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The Eagle

Released on 25 July 2011

Featuring: Channing Tatum, Mark Strong & Jamie Bell

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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A Roman epic adventure, based on the classic novel of the same name, set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain.

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


  • Feature Commentary with Director Mike Elliot, Associate Producer Greg Holstein and cast members Sasha Jackson, Elizabeth Mathis and Rodger Halston
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Eagle: The Making Of A Roman Epic

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 Average rating (14 reviews)

 to find the eagle

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it would be easy to compare this film to last years centurion given they both about the lost eagle of the roman 9th legion, but that is only similarity, we could pick holes in casting american channing tatum as a roman but he gives it his all as he sets out with slave jamie bell into the mountains of scotland to recover the eagle lost by his dad some years earlier, the films captures the beauty and bleakness of scotland perfectly as the respect and friendship grows between our heroes travelling the land. the battle scenes are small but well staged, an enjoyable film that if you like histirical type films you wont be disappointed.

 boring!

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I can't understand why this film has got such good reviews. The acting is awful the story is poor and the native American Indians ( that's what they sound and look like to me ) are out of place in Roman England. I just don't get it, wish I hadn't wasted my thirteen quid!

 HIGHLAND FLING!!

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Arriving in weird proximity to Neil Marshall's much smaller budget, far bloodier and superior 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.
Blue-skinned natives battling an advanced invading empire? It's all just a little bit of history repeating. With their Mohawks and body paint, the Seal People (led by A Prophet's Tahar Rahim) are obvious evocations of Native Americans.
Sure enough,The Eagle is much less a swords'n'sandals epic than a western parable. There's some juicy subtext here: American actors cast as Romans, the meaningless conquest of Scotland and Marcus' inevitable role-reversal with Esca.
Sadly, The Last King Of Scotland screenwriter Jeremy Brock's script doesn't tease out the sophistication of its characters' struggles, which are boiled back to themes of loyalty, rivalry and honour.
Early on, Macdonald rattles our skulls with a thunderous battle, as Tatum leads a unit of centurions against a horde of tribal savages headed by a psychotic druid. But this is really a bromance between Billy Elliot and the star of Step Up.
Despite looking like a quarterback with a sword, Tatum has a solid screen presence, while Bell impresses as a Celt who finds himself helping the empire who slaughtered his people.
The Eagle quickly settles into a predictable, rambling path through an extraordinary landscape.
Viscerally capturing the harsh majesty of Scotland, Macdonald's visuals are brutal and beautiful -you don't need to go to Pandora for a sumptuous battle-scape.
More mud and rain than blood and brains, this is an intriguing, enjoyable adventure dressed up as a Roman epic.Vivid cinematography and bromance between Channing and Jamie keep it standing strong. But what stops this from just being a good epic adventure to what should have been great is the lack of blood shed so the movie can capture the family friendly 12 certificate. Maybe we'll be treated to a harder cut on DVD and Blue Ray if we are lucky.
See if you like.....
Centurion.
Spartacus Blood and Sand.
Gladiator.
Robinhood (2010)
KIngdom of Heaven (Directors Cut)
King Author (2004)

 HIGHLAND FLING!!

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Arriving in weird proximity to Neil Marshall's much smaller budget, far bloodier and superior 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.
Blue-skinned natives battling an advanced invading empire? It's all just a little bit of history repeating. With their Mohawks and body paint, the Seal People (led by A Prophet's Tahar Rahim) are obvious evocations of Native Americans.
Sure enough,The Eagle is much less a swords'n'sandals epic than a western parable. There's some juicy subtext here: American actors cast as Romans, the meaningless conquest of Scotland and Marcus' inevitable role-reversal with Esca.
Sadly, The Last King Of Scotland screenwriter Jeremy Brock's script doesn't tease out the sophistication of its characters' struggles, which are boiled back to themes of loyalty, rivalry and honour.
Early on, Macdonald rattles our skulls with a thunderous battle, as Tatum leads a unit of centurions against a horde of tribal savages headed by a psychotic druid. But this is really a bromance between Billy Elliot and the star of Step Up.
Despite looking like a quarterback with a sword, Tatum has a solid screen presence, while Bell impresses as a Celt who finds himself helping the empire who slaughtered his people.
The Eagle quickly settles into a predictable, rambling path through an extraordinary landscape.
Viscerally capturing the harsh majesty of Scotland, Macdonald's visuals are brutal and beautiful -you don't need to go to Pandora for a sumptuous battle-scape.
More mud and rain than blood and brains, this is an intriguing, enjoyable adventure dressed up as a Roman epic.Vivid cinematography and bromance between Channing and Jamie keep it standing strong. But what stops this from just being a good epic adventure to what should have been great is the lack of blood shed so the movie can capture the family friendly 12 certificate. Maybe we'll be treated to a harder cut on DVD and Blue Ray if we are lucky.
See if you like.....
Centurion.
Spartacus Blood and Sand.
Gladiator.
Robinhood (2010)
KIngdom of Heaven (Directors Cut)
King Author (2004)

 An interesting and certainly entertaining film.

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This is a quality film - historically on the money (with one or two very small exceptions), decent screenplay, good lead performances (especially Channing Tatum), fantastic photography, and very effective celtic mood music. If you liked Apocalypto, Valhalla Rising and Gladiator, you will like this. There are plenty of action sequences but without gratuitous gore but it also has the emotional tug that films for grown-ups should have.
A Roman bromance with echoes of The Defiant Ones - definitely worth an airing.

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ActorsChanning Tatum, Mark Strong, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Denis O'Hare & Tahar Rahim
DirectorKevin Macdonald
Certificate12 years and over
Year2011
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration1 hour and 54 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.