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The Island at the Top of the World (1974)

In 1907, four explorers discover a lost colony of Vikings in the Arctic.



(screenplay), (novel) (as Ian Cameron)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Marin ...
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The Godi (as Gunnar Ohlund)
Lasse Kolstad ...
Erik Silju ...
Rolf Søder ...
The Lawspeaker
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Gunnar (as Sverre Ousdal)
Niels Hinrichsen ...
Denny Miller ...
Town Guard
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An Edwardian 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)  »

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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Did You Know?


The picture was actually able to garner an Academy Award nomination for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration but lost out on the Oscar statuette to The Godfather: Part II (1974). See more »


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


Oomiak: What fame, not even my dogs know me.
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Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1907 See more »


Referenced in Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) See more »

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Great adventure for young boys
9 May 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

My dad took me to see this one in the theater back in 1974 when I was 7 years old. It blew me away and helped fuel a lifelong love for adventure/fantasy. Hey, who doesn't like a cool adventure? The story is set in the early 1900's and concerns a rich Englishman who leads a rescue party deep into the Arctic in search of his missing explorer son. They track him to a mysterious lost colony of Vikings that has been cut off from the outside world for centuries. The plot is a fairly typical "Lost World" format: 1/3rd of the movie is spent searching for the lost world, 1/3rd is spent exploring the lost world, 1/3rd is spent being chased around/from the lost world. It's all fairly exciting, but not deep enough to impress an adult viewer. (However, with some deft tweaking this could be GREAT remake material for Disney.) I bought the DVD recently to take a trip down memory lane and I wasn't disappointed. It held up well to my memory. Yes, the effects are dated and some of them are downright terrible, but others are surprisingly good, and overall the film has a wonderful pre-CGI charm. You'll also get vibrant outdoor shots and some of the best matte work you'll find in ANY movie. It's not a bad choice for adventure/fantasy fans looking for family-friendly fare. Probably your only chance to see this film anymore is on DVD. Be sure to get the 30th anniversary edition as it has the extras.

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