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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.

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Jacques Marin ...
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Agneta Eckemyr ...
Gunnar Öhlund ...
The Godi (as Gunnar Ohlund)
Lasse Kolstad ...
Erik Silju ...
Torvald
Rolf Søder ...
The Lawspeaker
Torsten Wahlund ...
Sven
Sverre Anker Ousdal ...
Gunnar (as Sverre Ousdal)
Niels Hinrichsen ...
Sigurd
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Brendan Dillon ...
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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)  »

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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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Trivia

A replica of the Hyperion airship from the movie was planned for the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California in an unrealized section called Discovery Bay. The original plan was to have the blimp fly out from a replica from this film of Captain Brieux (Jacques Marin)'s hangar. Designs for this attraction were adapted for use in the Discoveryland section at the Disneyland Resort Paris theme park where a replica of the film's French dirigible is an attraction. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1907 See more »

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A good family adventure...
3 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As with several other reviewers, I also have fond memories of the theatrical release of this film from my youth, and this fantastic Jules Vernesque tale of a airship journey into the unknown arctic still holds up pretty well after all this time. There is some decent acting, a great score, a zeppelin,vikings in real viking longboats, real Scandinavian dialog, exploding volcanoes and vicious killer whales, what more do you want?

Some things are dated, such as the Eskimo vs. Inuit thing, the portrayal of Orca as man-eaters, etc. and the special effects have seen better days..but there are some surprisingly good sets with amazing matte paintings that are as good as anything you see on modern films (note the amazing viking hall on a hill top), great aerial footage, and a pretty decent story with good pace.

Break out the popcorn and enjoy it with your kids.


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