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The War Lord (1965)

 -  Drama | History  -  17 November 1965 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Chrysagon
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Bors
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Bronwyn
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Priest
Guy Stockwell ...
Draco
Niall MacGinnis ...
Odins
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Marc
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Frisian Prince
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Volc
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Piet
John Alderson ...
Holbracht
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Tybald
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Rainault
Dal Jenkins ...
Dirck
Johnny Jensen ...
Boy Prince
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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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He Battled Two Empires For The Love Of One Woman.

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Drama | History

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Release Date:

17 November 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Senhor da Guerra  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Charlton Heston's published diaries, "Charlton Heston: The Actor's Life; Journals 1956-1976" he wanted Julie Christie to be his co-star, but she was vetoed by the studio. See more »

Goofs

The War Lord's hawk is a Harpy Eagle, a species recognizable by its dark eyes and crested head. However, Harpy Eagles are from South America, a continent unknown and unreachable for European people in the Middle Age. So, it's impossible for a Middle Age, European Lord to own a bird that comes from South America. See more »

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Draco: Did I say it was a turning world?
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Accurate depiction of Medieval life
13 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Captures a harsh flavor of medieval life in a way few other movies have -- the fervent Christianity at odds with superstition, the uncomfortable living conditions, the rigid barrier between ruler and ruled, the messy practicalities of medieval warfare, the absence of anything like personal "freedom". Also great to see portrayed a specific period of the 11th century that is not often depicted--around the time of William the Conqueror (one wonders if "The Duke" talked about in the story is meant to be William). Worth seeing too for the striking, brutally poetic dialog and Heston's performance.

The over-romantic score is distracting and often inappropriate. The female lead seems mis-directed--one feels she could do more, but is not being given the opportunity.


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