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Once an Eagle 

The story of two Army officers, one a ruthless, career-obsessed schemer, the other his exact opposite, and their personal and professional lives from the end of World War I to the beginning of Vietnam.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Cliff Potts Cliff Potts ...  Courtenay Massengale 7 episodes, 1976-1977
Darleen Carr ...  Tommy Caldwell 7 episodes, 1976-1977
Amy Irving ...  Emily Pawlfrey Massengale 7 episodes, 1976-1977
Glenn Ford ...  George Caldwell 7 episodes, 1976-1977
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Ralph Bellamy ...  Ed Caldwell 4 episodes, 1976
Dane Clark ...  Harry Sheppard 4 episodes, 1976
Andrew Duggan ...  Gen. McKelvey 4 episodes, 1976
Lynda Day George ...  Marge Krisler 4 episodes, 1976
Gary Grimes ...  Jack Devlin 4 episodes, 1976
Clu Gulager ...  Alvin Merrick 4 episodes, 1976
Robert Hogan ...  Ben Krisler 4 episodes, 1976
Kim Hunter ...  Kitty Damon 4 episodes, 1976
David Huddleston ...  Earl Preis 4 episodes, 1976
Juliet Mills ...  Joyce 4 episodes, 1976
Harriet Nelson ...  Harriet Nelson 4 episodes, 1976
Albert Salmi ...  Sen. Bert McConnadin 4 episodes, 1976
John Saxon ...  Capt. Townshend 4 episodes, 1976
James Shigeta ...  Lin Tso-Han 4 episodes, 1976
Barry Sullivan ...  Gen. Bannerman 4 episodes, 1976
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Forrest Tucker ...  Col. Avery 4 episodes, 1976
David Wayne ...  Col. Terwilliger 4 episodes, 1976
William Windom ...  Gen. Duke kPulleyne 4 episodes, 1976
Anthony Zerbe ...  Dave Shifkin 4 episodes, 1976
John Anderson ...  George Varney 4 episodes, 1976
Andrew Robinson ...  Reb Rayburne 4 episodes, 1976
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Ron Masak ...  Maynard Lambert 4 episodes, 1976
James Cromwell ...  J.L. Cleghorne 4 episodes, 1976
George Wyner ...  Dr. McCabe 4 episodes, 1976
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Bryan A. Seneviratne Bryan A. Seneviratne ...  Japanese Soldier 4 episodes, 1976
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The story of two Army officers, one a ruthless, career-obsessed schemer, the other his exact opposite, and their personal and professional lives from the end of World War I to the beginning of Vietnam.

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Taglines:

Duty. Honor. Country.

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Once an Eagle See more »

Filming Locations:

Napa Valley, California, USA

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Universal Television See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Charlton Heston had wanted to make a movie of this back in the 1960s. See more »

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In the World War One scenes (set in 1918), the German soldiers are shown wearing the 1914-style uniforms with spiked helmets, which were phased out in 1916. See more »

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6 May 2004 | by hipshot49See all my reviews

I note that the book this was based on was republished a couple of years back to "rave" reviews. I reread it and it was as good as I remembered it.

The series, which, due to the type of work I was doing at the time, I only saw parts of, was also marvelous. Of course, I have to admit, I've seen very few movies with Sam Elliot that I didn't like.

A synopsis of the plot traces the lives of two Army officers; one (Elliot) an enlisted Medal of Honor winner in World War I who was given a battlefield commission and the other a rich West Point graduate staff officer who never heard a shot fired in anger; as their careers and lives moved forward through World War II and beyond.

I see that practically every other miserable excuse for a mini-series has been released on video or DVD, I would say it is long past time that this quality piece of work received its due.


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