The Flight Of The Eagle

  • 1982
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Adventure, Biography

Hauntingly beautiful photography of the Arctic region is the highlight of this film, based on the ill-fated Andree expedition of 1897. Max von Sydow plays the explorer S.A. Andree, who attempts to fly a balloon to the North Pole despite numerous warnings of the dangers involved. After only three days in the air, Andree and his two assistants-- Nils Strindberg...read more

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Hauntingly beautiful photography of the Arctic region is the highlight of this film, based on the ill-fated Andree expedition of 1897. Max von Sydow plays the explorer S.A. Andree, who attempts to fly a balloon to the North Pole despite numerous warnings of the dangers involved. After

only three days in the air, Andree and his two assistants-- Nils Strindberg (Goran Stangertz), a descendent of Andree, and Knut Fraenkel (Sverre Anker Ousdal), a Norwegian athlete--crash into the frozen tundra. Desperate and near death, they have little hope of making it back to civilization. With

its picturesque photography, FLIGHT OF THE EAGLE definitely deserves to be seen on the big screen, though the latter half of the film, with the three men struggling across the icy wastes, tends to drag. What the film most lacks is that certain edge that separates expansive and lengthy films from

truly great epic adventures. This lifelong project for director Jan Troell failed to find its hoped-for audience, although it was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Film. A 180-minute version was shown on European television. (In Swedish; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1982
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Hauntingly beautiful photography of the Arctic region is the highlight of this film, based on the ill-fated Andree expedition of 1897. Max von Sydow plays the explorer S.A. Andree, who attempts to fly a balloon to the North Pole despite numerous warnings o… (more)

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