GenreDrama, War Final episode dateJanuary 13, 1977 Duration LanguageEnglish
E.W. Swackhamer Release dateDecember 2, 1976 (1976-12-02) (United States) DirectorsE. W. Swackhamer, Richard Michaels CastSam Elliott (Sam Damon), Cliff Potts (Courtenay Massengale), Amy Irving (Emily Pawlfrey Massengale), Glenn Ford (George Caldwell), Darleen Carr (Tommy Caldwell), Ralph Bellamy (Ed Caldwell) Similar moviesRelated E W Swackhamer movies
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.
The mini-series concerns the thirty year careers of two military men, from the outbreak of World War I to the aftermath of World War II.
The story of two Army officers, one a ruthless, career-obsessed schemer, the other his exact opposite, and their personal and professional lives from the end of World War I to the beginning of Vietnam.
once an eagle 1a television miniseries introduction
Sam Damon (Sam Elliott) is a virile and praiseworthy warrior.
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Courtney Massengale (Cliff Potts) is the oppositeâ€”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
Once An Eagle was the second of four story subseries of the NBC anthology series "Best Sellers"; it was preceded by Captains and the Kings, and followed by Seventh Avenue and The Rhineman Exchange.
Anton Myrers 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 Armys 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.