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Eye of the Eagle

An action-adventure for older kids, "Eye of the Eagle" plays like a classic matinee film in the Robin Hood tradition. Dubbed versions should be an easy sell. Set in the 13th century, pic has a king going off to war and sending his young son, Valdemar, to stay with a bishop, Eskil, in the latter's castle. But Eskil plans to overthrow the king and claim the crown himself, so Valdemar and his new-found friend Aske escape and try to reach the king to warn him. When they finally do, it's too late: The king is captured and Eskil threatens to hang Valdemar if his father does not step down.

Valdemar ..... Nijas Ornbak-Fjeldmose Aske ..... Lasse Baunkilde The King ..... Lars Lohmann Bishop Eskil ..... Bjorn Granath Signe ..... Maj Bockbahn Bjerregaard One-eyed Knight ..... Bjorn Floberg

In his feature debut, helmer Peter Flinth makes an excellent job of creating a classic adventure movie, with an easy-to-follow plot and violence that’s never gory. Production values are good, making fine use of the marshes and forests of Scotland (doubling for Scandinavia).

Eye of the Eagle


Production: A Metronome release (in Denmark) of a Metronome Prods./Victoria Film production, in association with the Danish Film Institute, TV2 Danmark, Nordic Screen Production, the Norwegian Film Institute, Swedish TV Drama, Swedish Film Institute, Nordic Film & TV Fund. (International sales: J&M Entertainment, London.) Produced by Thomas Lydholm. Executive producers, Mads Egmont Christensen, Ole Sondberg. Directed by Peter Flinth. Screenplay, Nikolaj Scherfi

Crew: Camera (color), Eric Kress; editor, Morten Giese; music, Soren Hyldgaard; production design, Niels Sejer Pedersen; sound (Dolby SR), Morten Degnbol, Stig Sparre-Ulrich. Reviewed at Haugesund Film Festival, Norway, Aug. 16, 1997. Running time: 91 MIN.

With: Valdemar ..... Nijas Ornbak-Fjeldmose Aske ..... Lasse Baunkilde The King ..... Lars Lohmann Bishop Eskil ..... Bjorn Granath Signe ..... Maj Bockbahn Bjerregaard One-eyed Knight ..... Bjorn Floberg

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