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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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Jakob Þór Einarsson ...
Edda Björgvinsdóttir ...
Gest's Sister
Helgi Skúlason ...
Gotti Sigurdarson ...
Einar (as Gottskálk D. Sigurdarson)
Flosi Ólafsson ...
Erik
Egill Ólafsson ...
Thord's Brother
Sveinn M. Eiðsson ...
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Erik's Retainer
Þráinn Karlsson ...
Anna S. Karlsdóttir ...
(as Anna Karlsdóttir)
Abba M. Jóhannsdóttir
Anna Reynisdóttir
Arnaldur Friðgeirsson
Ármann Ingason
Birgir Guðjónsson
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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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The film contains several nods to the Icelandic sagas, medieval prose narratives of heroes and family histories of the viking age. The vikings setting fire to the enemies' house in order to force them out and kill them is a common tactic in sagas like "The Story of Burnt Njáll", "Eyrbyggja Saga" and "Sturlunga saga". The stealing of a horse dedicated to a god and the religious angst that follows harkens to the fate of Hrafnkell Freysgoði, protagonist of "Hrafnkels saga". Thord's and Erik's exile to Iceland due as political refuges from king Harald Hairfair, the supposed first king of Norway, bring to mind the reason for Norse migration to Iceland presented in Landnámabók and the family of Egil in "Egil Skallagrímsson's Saga" and the family of Ketill Flatnose in "Laxdæla saga". "Landnámabók" is also brought to mind by the viking who refuses to kill Gestur as a child, much like Olaf the Childlover of "Landnámabók". A mysterious stranger named Gestur brings to mind the title character of the legendary saga "Story of Norna-Gest". See more »

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Thord: You are christian, that's what wrong with you!
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References Yojimbo (1961) See more »

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Great movie with loads of atmosphere
4 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is for me a very memorable movie. First of all it has a good story with morale in it. It deals with vengeance which can probably be among the hardest things for a man to deal with. Which is greatly illustrated at the end of the movie (without revealing too much...).

Also the story with the lone crusader seeking vengeance for the slaying of his family is very strong. And the atmosphere of the movie really helps as well. The music is very good and helps the atmosphere as does the photo. It´s dirty, grey and cold just like it should be in a relentless, unforgiving, viking movie.

This is probably the best viking movie so far, not that it has too many contenders sadly enough. I recommend this movie to anyone wanting to see a very special movie with a special atmosphere and a few nice touches. And also, the movie is almost worth seeing only to hear the wonderful icelandic language!

I rate this 7/10, one extra star for originality!


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