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Fall of the Eagles (1989)

La chute des aigles (original title)
In World War II Germany, two young men, one, an ardent Nazi, and the other, a secret anti-Nazi, are in love with the same woman, the daughter of a wealthy banker. The two join the Army, and... See full summary »

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Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)

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Jesús Franco (adaptated by) (as Jess Franco), Georges Friedland (adaptated by) (as George Freedland) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Walter Strauss
Ramon Estevez ... Karl Holbach (as Ramon Sheen)
Mark Hamill ... Peter Froehlich
Alexandra Ehrlich Alexandra Ehrlich ... Lillian Strauss (as Alexandra Erlich)
Daniel Grimm Daniel Grimm ... Anton (as Harrison Grimm)
Carole Keeper Carole Keeper ... Johanna Menz
Craig Hill ... Major Holbach
Teresa Gimpera ... Lena
Teri Vallee Teri Vallee ... Rosa
Carlos Quiroga Carlos Quiroga ... Dimitri
Laurence Lamaire Laurence Lamaire ... Ingrid
Robert Ground Robert Ground ... Gestapo Chief
Antonio Mayans ... Hans Gruningen (as Antony Mayans)
Jacques Potin Jacques Potin ... Rudy
Steph Angelier Steph Angelier ... Otto Hemming
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In World War II Germany, two young men, one, an ardent Nazi, and the other, a secret anti-Nazi, are in love with the same woman, the daughter of a wealthy banker. The two join the Army, and the young woman becomes a nightclub singer. Eventually she joins the Army too, to entertain the troops, but circumstances soon result in her entire world being changed. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Drama | War

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 May 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fall of the Eagles See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color
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Mark Hamill and Sir Christopher Lee appeared in the Star Wars film franchise. Two of Lee's scenes in the movies are direct parallels to scenes in which Hamill appeared. Luke loses his hand to Darth Vader, while Vader, as Anakin, has his hand cut off by Count Dooku, played by Lee. Luke later defeats Vader by cutting off his robotic hand in their rematch, and is encouraged by Emperor Palpatine to kill him. Dooku similarly loses his hands to Anakin, who is encouraged by Chancellor Palpatine to kill him. See more »

Soundtracks

Ein, Zwei, Drei, Lili...
Lyrics by Amadeus
Music composed by Daniel White
Performed by Alexandra Ehrlich (as Alexandra Erlich)
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Decent WWII Drama Hampered by the Low Budget
13 January 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Fall of the Eagles (1989)

** (out of 4)

Low-budget WWII drama about a rich German banker (Christopher Lee) who objects to the fact that his daughter Lillian (Alexandra Ehrlich) is loved by two different German soldiers. Both Karl (Ramon Estevez) and Peter (Mark Hamill) love the woman but she can only select one. When the two go off to fight in the war she decides to become a dance hall singer, which doesn't sit well with her father. Soon the woman decides to go further into the war zone.

Jess Franco's FALL OF THE EAGLES is yet another low-budget film from the maverick director. This isn't a great film and it's not a bad one. The movie is okay but there's no question that it's appeal will be limited and it will mainly attract fans of the director who want to see everything he did throughout his long career. What I find most interesting about this film is that it was following FACELESS, which was Franco's comeback film after a decade of porno movies. That film was allowed a budget and the director did a very good job with it.

This film here looks very professional so there's no question that the director could make a good looking picture. With that said, this here was clearly meant to be a WWII epic but the budget just didn't allow for that and you can tell that it really hampered the film. This is especially true during the battle scenes as they are very minor and a lot of times it's just stock footage from other movies. There's a sequence where there's supposed to be a major bombing yet they just didn't have the budget to pull it off. I'd also argue that Franco doesn't bring any drama or romance to the story but this here can be blamed on the screenplay.

This here was the second film that Lee and Franco made during the late 80s and these were the first since their run during the late 60s. For the most part Lee is certainly the main reason to watch the picture as he turns in good and strong performance as the father ashamed of his daughter. Estevez is okay in his role but Hamill really doesn't get to add too much. I thought Ehrlich was also rather bland in her part. Again, the screenplay really doesn't let any of the actors do too much. Heck, it really doesn't help that everyone is speaking in a different accent and rarely are they German.

FALL OF THE EAGLES is a mildly entertaining film if you're a fan of the director but when the credits roll you can't help but wish it had a bigger budget.


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