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The War Lord (1965)

Approved | | Drama, History | 17 November 1965 (USA)
A knight in the service of a duke goes to a coastal villiage where an earlier attempt to build a defensive castle has failed. He begins to rebuild the duke's authority in the face of the ... See full summary »


(as Franklin Schaffner)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Niall MacGinnis ...
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John Alderson ...
Dal Jenkins ...
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A knight in the service of a duke goes to a coastal villiage where an earlier attempt to build a defensive castle has failed. He begins to rebuild the duke's authority in the face of the barbarians at the border and is making progress until he falls in love with one of the local women. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Towering Above All Adventures of the Flesh, the Sword and the Soul! See more »


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Release Date:

17 November 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Senhor da Guerra  »

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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John Gielgud was offered the role of the Priest, but turned it down. Maurice Evans, a former acting colleague of Gielgud's, took the role instead. See more »


When Draco returns with reinforcements, he deploys a catapult to take down the siege tower, but it would not be transported on the march like modern artillery. It would be packed as a kit with preformed metal parts, nails, ropes, etc. and then built on site with locally harvested lumber, which means it would not be ready for action right away. See more »


Chrysagon: From under his right hand, I took that sword. I've lived twenty years with that cold wife.
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Painstakingly accurate epic
3 August 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Painstakingly accurate historical epic that has Norman knight Heston, in charge of an 11th-century Druid community. He exercises his right to claim bride Forsyth on the night of her wedding, and she then falls for the knight, refusing to leave his side. Seeking vengeance, Farentino, the son of Druid leader MacGinniss, foments an all-out war between Heston and Heston's covetous brother (Stockwell). Despite the impressive scope of the battle scenes, The War Lord, based on a stage play by Stevens, is an intimate drama. Still, the sure-handed direction of Schaffner and the credible performances of Heston et al are well complemented by Morross's driving, Stravinsky-like score.

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