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Eagle (1990 film)

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Directed byZoran Tadić
Written byPavao Pavličić
Based onUmjetni orao
by Pavao Pavličić
StarringIvica Vidović
Božidar Orešković
Vlatko Dulić
Zdenko Jelčić
Ljiljana Blagojević
Gordana Gadžić
Iva Marjanović
Renata Jurković
Ksenija Pajić
Fabijan Šovagović
CinematographyGoran Trbuljak
Edited byVladimir Klešćić
Music byDarko Rundek
Marjan Film
Color 2000
Release date
  • 4 June 1990 (1990-06-04) (Yugoslavia)[1]
Running time
92 minutes[2]

Eagle (Croatian: Orao) is a 1990 Croatian film directed by Zoran Tadić. It is based on Umjetni orao, a novel by Pavao Pavličić.[3]

Plot summary

Radovan Orlak, known to his friends as Orao (Eagle), fell to his death off a high-rise building on his birthday. Upon hearing the news, four of his long-time friends - Milan, Dražen, Krešo and Vlado - realize how little they actually knew about him and begin to investigate in the hopes of uncovering what really happened. They assume their friend has committed suicide, and begin to exact revenge on people whom they deem responsible. After a while, they find out that Orao was seen with an unidentified man on the night of his death, and begin to suspect he was actually murdered...[1][4][5]

Release and reception

Shortly after the film was completed, Marjan Film went bankrupt, which was followed by the outbreak of Yugoslav Wars. As a result, the film was never distributed theatrically.[3]

While Croatian Film Association's database assessed Eagle as Tadić's weakest film to date,[1] Croatian film critic Nenad Polimac listed it in his 2007 selection of "lost classics" of Croatian cinema.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Orao at (in Croatian)
  2. ^ "Orao". Filmski leksikon (in Croatian). Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Polimac, Nenad (6 March 2007). "Loša sudbina izuzetnih ostvarenja". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 18 November 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Eagle plot summary recap (IMDB)". Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  5. ^ Šišmanović, Ljiljana (2007). "Žanrovsko u izabranim trilerima iz autorskog opusa Zorana Tadića: Orao". Zapis (in Croatian). Croatian Film Association (58). Retrieved 22 September 2020.
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