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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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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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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original theater release prints had 'Richard Boone' reciting a poem over the procession before the end credits began. This scene was removed from the prints and replaced with an almost identical scene with no recitation. See more »

Goofs

The action supposedly takes place in Normandy, in land belonging to the Duke of Ghent. However, Normandy was entirely under the rule of its own Duke; Ghent was a separate territory under the Count of Flanders. See more »

Quotes

Chrysagon: From under his right hand, I took that sword. I've lived twenty years with that cold wife.
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This is the role Charlton Heston was born to play.
19 August 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

If you're under 20 years of age this flick is going to look a little strange to you. There are no super-women wielding swords in battle, very little profanity, and the only sex is in PG form. Made in 1965, The Warlord is an accusing yet romantic look at medieval Europe. It's no Disney movie, but you could still take the whole family to see it.

The cast is first rate. Forget El Cid. This is the role Charlton Heston was born to play. You can pretty much say that about all the great actors in this story, most of whom are gone now. Richard Boone, Guy Stockwell, Maurice Evans, Michael Conrad,...but thank heaven we have them all assembled here in this exciting yarn about the middle ages. There's plenty of action, romance, and even a little comic relief. Men will enjoy the kick-butt sword fights, (Heston kicks one guy in the groin actually,--crude but effective). Ladies should enjoy the romance if they can remember that this is happening in the year 1060, long before the women's movement. The hero Chrysagon fights two empires for the love of one woman, says the promo. Even in 1965 that was enough for most women. The peasant girl Bronwyn, played by Rosemary Forsyth, has scores of men killing each other over her, although quite unintentionally.

Other good ingredients: a rousing and romantic musical score, and some well-done outdoor photography of Chrysagon's tower fortress and the battle scenes.

All in all, this is a great movie to watch on some Saturday afternoon. It will take you away from your problems for a while to a time and place long ago. And since medieval Europe really stank, it will make today's world look pretty good to you again.


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