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The Island at the Top of the World (1974)

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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Rolf Søder ...
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Gunnar (as Sverre Ousdal)
Niels Hinrichsen ...
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Denny Miller ...
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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 <barnabyrudge@hotmail.com>

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20 December 1974 (USA)  »

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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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The Island at the Top of the World in the movie's source James Vance Marshall 1961 novel "The Lost Ones" was Prince Patrick Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in the western region of the Queen Elizabeth Islands in Canada's Northwest Territories. See more »

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The Hyperion's propellers are hand cranked men by men on the ground. When the entire ship is viewed at rest the propellers are nowhere near the ground. See more »

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Prof. Ivarsson: [They have discovered a frozen bay filled with the carcasses of many dead whales] Where the whales go to die. All those great creatures from every sea, lying there, from the beginning of time.
Sir Anthony Ross: Just look at all that whalebone! Worth millions of pounds! And heavens knows what the ambergris would fetch.
Donald Ross: All that doesn't matter now, does it, father?
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A Whale of a Good Time
15 December 2001 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

This film has lots of flaws. It has inferior Disney production values to be sure. An inferior cast. But for me it is still magic as I remember seeing it as a small boy in a theater when it came out. I remember the big zepplin careening through a dusty red night on its way to the Artic. I can still picture the whales in my mind and for some reason thought the movie was about finding the place where whales go to die. That is part of it, but it really tells the story of an English aristocrat employing the aid of a French airship captain and an American scientist to go to the Artic to find his lost son. There is a large part of the film devoted to the viking civilization on the Island at the Top of theWorld. Funny, but I didn't seem to remember any of that. After seeing the film again almost thirty years later, I can see why. It is ludicrous. But the rest of the film still holds up for me. The production values, special effects, and acting are not what you would normally expect from Disney. This must have been one of their rush productions. Come on, David Hartman as a hero. I have seen baloney sandwhiches with more charisma! Nonetheless, he is adequate, and Donald Sinden is okay too. the real acting standout is Jacques Marin as the airship captain. He has a lot of fun with his role. The musical score by Maurice Jarre is breathtaking.


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