815, a soldier becomes the Governor of St. Helena, and jailer of Napoleon.

Director:

Fielder Cook

Writer:

Millard Lampell (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Gielgud ... Lord Sissal
Ralph Richardson ... Sir Hudson Lowe
Billie Whitelaw ... Madame Bertrand
Kenneth Haigh ... Napoleon Bonaparte
Moses Gunn ... General Gourgaud
Ferdy Mayne ... Count Bertrand
Lee Montague ... Cipriani
Georgina Hale ... Betty Balcombe
Michael Williams ... Dr. O'Meara
Hugh Armstrong ... English soldier
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Athol Coats Athol Coats ... Sentry (as Athol Coates)
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In 1815, a soldier becomes the Governor of St. Helena, and jailer of Napoleon.

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War and women were his passions... and no island fortress could cage his lust for power! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1972 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein gewisser General Aparte See more »

Filming Locations:

Yugoslavia

Company Credits

Production Co:

Group W, Ramona See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Goofs

Napoleon asks a British guard where he did battle. The guard replies, "Egypt, Waterloo, Corsica." The British had not fought at Corsica, by the time Napoleon was on Elba. While the British did have a NAVAL battle in Egypt against the French (August 1798), the soldier would have to be on a naval vessel. The British fought at Waterloo AFTER Napoleon escaped from Elba. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Count Bertrand: Allow me to introduce myself.
Sir Hudson Lowe: That's quite unnecessary. I know who you are.
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Connections

Version of Eagle in a Cage (1965) See more »

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I am a retired history teacher and STILL thought this was boring!
3 April 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Eagle in a Cage" is a film about the exile of Napoleon to the island of St. Helena—where he was to remain until his death in 1821. It stars some nice British actors (such as Ralph Richardson and Billie Whitelaw) and no one had even a trace of a French accent—and this is especially true of Napoleon!

For the most part, this film consists of people on this island fortress standing around talking, talking and doing more talking. It's excruciatingly dull stuff. Had the film been about Napoleon's exile to Elba (from which he escaped and renewed the Napoleonic Wars), then it could have been interesting. The greatest interest in this one consisted of folks conspiring and a few raised eyebrows. Insipid stuff indeed and I have no idea why they bothered to make this film in the first place. The only people who MIGHT enjoy this are folks who think Napoleon was hot stuff—and, outside of France, there just aren't too many of those people. Not worth your time unless you are excruciatingly patient.


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