The Vikings (1958)

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A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess.



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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 <>

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Release Date:

28 June 1958 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The three Viking ships in the film were designed using blueprints for an actual Viking ship salvaged from the water and restored by a Viking museum in Norway. It turned out that the boats built for the film were too accurate, because the modern actors were taller than their historical counterparts. Every other oar hole had to be plugged so the modern men would have room to row with a full oar stroke. Otherwise, they would hit the backs of the oarsmen seated in front of them when pushing the oar handles forward to start each new stroke. See more »


When Ragnar and Einar are celebrating the capture of Morgana, Ragnar is heard to say 'What a son'. This line is re-used from the earlier hatchet throwing scene. See more »


Kitala: [about Eric] You'll not kill him, but you throw him into the slop pool to be drowned and eaten by crabs.
Ragnar: Then let the crabs be cursed by Odin. That's my decision.
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Opening credits prologue: PROTECT US OH LORD FROM THE WRATH OF THE NORTHMEN See more »

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Memories from Childhood
30 January 2000 | by (Bergen, Norway) – See all my reviews

When I was a boy of 11 years, I admired the reconstructed Viking ships near our cottage at the Hardanger fjord. It was the year 1957, when Kirk, Tony and Borgnine visited our country and participated in this beautiful movie... In a funny sort of way, the picture makes us Norwegians proud of that brutal past... I have seen it many times, and am struck by the surprisingly "right" atmosphere, touched by the landscape that I know so very well, and fascinated by the action. OK, so it's Hollywood, but somehow, I have the feeling they don't make movies like this any more. Pity! Well, maybe I'm getting old.

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