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Erik the Conqueror (1961)

Gli invasori (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 12 June 1963 (USA)
Two estranged brothers confront each other as rivals when war breaks out between Britain and the Vikings for control of England.


Mario Bava


Oreste Biancoli (story), Piero Pierotti (story) | 4 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Cameron Mitchell ... Eron
Alice Kessler Alice Kessler ... Rama
Ellen Kessler ... Daya
George Ardisson ... Erik (as Giorgio Ardisson)
Andrea Checchi ... Sir Rutford
Jean-Jacques Delbo Jean-Jacques Delbo ... Olaf (as Jacques Delbò)
Franco Giacobini Franco Giacobini ... Rustichello
Raf Baldassarre ... Floki (as Raffaele Baldassarre)
Enzo Doria Enzo Doria ... Bennet
Gianni Solaro Gianni Solaro ... Ranco
Franco Ressel ... King Lotar
Livia Contardi Livia Contardi ... Hadda
Folco Lulli ... Viking King Harald
Françoise Christophe ... Regina Alice (as Françoise Cristophe)


In the 9th Century, two Viking children, separated since their early childhood with one raised by the British and the other by Vikings, meet after nearly 20 years as rivals as war breaks out between Britian and the Vikings for control of England. Written by Anonymous

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Battle plan - MASSACRE! Executed with SADISTIC SAVAGERY See more »


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Cameron Mitchell's voice is dubbed by another actor in the English-language version. See more »


In the duel between Eron and Erik both characters lose their shields at one point. After a cut both are equipped with shields again. See more »


Eron: In death, I have but one companion: my sword.
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Referenced in Hercules vs. the Giant Warriors (1964) See more »

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Bava's Viking Saga
5 March 2001 | by csdietrichSee all my reviews

Mario Bava, fresh from the overnight success of BLACK SUNDAY the previous year, emerges as a master of epic cinema in this Viking tale. Brilliant use of color hues and outstanding art direction distinguish this saga of twins separated as young boys during a battle between Anglo-Saxon hordes and Scandinavia's feared Viking tribes. Giorgio Ardisson portrays Erik and imbues his character with great nobility as he rises to fight against the Norsemen led by his brother Aaron (splendidly cast Cameron Mitchell). Andrea Checchi (Dr. Kruvajan in BLACK SUNDAY) is also tremendous as the evil Rutford, the scheming villain in this piece who wishes to use both forces to his own gain and place himself upon a throne he does not deserve. In an unforgettable interview with film historian David Del Valle commented that this film was made on a tiny budget but one would never surmise this from the rich texture and tenor of this major Bava opus. Macabre touches and phospherent Bava lighting place this work in a class by itself. The Kessler twins are used to superior advantage here and Francoise Christophe appears as the dignified and lovely Queen of the British Isles. A must-see for all lovers of The Maestro and for aficionados of epic cinema.

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