This film is adapted from Rosemary Sutcliff's historical adventure novel The Eagle of the Ninth (1954).
The protagonist's name is Marcus Aquila. Aquila is the Latin word for "Eagle".
The statue which Marcus glances at at the fort before the first Celt attack is a bust of Antoninus Pius, who was emperor of Rome at the time this film is set, AD 140. His reign is considered one of the calmest in Rome's history.
In the scene where the troops are being woken up before the night attack on the fort, one of the soldiers complains about the helmets. As he laces the cheek plates, an injury is visible on his chin. This is derived directly from contemporary accounts of the laces on the helmets cutting into soldiers' chins being a common complaint.
The Eagle 2011
11 Feb 2011 ● English ● 1 hr 54 mins
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