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The Vikings

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1958
  • Richard Fleischer
  • 110 mins
  • PG

Summary

Epic adventure starring Tony Curtis and Kirk Douglas. Eric is a Viking slave who makes a bitter enemy of Einar, ruthless warrior son of the feared Viking leader, Ragnar. However, the family ties of the two adversaries are closer than they know.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

This tremendously exciting, if gory, adventure epic was a huge hit for independent producer/star Kirk Douglas, who generously changed the title of Edison Marshall's novel The Viking in order to include his friends Tony Curtis as Eric the Viking, Janet Leigh (Mrs Curtis) as the lovely Princess Morgana and Ernest Borgnine as King Ragnar. Jack Cardiff's Technirama location photography is superb (real fjords!) and Harper Goff's splendid art direction gives a remarkably authentic sense of period. There's a fine feel of lusty enjoyment pervading the movie as unknowing half brothers Douglas and Curtis sustain their bloody Viking feud over the love of princess Leigh and it's hard to see how it could have been made any better. By the way, that uncredited title narration is from Orson Welles.

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Credits

Cast

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EricTony Curtis
EinarKirk Douglas
RagnarErnest Borgnine
MorganaJanet Leigh
EgbertJames Donald
Father GodwinAlexander Knox
AellaFrank Thring
EnidMaxine Audley
KitalaEileen Way
SandpiperEdric Connor
BridgetDandy Nichols
NarratorOrson Welles

Crew

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DirectorRichard Fleischer

Details

Released on
1958-08-03
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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