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The Eagle and the Hawk

Released May 6, 1933 1h 12m War List
Reviews 72% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
Englishman Jerry Young (Fredric March) is an expert World War I fighter pilot. Lately, Jerry has been under serious mental stress; he cannot seem to forget the deaths of his fellow soldiers, enemies and compatriots alike. Jerry is given time off to recuperate in London. He has a brief romance that offers him respite; however, he soon must return to duty. After learning that two friends (Cary Grant, Jack Oakie) have been in a devastating plane wreck, Jerry is pushed over the edge of sanity. Read More Read Less

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THR Staff Hollywood Reporter It attacks its subject with praiseworthy vigor and directness. It leaves utterly nothing to the imagination... In the strictest sense of the word, it is not entertainment. May 8, 2018 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills An excellent movie...a cracking tale of disillusionment amongst WW1 fliers Fredric March and Cary Grant. Oct 10, 2020 Full Review Michael W. Phillips, Jr. Goatdog's Movies An unheralded near-masterpiece, The Eagle and the Hawk is among the strongest antiwar statements put on film. Rated: 4/5 Feb 25, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Only notable for the cast. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/03/23 Full Review kevin w It's WW1, when new technology allowed for better warfare, pulping generations into meat-grinder assembly lines of death. Fredric March is good as a competent leader of the old school, convinced of honor in combat, increasingly haunted and horrified by the youth wasted. Jack Oakie plays the thumbs-up humorous comic relief effectively. And Carole Lombard briefly puts in a sympathetic appearance as a woman back home. But it's Cary Grant, who's tasked as the new face of war, where there is no honor, who carries this work. Good stuff. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A classic from the early days of the talkies, pairing Academy Award winning actor Frederic March and the young Cary Grant. The plot hits home about the absurdity of war (during World War I days). Granted, some wars are necessary (World War II), but has any war since that time been necessary to fight given our technology? March can no longer take the bright and baby faced 18 year olds who come, innocently and stupidly, to the slaughter. The kids are naive, doe-eyed, and lacking the necessary perspective to understand they will be slaughtered. Just like in any war, it is the babies -- the 18 year olds -- that are sacrificed in monumental numbers without ever being mourned. March understands this and can no longer live knowing it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review ashley h The Eagle and the Hawk is a decent film. It is about a British WWI flying ace suffering from emotional fatigue. Fredric March and Cary Grant give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Stuart Walker did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the action and drama. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Mike at the Movies B Despite its age, this overlooked film still delivers a strong antiwar message. Stuart Walker is credited as director, but Mitchell Leisen reportedly directed most of it. The lead performances by March and Grant are effective without being overwrought, the aerial-combat scenes are well done, and although it runs only 68 minutes, the film doesn't feel underwritten. There's a late perfunctory romance involving March and Carole Lombard (so perfunctory that Lombard's character isn't given a name) that feels tacked-on, but the ending is unexpected and must have been daring in its day. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/21/18 Full Review Audience Member Gritty & very human response to being caught in the thick of war, surviving day by day as few of those fresh, young faces you meet each week survive into the next week. The emotional turmoil depicted here is just as great as in Apocalypse Now or Hamburger Hill. Though this is an anti-war film from 1933, and these costs of war were fresh in the minds of many WWI veterans; the second world war would soon become inevitable a mere 5 years later. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Englishman Jerry Young (Fredric March) is an expert World War I fighter pilot. Lately, Jerry has been under serious mental stress; he cannot seem to forget the deaths of his fellow soldiers, enemies and compatriots alike. Jerry is given time off to recuperate in London. He has a brief romance that offers him respite; however, he soon must return to duty. After learning that two friends (Cary Grant, Jack Oakie) have been in a devastating plane wreck, Jerry is pushed over the edge of sanity.
Director
Stuart Walker
Producer
Bayard Veiller
Screenwriter
Seton I. Miller, Bogart Rogers
Distributor
Paramount Pictures
Production Co
Paramount Pictures
Genre
War
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
May 6, 1933, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Jan 18, 2011
Runtime
1h 12m