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Hrafninn flýgur
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Release Date:
25 April 1985 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Ireland: Vikings pillage the land, seeking silver and slaves, slaying men and women in the process.... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Reykjavik unveils competition line-up
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Stark, brutal and gloomy tale of unrelenting vengeance. See more (23 total) »

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Directed by
Hrafn Gunnlaugsson 
 
Writing credits
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Hrafn Gunnlaugsson 
Dashiell Hammett  novels "Red Harvest" and "Glass Key" (uncredited)
Bo Jonsson  screenplay

Produced by
Bo Jonsson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Harry Manfredini 
Hans-Erik Philip 
 
Cinematography by
Tony Forsberg 
 
Film Editing by
Hrafn Gunnlaugsson 
 
Costume Design by
Karl Júlíusson 
 
Sound Department
Gunnar Smári Helgason .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Eggert Baldvinsson .... digital restoration: film to DCP
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefan Hencz .... gaffer
 

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Also Known As:
"Hrafninn flýgur" - Iceland (original title)
"Revenge of the Barbarians" - , Australia (video title), International (English title) (imdb display title), USA (video title)
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109 min
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Director trademark; color themes for opposing tribes/clans/families. Thord's house wears dark/black colors, their horses are black, the inside of the main cottage is dark as charcoal. The color for for Erik's house is rusty red, seen on Erik' clothes, his white-and-red horses, the warm red glow from the inside of his main cottage etc. Similar color themes can be seen in the sequel to this film, _Shadow of the Raven (1988)_. Here the colors for the three houses are black, white and red.See more »
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Gest:Heavy knife.See more »
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References Yojimbo (1961)See more »

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Stark, brutal and gloomy tale of unrelenting vengeance., 19 November 2004
Author: ccmiller1492 (ccmiller1492@yahoo.com) from Fairfax, VA

"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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