A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil.
Michael J. Bassett
Max von Sydow,
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.
It is the year 1215 and the rebel barons of England have forced their despised King John to put his royal seal to the Magna Carta, a noble, seminal document that upheld the rights of free-men. Yet within months of pledging himself to the great charter, the King reneged on his word and assembled a mercenary army on the south coast of England with the intention of bringing the barons and the country back under his tyrannical rule. Barring his way stood the mighty Rochester castle, a place that would become the symbol of the rebel's momentous struggle for justice and freedom. Written by
Richard Attenborough, originally cast as Archbishop Langton, convinced the film's creative team to utilize Wales' Dragon Studios as the primary shooting location. However, he was forced to cancel his involvement with production after suffering a debilitating fall down the stairs of his home, complications of which led to his death. See more »
The Danes use armour and equipment which is (very loosely) based on that used by their Viking ancestors more than a century-and-a-half earlier. In fact, in the 13th century Danish soldiers would have been equipped much like the warriors of any other European country. See more »
[to Marshal about Guy]
I'll watch your boy's back, but who's watching mine?
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I'd never heard of this movie before I saw it in the Redbox. OMG...what a terrific cast!! Giammati, Purefoy, Cox, Flemyng, Dance, Mara....and Jacobi...I couldn't believe the folks that kept appearing in the movie...and they all have meaningful roles and solid scriptwriting. And I was beside myself when Vladimir Kulich showed up....he stole the damn movie in 13th Warrior...I wish they'd given him a larger role here; hell, I wish he'd get more roles (the man can act)! Paul Giamati gives an Oscar worthy rant about the birthright of kings towards the end of the movie that crystallizes just how far we've come from the assumption set of superstition that ruled human behavior for millenia...and is right beneath the surface waiting to come out. And everything Purefoy touches is lucky to have him....if you've never seen Rome, see it....he should have won an Emmy for Marc Antony....honorable, lost, brilliant, greedy and decadent all wrapped into one. The story is pretty darn good too....the writer's tried to keep this in the zone historically and did a more than fair job. The violence is the most realistic I've seen (not for the under 12 crowd...even folks under 21 may get squeamish)....but if you want to see 13th century etiquette up close and personal...then step right up! Just an incredibly pleasant surprise. Definitely one for the video library.
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