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    War films can be worst than buses, you wait two thousand years and then two come along. Yes there are two films in production about the defeat of the Roman Ninth Legion in AD 117.

    'The Eagle of the Ninth', director by Kevin Mc Donald (who directed the Last king of Scotland) and starring Jamie Bell. The Romans will be played by Amercians and the Director says 'they will look like GI's, in a way it is an Iraqi or Afghanistan War film set in the Second Century'.

    'Centurion', directed by Neil Marshall (who made Dog Soilders and The Descent) starring Michael Fassbender and David Morissey. The producer says 'The basic premise is that the Ninth Legion, is their biggest, best and most famous but they get masscared. It is a violent gory war movie with Heads being looped off.

    Both films are based on Rosemary Sutcliff's Book 'The Eagle of the Ninth', in which the Ninth Legion is wiped out in Scotland in AD 117. In fact recent research shows the legion survived its tour of Scotland and was Nijmegen (Holland) in AD 121 and was actually wiped out in AD 161 in the jewish revolt in Cappadoca.

    But hey it will be good to see two on the Roman Army but do not expect to be too accurate to history.
    War is less costly than servitude

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    Good Posting

    This looks like a movie I'm definately gonna have to purchase.
    So not entirely historical accurate, but at least a film that deals with history.
    And those films deserve more appreciations.

    Have you seen the british miniseries Ancient Rome ?
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0864944/
    I found it better than HBO's Rome, because it didn't bother with Soap Opera Characters, strictly History, and much better CGI Battle Scenes.




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    • #3
      1977 Miniseries

      Originally posted by kendrick View Post
      War films can be worst than buses, you wait two thousand years and then two come along. Yes there are two films in production about the defeat of the Roman Ninth Legion in AD 117.

      'The Eagle of the Ninth', director by Kevin Mc Donald (who directed the Last king of Scotland) and starring Jamie Bell. The Romans will be played by Amercians and the Director says 'they will look like GI's, in a way it is an Iraqi or Afghanistan War film set in the Second Century'.

      'Centurion', directed by Neil Marshall (who made Dog Soilders and The Descent) starring Michael Fassbender and David Morissey. The producer says 'The basic premise is that the Ninth Legion, is their biggest, best and most famous but they get masscared. It is a violent gory war movie with Heads being looped off.

      Both films are based on Rosemary Sutcliff's Book 'The Eagle of the Ninth', in which the Ninth Legion is wiped out in Scotland in AD 117. In fact recent research shows the legion survived its tour of Scotland and was Nijmegen (Holland) in AD 121 and was actually wiped out in AD 161 in the jewish revolt in Cappadoca.

      But hey it will be good to see two on the Roman Army but do not expect to be too accurate to history.
      By looking up the movie you recomand, I found out that this Book has been made in a 1977 BBC miniseries, have you seen it , or better is there a purchasable VHS or DVD set available in the UK ?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kendrick View Post
        War films can be worst than buses, you wait two thousand years and then two come along. Yes there are two films in production about the defeat of the Roman Ninth Legion in AD 117.

        'The Eagle of the Ninth', director by Kevin Mc Donald (who directed the Last king of Scotland) and starring Jamie Bell. The Romans will be played by Amercians and the Director says 'they will look like GI's, in a way it is an Iraqi or Afghanistan War film set in the Second Century'.

        'Centurion', directed by Neil Marshall (who made Dog Soilders and The Descent) starring Michael Fassbender and David Morissey. The producer says 'The basic premise is that the Ninth Legion, is their biggest, best and most famous but they get masscared. It is a violent gory war movie with Heads being looped off.

        Both films are based on Rosemary Sutcliff's Book 'The Eagle of the Ninth', in which the Ninth Legion is wiped out in Scotland in AD 117. In fact recent research shows the legion survived its tour of Scotland and was Nijmegen (Holland) in AD 121 and was actually wiped out in AD 161 in the jewish revolt in Cappadoca.

        But hey it will be good to see two on the Roman Army but do not expect to be too accurate to history.

        neither was gladiator in certain respects but hey I'm in your camp...and want to see both.

        thanks fer the update.

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        • #5
          I hope these films do well,so they can make more.

          Thanks for the update,Ken!!
          If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks,glory would become the prey of mediocre minds. Napoleon

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Konzev View Post
            By looking up the movie you recomand, I found out that this Book has been made in a 1977 BBC miniseries, have you seen it , or better is there a purchasable VHS or DVD set available in the UK ?
            Yes, I did see the mini series in 1977, it was reasonably good. However I never seen a VHS or DVD series of the series. In those days actor contracts did not include a clause allowing the BBC, to show the program after two years, if a show was to be shown after that, then all the actors were entilled to a repeat fee. Obviously there is a cost to tracking down the actors or their estate (if dead).
            War is less costly than servitude

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            • #7
              Both films are based on Rosemary Sutcliff's Book 'The Eagle of the Ninth', in which the Ninth Legion is wiped out in Scotland in AD 117. In fact recent research shows the legion survived its tour of Scotland and was Nijmegen (Holland) in AD 121 and was actually wiped out in AD 161 in the jewish revolt in Cappadoca.
              Nijmegen, huh, and then on to Asia? So it would seem
              the Ninth Legion was victim of fighting "A Revolt Too Far!"

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