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The Vikings (1958)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure | 28 June 1958 (USA)
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A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Calder Willingham (screenplay), Dale Wasserman (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kirk Douglas ... Einar
Tony Curtis ... Eric
Ernest Borgnine ... Ragnar
Janet Leigh ... Morgana
James Donald ... Egbert
Alexander Knox ... Father Godwin
Maxine Audley ... Enid
Frank Thring ... Aella
Eileen Way Eileen Way ... Kitala
Edric Connor Edric Connor ... Sandpiper
Dandy Nichols ... Bridget
Per Buckhøj Per Buckhøj ... Bjorn
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Storyline

Einar and Eric are two Viking half-brothers. The former is a great warrior whilst the other is an ex-slave, but neither knows the true identity of the other. When the throne of Northumbria in Britain becomes free for the taking, the two brothers compete against one another for the prize, but they have very different motives - both involving the princess Morgana, however. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

:The Vikings: See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The three Viking ships in the film were designed using blueprints for an actual Viking ship salvaged from the water and restored by a Viking museum in Norway. It turned out that the boats built for the film were too accurate, because the modern actors were taller than their historical counterparts. Every other oar hole had to be plugged so the modern men would have room to row with a full oar stroke. Otherwise, they would hit the backs of the oarsmen seated in front of them when pushing the oar handles forward to start each new stroke. See more »

Goofs

In the early scene where the viking ship is first returning to the village a shot from the front of the viking boat (from the camera boat in front) clearly reveals the camera boat's wake trailing behind - but in front of the viking ship. See more »

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Narrator: The Vikings, in Europe of the 8th and 9th century, were dedicated to a pagan god of war, Odin. Trapped by the confines of their barren ice-bound northlands, they exploited their skill as shipbuilders to spread a reign of terror, then unequaled in violence and brutality in all the records of history.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: PROTECT US OH LORD FROM THE WRATH OF THE NORTHMEN See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1993 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) See more »

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The Vikings–-an under-appreciated masterpiece
20 April 2000 | by treagan-2See all my reviews

Call me a fool, but I feel strongly that the Richard Fleischer/ Kirk Douglas 1958 film THE VIKINGS is a waiting-to-be-rediscovered masterpiece.

Of the costume drama spectaculars of the 1950s-1960s, it has the most coherent script and theme. It knowledgeably explores the themes Europe was dealing with during its Dark Ages. Acting performances are first rate (Frank Thring's villainy drips pure acid), and the photography is breathtaking. Mario Nacimbene's score has a majesty that matches any, including its little love theme. See it (if possible) on the big screen/wide screen format.


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