Spirit of the Eagle
C. A. Luster | Burke, VA USA | 03/31/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you believe that man should try to live in harmony with nature or you enjoyed Dan Haggerty's TV series "Grizzley Adams" or his movies you should definitely catch this one. Very entertaining movie about a surveyor in the old west. It give us a glimpse of living in the wild with nature and animals, French boatmen, river pirates, native americans, and wilderness settlements. Personally I love the things that Haggerty and the people making his movies try to convey. They try to educate us about another time but also that good ideas never die. I was also glad to see Don Shanks again. Here he plays Running Wolf, and although him and Haggerty's character don't see eye to eye, they respect each other. Don is a fine actor and not given enough roles as far as I'm concerned. Good quality DVD with good replayability."
I would buy it again.
P. Whiteside | Texas | 03/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, so the reason I bought this movie in the first place was because William Smith was in it and I would watch him in almost anything. But I was pleasantly surprised, this is a beautiful movie, the scenery is gorgeous (as Haggerty says "only God can paint a picture like this"); so are the animals. The story is about a cartographer (Dan Haggerty) hired by the Army Corp of Engineers to map out the great uncharted northwest territory. He, of course, is friend to all the animals and in particular to a golden eagle who has the skills of Lassie for tracking and fetching help when needed. Haggerty's son, who has been staying with an aunt after the death of his mother, joins him in the wilderness and parts of the story are told through narration as though the son is an older man recounting tales of his father and their journeys together. Smith (he's so good at playing the villain) is a one-eyed river pirate seeking revenge against Haggerty for the loss of his eye. Classic good guys versus bad guys; and of course the good guy wins. Breathtaking scenery, beautiful horses, amazing animals, noble Indians, the good guys win--what else could you want? The question I always like to ask someone else is "having seen it, would you buy it again" and in this case my answer is a resounding yes."