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The 13th Warrior (1999)

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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 <>

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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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Tony Curran who plays Weath, one of the Viking warriors, wears a piece of tartan as part of his costume. Curran was born in Scotland. See more »


When Buliwyf (Vladimir Kulich) is seen using his double-handed longsword to kill the bodyguard of the "mother" in the caves, the sword is obviously a lot shorter than seen earlier for practical reasons. Had the sword been original length the killing of the bodyguard would not have worked as depicted. See more »


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Totally unexpected, this was a great movie!
5 May 2008 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Don't believe the negative reviews on this one. Its easily the most underrated movie I have come across, and can best be described as a hidden gem for the ones who like historical adventure/action-movies (Braveheart/Gladiator/Kingdom of Heaven/Robin Hood) and fantasy-movies.

Others have described it better here on IMDb, so I am just going to say this: It is not a historical correct piece, and do not try to be. It should be viewed as a fantasy, even though the vikings portrayed and their buildings/settlement is the most realistic I have seen in any movie to date.

Btw: To all you who like the above-mentioned movies for the big battle-scenes and sword-fighting, don't expect this one to have its major impact in that area (even though it got them). On the other hand this movie portrays a much more realistic take on fighting in pre-medieval times. Instead of having the one super-hero defying all logic, you get a band of fighting comrades which together becomes a fierce force. There is a fantastic cast in this movie, with Banderas, Storhøi and Kulich making their characters come truly alive.

This is a great adventure of a movie, which should be regarded alongside the other movies I mentioned above.

9/10 - Must see for all who like adventure/fantasy

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