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The Viking Sagas (1995)

The film chronicles a long-ago time when men relied not on their intellect to make points, but on their swords. A mythical warrior ('Ralf Moeller (I)') wanders the snow-capped landscapes of... See full summary »

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Kjartan
Ingibjörg Stefánsdóttir ...
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Þórir Waagfjörð ...
Bolli
Hinrik Ólafsson ...
Ketil (as Hinrik Ólafson)
Raimund Harmstorf ...
Valgard
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Eirik
Magnús Ólafsson ...
Bjorn
David Kristjánsson ...
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Rúrik Haraldsson ...
Bryndís Pétursdóttir ...
Helga
Valgerdur Rúnarsdóttir ...
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Jóhanna Jónas ...
Kristin
Egill Ólafsson ...
Hrut
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Drunken Viking
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The film chronicles a long-ago time when men relied not on their intellect to make points, but on their swords. A mythical warrior ('Ralf Moeller (I)') wanders the snow-capped landscapes of the North territories on an arduous quest for vengeance. Amid nobles and schemers, saints and brutes, and lovers and fools, this Viking swings his sword for his family's honor, his beloved's hand, and the very survival of his pitiless culture. Written by rottentomatoes.com

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For the love of his woman. For the honor of his family. For the survival of his people.

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Rated R for brutal and bloody Viking combat, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »
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23 September 1997 (USA)  »

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Narrator: During all his years of exile, he had dreamed of Gudrun, but now Gunnar saw that he could never have her. For the first time in his life, the great warrior was beaten.
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At last, an attempt at saga accuracy
25 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

One of the few films to actually try to be faitfhul to the actual Icelandic sagas, this film is a treat for those actually interested in such tales. That it is filmed in the relevant locales, with appropriate numbers (a local chief's following of 7-10 men, not thousands) and so forth all lend extra verisimilitude to the film. It is true that the melding of the elements from various sagas is a might uneven, as is the acting, and the viewer must pay attention to keep the storyline straight (unless they also have a grounding in the source material). But still it is a welcome entry in the filmography of the Norseman, with just about the only half-way accurate portrayal of these people, as well as correcting the filmmaking community's neglect of these rousing tales.


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