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When the Raven Flies (1984)
"Hrafninn flýgur" (original title)

 -  Action | Drama  -  25 April 1985 (USA)
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Ireland: Vikings pillage the land, seeking silver and slaves, slaying men and women in the process. A young boy is spared when a Viking takes pity on him instead of killing him. Iceland 20 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edda Björgvinsdóttir ...
Gest's Sister
Egill Ólafsson ...
Thor's Brother
Flosi Ólafsson ...
Erik
Gotti Sigurdarson ...
(as Gottskálk D. Sigurdarson)
Helgi Skúlason ...
Thor
Jakob Þór Einarsson ...
Gest
Sveinn M. Eiðsson ...
Guard
Abba M. Jóhannsdóttir
Anna S. Karlsdóttir ...
(as Anna Karlsdóttir)
Anna Reynisdóttir
Arnaldur Friðgeirsson
Ármann Ingason
Birgir Guðjónsson
Birgir Mikaelsson
Bjarni Guðmarsson
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Ireland: Vikings pillage the land, seeking silver and slaves, slaying men and women in the process. A young boy is spared when a Viking takes pity on him instead of killing him. Iceland 20 years later: The boy returns to take his revenge on the killers, the Norwegian foster brothers; Thord and Eirik, by cunning and hidden weapons. Written by Stle A. Olsen <sao@idt.unit.no>

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SEK 1,477,673 (Sweden)
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The rain during the battle between Thor and Erik was not scripted, it simply started to rain on the day of filming and the director decided to just go with it. He even added some shots that took specific advantage of the rain for extra effect, such as where one man falls face down into a dirty, wet mud-pool. See more »

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Gest: Heavy knife.
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Excellent!
20 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My first reaction when I finished watching this movie for the first time was, "Woah, Irish ninjas versus vikings? What can be cooler than that?" Strictly, Gest isn't a ninja-- I'm being a bit facetious-- but the throwing knives, the steely resolve, and the silent lurking can make up for the cultural gap. In all respects, this is an excellent movie. The acting is great, the plot is more than a simple revenge story, and the ending is powerful. In reflection, even the unusual music fits the story well. If you can get ahold of this movie, watch it, especially if you're not Scandinavian and don't know much about Scandinavian history or culture. It was this movie that got a lot of people I know interested in learning more about that region and that era of history.

And if you're the type who likes throwing-knives, lurking, complex revenge plots, and barbarian swordplay, this is still the movie for you.


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