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The Eagle – Trailer

The Eagle is a 2011 historical epic film directed by Kevin Macdonald, and starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, and Donald Sutherland. Adapted by Jeremy Brock from Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical adventure novel The Eagle of the Ninth (1954), the film tells the story of a young Roman officer searching to recover the lost Roman eagle standard of his father’s legion in the northern part of Great Britain. The story is based on the Ninth Spanish Legion’s supposed disappearance in Britain.

The film, a British-American co-production, was released in the U.S. and Canada on 11 February 2011, and was released in the United Kingdom and Ireland on 25 March 2011.


Channing Tatum as Marcus Flavius Aquila
Jamie Bell as Esca
Donald Sutherland as Aquila’s Uncle
Mark Strong as Guern/Lucius Caius Metellus
Tahar Rahim as Prince of the Seal People
Denis O’Hare as Lutorius
Dakin Matthews as Senator Claudius
Pip Carter as Legate Placidus
Ned Dennehy as Chief of the Seal People


The Eagle received mixed reviews, with the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reporting that 39% of critics gave the film a positive review with an average score of 5.3/10, based on 140 professional reviews. The site’s consensus stated, “The Eagle has a pleasantly traditional action-adventure appeal, but it’s drowned out by Kevin Macdonald’s stolid direction and Channing Tatum’s uninspired work in the central role.” Metacritic gave the film an average score of 55/100 based on 35 critical reviews.The reception by audiences was similar, with audiences giving the film an average score of ‘C+’ according to CinemaScore.

Roger Ebert gave The Eagle three stars out of four saying that “it evokes the energy of traditional sword-and-shield movies” and praising its realistic battle scenes and limited use of CGI.

Box office performance

In the United States, The Eagle was released on February 11, 2011, in 2,296 theaters. It grossed $8,684,464 during its opening weekend, ranking 4th behind Gnomeo and Juliet, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Just Go With It.The film had a worldwide gross of $35,467,108 as of May 9, 2011, higher than its $25 million budget.


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