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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.


Fielder Cook


Millard Lampell (screenplay)




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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Athol Coats Athol Coats ... Sentry (as Athol Coates)


In 1815, a soldier becomes the Governor of St. Helena, and jailer of Napoleon.

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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 »


[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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Life on St. Helena
18 August 2014 | by bkoganbingSee 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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