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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Sammy Ross ...
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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Storyline

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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Priest: Well, now, fertility. Some say it's pagan. But who's not pagan in some matters?
Draco: True, true! I love the speech of scholars.
Priest: These young folks here think of nothing but frolic. "Desist!" I tell them, but they will go a-wantoning. So, lest the Devil take them, I preach them a text from holy writ. "Increase and multiply," I say. "Replenish the earth." And oh! how they obey me.
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Makes the middle ages so real you can smell them
22 April 2001 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

This movie portrays feudalism in Europe in a very unglamorous light. Nobody is happy, from the lord in the castle (Crisagon, played by Charlton Heston sporting a dark-ages soup-bowl haircut) to the peasants he governs. Even Crisagon's exercise of his feudal rights when a peasant girl marries doesn't cheer him up very much or very long, since it leads to lots of trouble. The movie has lots of little touches that seem realistic: Crisagon's dedication to the duke who enfoeffed him and his simple faith; the peasants' mix of Christianity and Druidism, the motley armor and gear Crisagon's men have, and many others. The end of the movie was out of sync with these other bits, because I don't see how catapults could have been moved cross-country so fast, or why anyone thought catapults would be useful against the beseigers instead of against the besieged tower.


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