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Pathfinder (2007)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  13 April 2007 (USA)
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A Viking boy is left behind after his clan battles a Native American tribe. Raised within the tribe, he ultimately becomes their savior in a fight against the Norsemen.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Charles Baker ...
Indian Father (as Wayne C. Baker)
Little Sister
Ray G. Thunderchild ...
Elder #1
Duane Howard ...
Elder #2
Brandon Oakes ...
Elder #3


A young Viking boy is left behind at a hostile tribe of American Indians, whom eventually accept him into the tribe and raise him. A personal war begins for the young Viking when the Vikings return 15 years later and initiate a barbaric attack on the tribe and the woman he loves. Written by SK Jongsma

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pathfinder: The Legend of the Ghost Warrior  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,001,214 (USA) (13 April 2007)


$10,232,081 (USA) (15 June 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Native Americans the Vikings encounter historically were the Beothuk people of Newfoundland in Canada. There is a large historical site around the Viking settlements in Newfoundland for tourists to visit. See more »


Vikings did not use plate armour. See more »


Ghost: [after letting Gunnar fall from the mountain] I'm not your kind.
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References King Arthur (2004) See more »

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One Lost
16 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Twenty years ago, there was a terrific Norwegian action film called "Pathfinder" set in the Dark Ages and dealing with a boy whose family is slaughtered by marauders; villagers take him in. When the boy has grown into a young man, the marauders return, affording our hero the chance to repay his benefactors by avenging himself on the bad guys. It was brisk and chilly and had a real sense of mythic resonance. It was good.

Here, now, is another film called "Pathfinder," virtually identical in plot. And it is everything the original was not: muddled, ugly, pointless, silly, incoherent, overly familiar and exceedingly dull. It is not good.

German director Marcus Nispel, who remade "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" a couple of years back and likely is working on a lousy new version of something else now, has an eye: The film is handsome. But he has no ear or brain -- or at least not those parts of the brain that deal with such niceties as narrative, character, dialogue and logic.

Karl Urban (Eomer to "Lord of the Rings" fans) stars a Nordic boy raised by Native Americans after being left behind in a Viking raid of North America. Probably the filmmakers (a dozen producers are credited) thought the introduction of Native Americans allowed for soulful depths. Actually, it allows for painfully dim clichés about prophecy, spirits and discovering "who you are" -- as patronizing in its way as the most insult-ridden cowboys-and-Indians movie of the '30s.

Other characters include a heroic love interest (Moon Bloodgood), a wise elder (Russell Means) and a mute sidekick (Kevin Loring). These brief descriptions are about all the depth these characters ever acquire.

Most of "Pathfinder" is given over to ridiculous chases and fights that remind you how skillful "Apocalypto" was at similar scenes. Someone who had never seen an action movie wouldn't credit a minute of it. In a way, it's perfect: You can't imagine anyone seeing this mess and not feeling lesser for the experience.

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