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When the Raven Flies (1984)

Hrafninn flýgur (original title)
An Irish man seeks vengeance against the vikings who killed his parents.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jakob Þór Einarsson ...
Edda Björgvinsdóttir ...
Gest's Sister
Helgi Skúlason ...
Gotti Sigurdarson ...
Einar (as Gottskálk D. Sigurdarson)
Flosi Ólafsson ...
Egill Ólafsson ...
Thord's Brother
Sveinn M. Eiðsson ...
Erik's Retainer
Þráinn Karlsson ...
Olaf the Childlover
Anna S. Karlsdóttir ...
(as Anna Karlsdóttir)
Abba M. Jóhannsdóttir
Anna Reynisdóttir
Arnaldur Friðgeirsson
Ármann Ingason
Birgir Guðjónsson


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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25 April 1985 (USA)  »

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Revenge of the Barbarians  »

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Is the first Icelandic feature film to use post-produced sound and dialogue (in fact no on-set sound was used at all). All sound effects were created by Pétur Hjaltested. Similarly, all the weaponry was designed and created by one person. See more »


Gest: Heavy Knife
Erik: þThis knife is meant to be heavy
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References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »


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Sergio Leone is back... and his name is Raven!
21 December 2001 | by (Venezia, Italy) – See all my reviews

Sure, this is a great movie. It has never been arrived in Italy but thanksgiving a friend studying in Iceland (thanks Ivan!), I can see it. I have found somewhat reminiscent of the atmospheres of Sergio Leone's "spaghetti-western" in this viking's REAL-life based film. And the name of director is, actually, Hrafn... Raven, of course! He has tried to destroy the viking's stereotypes typical of Hollywood, and the result is admirable and remarkably beautiful. The duel scenes are memorable... you MUST see it!

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