The Island at the Top of the World (1974)

G  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  20 December 1974 (USA)
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Four turn of the century explorers embark on an airship expedition to the high artic. Where upon they find a lost colony of Vikings.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Marin ...
Agneta Eckemyr ...
Gunnar Öhlund ...
The Godi (as Gunnar Ohlund)
Lasse Kolstad ...
Erik Silju ...
Rolf Søder ...
The Lawspeaker
Torsten Wahlund ...
Sverre Anker Ousdal ...
Gunnar (as Sverre Ousdal)
Niels Hinrichsen ...
Denny Miller ...
Town Guard
Brendan Dillon ...
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A Victorian gentleman hopes to find his long-lost son, who vanished whilst searching for a mysterious Viking community in a volcanic valley somewhere in uncharted Arctic regions. The gentleman puts together an expedition team to go on the search, but when they reach their destination they must escape from some Viking descendants who will kill to keep their existence a secret. Written by Jonathon Dabell <>

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20 December 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La isla del fin del mundo  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



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1.75 : 1
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Disney At There Best
14 March 2001 | by (Lake Butler, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a good example of the Disney Studio's at there best. A light fantasy with good photography and acting. David Hartman does a passable job in his lone movie staring role. Interesting story with just enough action to hold the viewers attention. A good addition to any library and worth viewing annually. Great family fare with its "G" rating. I rated this an 8.

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