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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Kevin Macdonald

Writers:

Jeremy Brock (screenplay), Rosemary Sutcliff (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Channing Tatum ... Marcus
István Göz István Göz ... Cohort Centurion
Bence Gerö Bence Gerö ... Celt Boy / Young Marcus
Denis O'Hare ... Lutorius
Paul Ritter ... Galba
Zsolt László Zsolt László ... Paulus
Julian Lewis Jones ... Cassius
Aladár Laklóth Aladár Laklóth ... Flavius Aquila
Marcell Miklós Marcell Miklós ... Fort Legionary 1
Bálint Magyar Bálint Magyar ... Fort Legionary 2
Ferenc Pataki Ferenc Pataki ... Fort Legionary 3
Bálint Antal Bálint Antal ... Young Legionary
Lukács Bicskey Lukács Bicskey ... Druid
Douglas Henshall ... Cradoc
James Hayes James Hayes ... Stephanos
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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

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


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Rated PG-13 for battle sequences and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Plenty of fan-made Marcus/Esca videos inspired by the film The Eagle can be found posted on the Web. See more »

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Marcus noted that Esca knew the Northern language and could interpret. Esca was the son of a Brigantes chief and spoke Brythonic, which is close to Welsh. The Brigantes had controlled a large section of northern England. When they pass through Hadrian's Wall into Scotland, Esca speaks in Gaelic to everyone. There were no Gaelic speakers known to be in Scotland in 120 A.D. Most scholars believe the inhabitants [the Picts] spoke a Brythonic language related to but distinct from British. The first Roman recording of Gaelic speakers [the Scotti] in Scotland was in a skirmish at Hadrian's Wall in 297, and immigration wasn't until circa 400 A.D. Esca could indeed interpret, but in Brythonic not Gaelic. See more »

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[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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Crazy Credits

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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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 10 March 2011 (2011) See more »

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The Return of the Eagle
Performed by Torc featuring Eoghan Neff, Flaithri Neff (as The Neff Brothers) and Atli Örvarsson
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One of the better Roman conquest films I've seen . . .
22 January 2012 | by niallod-272-922505See all my reviews

I'll keep my review short; no verbose reviews from me. This is one of the better Roman conquest films I've seen. I look for historic, geographic and topographic accuracies and the film starts with densely wooded scenes, reflecting the fact that Britain was densely forested right up until medieval times. The scenes look fairly realistic but the main characters managing to remain cleanly shaven despite being on an arduous journey is not so accurately reflecting reality. I like the genuine use of the Gaelic language by the Celts/Scoti/Picts, a language which I learned in school, so I could follow it, and there is a scene where they drink Uisce Beatha/Uisghe Beatha - The Water of Life - Whiskey/Whisky, the beverage apparently originally brought from Ireland to Scotland by the Irish predecessors of the Scoti. In the long historic run of things, the Roman and Norman conquests of Britain set the path to the island becoming the root of the British Empire, as they introduced the urban and feudal ruling systems respectively. If Britain had not been conquested thus, history and development would have turned out very differently for Britain. This one is worth watching for history as well as for the story itself.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

11 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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The Eagle See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,684,464, 13 February 2011

Gross USA:

$19,490,041

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,989,684
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