Once an Eagle (TV miniseries)
|Once An Eagle|
|Directed by||Richard Michaels
|Produced by||Peter S. Fischer|
|Screenplay by||Peter S. Fischer|
|Story by||Anton Myrer|
|Music by||Dana Kaproff|
|Editing by||Howard Deane
|Running time||540 minutes|
Once An Eagle is a 1976 nine-hour American television mini-series directed by Richard Michaels and E.W. Swackhamer. The picture was written by Peter S. Fischer and based on the 1968 Anton Myrer novel of the same name.
The first and last installments of the seven-part series were each two-hour broadcasts, while the interim episodes were 60 minutes.
Sam Damon (Sam Elliott) is a virile and praiseworthy warrior.
Courtney Massengale (Cliff Potts) is the opposite—an impotent, self-aggrandizing conniver.
- Sam Elliott as Sam Damon
- Cliff Potts as Courtney Massengale
- Darleen Carr as Tommy Caldwell
- Amy Irving as Emily Pawlfrey Massengale
- Glenn Ford as George Caldwell
- Ralph Bellamy as Ed Caldwell
- Dane Clark as Harry Sheppard
- Andrew Duggan as Gen. McKelvey
- Lynda Day George as Marge Krisler
- Gary Grimes as Jack Devlin
- Clu Gulager as Alvin Merrick
- Robert Hogan as Ben Krisler
- Kim Hunter as Kitty Damon
- David Huddleston as Earl Preis
- Juliet Mills as Joyce
- Andrew Stevens as Donny Damon
- Melanie Griffith as Jinny Massengale
Anton Myrer's book, on which the series is based, is a military novel written in the United States. The novel is noted for its stark descriptions of men in combat and in its analysis of human and technical challenges and the moral dilemmas of command. It is one of only two novels on the US Army's recommended reading list for Officer Professional Development; the other is The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. A coincidental element to both novels is that Sam Elliott had a starring role in the film adaptation of each one, playing a US Army general officer.
Some of the scenes of the film were filmed in Napa Valley, California.
Timeless Media Group released the complete television series on a two-disc DVD set on August 31, 2010.
Origin of title
The title is derived from a Persian poem:
- And so in the Libyan fable it is told,
- Emmy Awards: Emmy; Outstanding Cinematography in Entertainment Programming for a Series, J.J. Jones; for part I; 1977.
- Golden Globes: Golden Globe; Best Supporting Actress - Television, Darleen Carr; 1977.