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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 ...
Agneta Eckemyr ...
Gunnar Öhlund ...
The Godi (as Gunnar Ohlund)
Lasse Kolstad ...
Erik Silju ...
Rolf Søder ...
The Lawspeaker
Torsten Wahlund ...
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Gunnar (as Sverre Ousdal)
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Denny Miller ...
Town Guard
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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)



Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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The French Hyperion blimp from the film was recreated for the Disneyland Resort Paris theme park in its Discoveryland section. During the early 1990s, it was considered the largest ever prop in any Disney theme park across the world. 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 »


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I flew the camera ship in the Canadian Arctic scenes
16 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

FYI...I flew the camera ship for the Polar Bear and Narwhal scenes. The camera man was Bill Bacon from Squim, Washington. According to my log book, I met Bill in Resolute Bay, NWT on about July 24, 1973. On July 26, 1973 we flew 2+00 hours to Arctic Bay, NWT for staging and fuel. I logged 6+30 hours flying on July 27th, this was en-route from Arctic Bay,NWT to Admirality Inlet for the filming and returning to Resolute Bay. The Aircraft was a Bell 206B (CF-OKU) belonging to Okanagan Helicopters Ltd. A Canadian company out of Vancouver, BC, Canada with a base in Resolute. The Narwhal scenes were filmed with a 35 MM camera, but if I remember correctly Bill shot the Polar bear as an after thought and was filmed with a 16 MM camera.

Walter Lasher Everett, Washington W98208@Juno.com

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