The Eagle of the Ninth film | International titles

I was, of course, disappointed when the US film studio Focus Features decided to shorten the film title to The Eagle from The Eagle of the Ninth, the full and proper title of Rosemary Sutcliff‘s novel. I chose to believe that the studio knew its business and its market, although the subsequent relative failure of their marketing in the US might lead one to wonder a little more … (For those of you interested, the contract for the book rights – a standard 0ne  – gave those of us responsible for Rosemary Sutcliff’s book no veto or locus in the decision).

I have been tracking down the international titles of the film, and it is interesting that in much of Europe the title is still The Eagle of the Ninth (in translation). A shame we here in the UK have to go with the US title, which was chosen, it is said publicly by the director, partly because Amercians’ who were market tested were confused that this might be a film about golf – as in a bogie at the eighth! And I note that The Eagle in Russia (see  full title below) has knocked True Grit into a cocked hat in the money taken stakes.

Орел Девятого легиона Russia

Орелът Bulgaria

Örninn Iceland

9. legion Poland

A Águia da Nona Legião Portugal

A sas Hungary

Acvila legiunii a IX-a Romania

Der Adler der Neunten Legion Germany

Devintojo legiono erelis Lithuania

Dziewiaty legion Poland

El águila de la novena legión Spain

Erelis Lithuania

Kotka Finland

L’ Aigle de la Neuvième Légion France

O aetos tis aftokratorias Greece

Orao Croatia

Author: Anthony Lawton

Chair, Sussex Dolphin, family company which looks after the work of eminent children’s & historical fiction author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92). Formerly CEO, chair & trustee of various charity, cultural & educational enterprises in UK.

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