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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 »

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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. See more »

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17 November 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Senhor da Guerra  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Despite being set in 11th Century Normandy, this was filmed entirely in California. This was most unusual at the time as most large scale historical epics were filmed in either Spain or Italy. See more »

Goofs

Although the action supposedly takes place at the height of Norman power in the 11th century, in the area where the movie is set, indeed throughout western Europe, paganism had been largely eradicated by the end of the 8th century. It is conceivable that tiny, secret cells of druids might have existed in hiding until the 11th century, but certainly not an entire village openly practicing druidism. Druidism itself was wiped out by pre-Christian imperial Rome. See more »

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Draco: Did I say it was a turning world?
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Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

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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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