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The Vikings (1958)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, History | 28 June 1958 (USA)
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A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Calder Willingham (screenplay), Dale Wasserman (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kirk Douglas ... Einar
Tony Curtis ... Eric
Ernest Borgnine ... Ragnar
Janet Leigh ... Morgana
James Donald ... Egbert
Alexander Knox ... Father Godwin
Maxine Audley ... Enid
Frank Thring ... Aella
Eileen Way Eileen Way ... Kitala
Edric Connor Edric Connor ... Sandpiper
Dandy Nichols ... Bridget
Per Buckhøj Per Buckhøj ... Bjorn
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Storyline

Einar and Eric are two Viking half-brothers. The former is a great warrior whilst the other is an ex-slave, but neither knows the true identity of the other. When the throne of Northumbria in Britain becomes free for the taking, the two brothers compete against one another for the prize, but they have very different motives - both involving the princess Morgana, however. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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The Terrible Northmen...Sailing on Dragon Ships Like Serpents on the Sea! Shouting a Battle-Cry to Their Awesome God of War, Odin! See more »


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Trivia

Director Richard Fleischer spent two years researching the Norse civilization in preparation for doing this movie. This included the actual designs for the Viking ships they used and the breed of horse that they rode. See more »

Goofs

In the early scene where the viking ship is first returning to the village a shot from the front of the viking boat (from the camera boat in front) clearly reveals the camera boat's wake trailing behind - but in front of the viking ship. See more »

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Narrator: The Vikings, in Europe of the 8th and 9th century, were dedicated to a pagan god of war, Odin. Trapped by the confines of their barren ice-bound northlands, they exploited their skill as shipbuilders to spread a reign of terror, then unequaled in violence and brutality in all the records of history.
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Crazy Credits

One of the rare 1950s films to present all the credits at the end. See more »

Alternate Versions

In many TV broadcasts, two bits seem to be missing from the final battle scene. One of these is a close-up of an arrow hitting a man in the neck and the other is of Eric (Tony Curtis) running through a passage and stabbing an enemy. See more »

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Realistic and brutal depiction of Viking life.
24 April 2003 | by KEVMCSee all my reviews

Two Viking half brothers (who are unaware that they are related) fight over Welsh Princess Morgana, who has been captured during a raid in England while en-route to marry the King of Northumbria.

A handsomely mounted historical epic in the old tradition. However, a great deal of effort was made to achieve accuracy in terms of clothes, villages, ships, weapons etc. The stunning Norwegian locations add to the authenticity, and are breathtakingly photographed in Technirama by master cinematographer Jack Cardiff.

Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis and Ernest Borgnine all give strong performances, although the characters are hard to like. The level of brutality is quite surprising for a film made in 1958, and the overall atmosphere is one of harshness.

While the film is perhaps not quite in the league of 'Spartacus' or 'El Cid' in terms of epic status, it is admirably authentic, unsentimental and vigorous.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,311
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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