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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 ...
Gest
Edda Björgvinsdóttir ...
Gest's Sister
Helgi Skúlason ...
Thord
Gotti Sigurdarson ...
Einar (as Gottskálk D. Sigurdarson)
Flosi Ólafsson ...
Erik
Egill Ólafsson ...
Thord's Brother
Sveinn M. Eiðsson ...
Guard
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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
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Storyline

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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The rain during the battle between Thord 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
Erik: þThis knife is meant to be heavy
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Á Sprengisandi
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Stark, brutal and gloomy tale of unrelenting vengeance.
19 November 2004 | by (Fairfax, VA) – See all my reviews

"When the Raven Flies" death is coming....in this stark, brutal and gloomy tale of unrelenting vengeance. A Celtic Christian boy's family in Ireland is wiped out in a Viking raid, with his older sister carried off into sexual bondage. When he becomes a man, he tracks down the band of exiles all the way to Iceland where they await the death of their enemy, King Harald of Norway. One by one he patiently stalks each member of the band and cunningly turns their barbaric superstitions and brutish natures against them. The authenticity of the Icelandic setting and the grubbiness of the actors lend veracity to this depiction of this dark period in Scandinavian history in which the blood feuds lasted for generations. This film has a strangely compelling beauty threaded through its dominant theme of violence begetting violence in a self-perpetuating cycle.


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