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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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2.35 : 1
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Stuntmen had practiced for weeks for the oar walking scenes. Kirk Douglas told director Richard Fleischer that he could do it and did several times. At one point when he did fall in the icy water he calmly swam over to the camera boat and asked if they had gotten good shots. He then swam back to the Viking longboat. Fleischer noted they were watching and filming an activity that had not been done in a thousand years. See more »


When Einar(Kirk Douglas) boards the ship he has captured he lifts up Morgana's (Janet Leigh)maidservant Bridget (Dandy Nichols) and throws her into the arms of a fellow viking it is clearly a stunt double and not Nichols being thrown . See more »


Ragnar: [to Einar] You see, the English are civilized.
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The Vikings–-an under-appreciated masterpiece
20 April 2000 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Call me a fool, but I feel strongly that the Richard Fleischer/ Kirk Douglas 1958 film THE VIKINGS is a waiting-to-be-rediscovered masterpiece.

Of the costume drama spectaculars of the 1950s-1960s, it has the most coherent script and theme. It knowledgeably explores the themes Europe was dealing with during its Dark Ages. Acting performances are first rate (Frank Thring's villainy drips pure acid), and the photography is breathtaking. Mario Nacimbene's score has a majesty that matches any, including its little love theme. See it (if possible) on the big screen/wide screen format.

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