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
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Kirk Douglas offered all the male members of the cast a prize for the best beard, to be grown before arriving on location. All turned up with the huge beards, only to find Douglas clean-shaven. See more »
During the attack on the castle some vikings run/slide down an embankment to fight a line of soldiers stood waiting on them. You can clearly see that the soldier's swords are made of rubber as the blades bend and wobble as they are being waved around. See more »
Let's not question our flesh for wanting to remain flesh.
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One of the rare 1950s films to present all the credits at the end. See more »
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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