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Army of Valhalla (2003)
"Stara basn. Kiedy slonce bylo bogiem" (original title)

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Polish historical action fantasy based on a novel by Jozef Ignacy Kraszewski. In 9th-century pre-Christian Poland, the rustic natives have lived peacefully for centuries, tending their land... See full summary »

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Marina Aleksandrova ...
Dziwa
Malgorzata Foremniak ...
Ksiezna
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Jaga
Ewa Wisniewska ...
Jarucha
Maciej Kozlowski ...
Smerda
Jerzy Trela ...
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Andrzej Pieczynski ...
Znosek
Katarzyna Bujakiewicz ...
Mila
Ryszard Filipski ...
Wisz
Jan Prochyra ...
Mirsz
Dariusz Juzyszyn ...
Marcin Mroczek ...
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Polish historical action fantasy based on a novel by Jozef Ignacy Kraszewski. In 9th-century pre-Christian Poland, the rustic natives have lived peacefully for centuries, tending their land and worshipping the sun god. But when the power-hungry Prince Popiel brings in the Viking army to establish a barbarous and bloodthirsty regime of terror, it is up to one lone warrior, the famed archer Ziemowit (Michal Zebrowski), to lead a peasant uprising and put an end to the bloodshed. Written by Anonymous

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The Old Fairy Tale: When the Sun Was God  »

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PLN 11,000,000 (estimated)
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A worthy adaptation of 'The Old Tale'
21 September 2003 | by (Toruń, Poland) – See all my reviews

Stara Basn means "The Old Tale" in Polish. Indeed this is a mixture of Polish folklore and history brought to the big screen!

Set in the 9th Century...the movie depicts an exciting tale of love, betrayal, death...and action...plenty of it!

At 1 hr 45 mins long the pace is just right and never tires. The story itself is relatively easy to understand...even for a non Polish speaker like myself! This is mainly thanks to the gorgeous visuals...which really speak for themselves.

This movie has anything and is definetly highly recommended. Its the most polished, well crafted and enjoyable Polish film that I have seen in a long time!

One note of caution though: this film is highly graphic! You don't get the Hollywood clean cut treatment. So when heads roll, swords thrust into flesh and druids enact an orgy...you see EVERYTHING!!!

Still that's what it was like back then!!!


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