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The Eagle (2011)

The Eagle Movie

Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong, Denis O'Hare, Julian Lewis Jones

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Release Date: February 11th, 2011
Release Date: 25th March, 2011

Running Time: 114 Mins

Synopsis: In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila 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, 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.


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About the Movie

The Eagle is a film adaptation of the 1954 historical adventure novel The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff. Directed by Kevin Macdonald from a script by Jeremy Brock, the film is set in the 2nd century AD and is about a young Roman officer’s search to discover the truth about the disappearance of his father’s legion in the north of Britain and the recovery of the Roman eagle standard. The story is based on the legend of the Legio IX Hispana (Ninth Spanish Legion) which is alleged to have disappeared in Britain in around AD 117.

The film stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, and Mark Strong. Filming began on 24 August 2009 and took place in Hungary and Scotland. The film is a United Kingdom and United States co-production. It was released on 11 February 2011 in the USA and Canada through Focus Features, and it will be released on 25 March 2011 in the United Kingdom.

Movie Reviews

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Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle Of The Ninth is a classic of British young adult fiction: a well-told story of derring-do and friendship in a Roman milieu. This film adaptation, with its abbreviated title and American stars, suffers slightly from the advances in historical research since Sutcliff's time — we now know that the Ninth didn't vanish in Scotland at all — but its biggest problems are in a muddled execution that detracts from the well-directed action.

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Arriving in weird proximity to Neil Marshall's Centurion, Kevin Macdonald's Roman romper springboards off the same historical occurrence: the mysterious disappearance of the 5,000-strong Ninth Legion in uncharted Scotland, circa AD 117. Twenty years hence, the son of the man who led the Ninth, young general Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum), goes on a quest into the feared highland wilderness with Celtic slave Esca (Jamie Bell) to recover both his father's honour and the talismanic golden eagle from noble savages the Seal People.

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The soldiers of Rome's fabled Ninth Legion may have disappeared nearly two millennia ago, but Hollywood's fascination with them remains. The Eagle, directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), is the second mid-budget action flick to involve the Ninth in as many years, the first being Centurion, a hack-and-slash B-movie from genre director Neil Marshall. In comparison to Marshall's film, The Eagle is a bit classier in tone and considerably milder in content, perhaps out of deference to its source material.

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Kevin Macdonald has made a decent, forthright, if finally uninspired sword'n'sandal drama, based on Rosemary Sutcliff's 1954 children's novel The Eagle of the Ninth. It is set in AD140 in Roman Britain, and Channing Tatum stars as Marcus Aquila, an ambitious young commander who has accepted a posting to this barbaric place for one reason – to save his family's honour. Using as his pathfinder a British slave called Esca (Jamie Bell) whose life he spared, Marcus sets out on a personal mission in hostile territory to rescue the Ninth Legion's golden eagle standard.

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It's hard to think of a homegrown director with a more unpredictable career path than Kevin Macdonald. From documentaries on terrorism, mountaineering and, in 2012, Bob Marley to intense dramas like 'The Last King of Scotland' and slick Hollywood fare like 'State of Play', Macdonald seems intent on wrongfooting audiences at every turn. He'll release two wholly contradictory new films in the first half of 2011 alone: 'Life in a Day', due in May, is a globetrotting street-level documentary sourced entirely from YouTube clips.

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It's a really earnest adventure set in the second century. And you know what that means. It means you have to tune your brain back to at least the 1950s (it's based on a book published in 1954) or even earlier, to a time when manly honor was positioned above all else (there are no female speaking parts in the film), even if defending that honor meant smashing other cultures in the name of imperialism and forcefully taking what wasn't yours because "the god(s)" told you to.

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Rosemary Sutcliff's novel The Eagle of the Ninth has been loved by the young and the young-at-heart since its publication in 1954. More thoughtful and certainly more historically informed than the Boy's Own-style adventure quests to which it has sometimes mistakenly been likened, it has all the ingredients of a terrific adventure thriller: an epic quest narrative, strong characters, the tangled interplay of pride, loyalty and masculinity.

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'The Eagle' Stars

Channing Tatum, Denis O'Hare, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Bell, Julian Lewis Jones, Kevin Macdonald, Mark Strong

'The Eagle' Movie Links

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