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The 13th Warrior (1999)

A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled on a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Queen Weilew
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Herger - Joyous (as Dennis Storhoi)
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Anders T. Andersen ...
Wigliff - King's Son
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Skeld - Superstitious
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Weath - Musician
Mischa Hausserman ...
Rethel - Archer
Neil Maffin ...
Roneth - Rider
Asbjørn 'Bear' Riis ...
Halga - Wise (as Asbjorn Riis)
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Helfdane - Fat
Daniel Southern ...
Edgtho - Silent
Oliver Sveinall ...
Haltaf - Boy
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Storyline

In AD 922, Arab courtier Ahmad Ibn Fadlan accompanies a party of Vikings to the barbaric North. Ibn Fadlan is appalled by the Vikings customs-- their wanton sexuality, their disregard for cleanliness, their cold-blooded human sacrifices. And then he learns the horrifying truth: he has been enlisted to combat a terror that slaughters the Vikings and devours their flesh. Written by <surge@discoverynet.com>

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arab | viking | warrior | combat | battle | See All (165) »

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Prey for the living. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody battles and carnage | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eaters of the Dead  »

Box Office

Budget:

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,267,756 (USA) (29 August 1999)

Gross:

$32,698,899 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally titled 'Eaters of the Dead', the film went through several re-edits after test audiences did not react well to the initial cut. After re-shooting several key scenes with Michael Crichton taking over as director, the title was changed to 'The 13th Warrior'. The budget, which was originally around $85 million, reportedly soared to more than $110-115 million before principal photography wrapped. With all of the re-shoots and promotional expenses, the total cost of the film was a rumored $160 million. See more »

Goofs

During the first battle in the castle against the Wendol, before the Wendol break down the doors, there are many fires and torches lit and ablaze, even in the center of the room which they are all "sleeping" in a circle around. As soon as the Wendol break down the doors, all of a sudden every fire and torch is extinguished and they are all fighting by moonlight. All of the fires and torches would not be put out in a split second. See more »

Quotes

Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: They think they are bears... they want us to think they are bears... Hey, how do you hunt a bear?
Weath the Musician: Chase it down with dogs. What...?
Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: How do you hunt a bear in winter?
Herger the Joyous: Go in its cave with spears.
Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: Where is a cave?
Weath the Musician: [realizing] It's in the earth.
Edgtho the Silent: [Returns from scouting] The next glen, many fires.
Buliwyf: IS THERE A CAVE?
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References Highlander (1986) See more »

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Personal Review
28 December 2003 | by (new jersey, usa) – See all my reviews

i have read the book and also seen the theatrical movie. hopefully this makes me more of an objective critic. through following this story there are two points i wish to address, first being the authenticity of the story.

from what i have read. the movie does justice to the documentation provided by the book. there are of course items in the book which cannot be properly illustrated by the film only because much of what occurs is due to the readers fantasy, i have not known any director to be able to illustrate this without some variants. it even seems improbable that a director could make it echo that of your specific account, in reading the subject.

I think that this theatrical attempt is one of the best, true to text efforts that you will find. the movie provides a vehicle to learn or experience the characters in a different manner than reading about the events, which from the account of the narrator are somewhat bland and overly factual.

this is a great effort to stay true to the story provided and i personally find that the strange connection and distance that you encounter with the main characters convey the true meaning of what it would be like to experience an event like this - that is without the language and social skills of the environment one is thrust into.

so on the whole i think that this is a respectable attempt to recreate the story as documented, without taking too much license at "artistic additions" in the film version. i find that you become attached to the characters even without knowing their names or understanding them on a "language" scale. this story is truly about a foreign interaction and a textbook style accounting of the events that haunted the main character even after the experience.

excellent for those looking for a real story and not just special effects to entertain.


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