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The 13th Warrior (1999)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, History  |  27 August 1999 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Queen Weilew
Herger - Joyous (as Dennis Storhoi)
Anders T. Andersen ...
Wigliff - King's Son
Skeld - Superstitious
Weath - Musician
Mischa Hausserman ...
Rethel - Archer
Neil Maffin ...
Asbjørn 'Bear' Riis ...
Halga - Wise (as Asbjorn Riis)
Helfdane - Fat
Daniel Southern ...
Edgtho - Silent
Oliver Sveinall ...
Haltaf - Boy
Sven Wollter ...


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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Fear reigns. 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


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,267,756 (USA) (27 August 1999)


SGD 716,180 (Singapore) (10 December 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film omits an explanation of who the "mist monsters" actually are. In the novel, author Michael Crichton reveals they were the descendants of the Neanderthals. See more »


When Herger takes Angus' head, Angus is facing Buliwyf and a waist-high rock, but when Herger walks away and Angus falls, Angus has turned 180 degrees and is facing away from Buliwyf and towards a much taller rock. See more »


Herger the Joyous: We shall pray for your safe return!
Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: Pray to whom?
Herger the Joyous: In your land one God may be enough, but here we have need of many. I will pray to all of them for you. Do not be offended!
Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: I'll be in your debt!
[they wave goodbye]
Herger the Joyous: Goodbye, Arab!
Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: Goodbye, Northman.
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References Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) See more »

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User Reviews

Good enough for what it is, fascinating for what it could have been.
8 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an extremely well crafted film, but a poorly edited one. Much like The Ghost and the Darkness it has such a winning historical concept that it is easy to forgive a little narrative incoherency from time to time. This film is a bit muddled when it comes to plot and characterization but hits all the right notes in terms of creating an adventurous spirit and thrilling action sequences. Jerry Goldsmith's score is a real high point, as is the cinematography. This is an absolutely wonderful film to get all caught up in on a lonely night because it makes you feel as if you are on the journey with Banderas' character. It is an action thriller that is actually...thrilling. In particular the scene with the "fire dragon" is one of the more memorable battle sequences I have seen in any movie, and I really mean that. The only negative aspects of the film are the feeling that a lot of scenes were left on the editing room floor, which is true, and if there was ever a film that really deserved a director's cut this is certainly one of them so long as Jerry Goldsmith's music (the soul of the picture) remains in. (Greame Revell composed a score for the unreleased longer version, which I have heard and in no way compares to Goldsmith's thunderous adventure music). The lavish costumes, set designs, memorable characters, and brilliant camera work somehow allow this film to overcome its editorial handicaps. All being said, this is a film well worth watching.

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