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The War Lord (1965)

Approved | | Drama, History | 17 November 1965 (USA)
In 11th century Normandy, a Norman duke sends one of his knights to build a defensive fortress in order to guard the borders against Frisian raiders.

Director:

Franklin J. Schaffner (as Franklin Schaffner)

Writers:

John Collier (screenplay), Millard Kaufman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Chrysagon
Richard Boone ... Bors
Rosemary Forsyth ... Bronwyn
Maurice Evans ... Priest
Guy Stockwell ... Draco
Niall MacGinnis ... Odins
James Farentino ... Marc
Henry Wilcoxon ... Frisian Prince
Sammy Ross Sammy Ross ... Volc
Woodrow Parfrey ... Piet
John Alderson John Alderson ... Holbracht
Allen Jaffe ... Tybald
Michael Conrad ... Rainault
Dal Jenkins Dal Jenkins ... Dirck
Johnny Jensen ... Boy Prince
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A knight in the service of a duke goes to a coastal villiage where an earlier attempt to build a defensive castle has failed. He begins to rebuild the duke's authority in the face of the barbarians at the border and is making progress until he falls in love with one of the local women. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Until this moment, the shield was his only bed...the sword his only bride! See more »

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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The War Lord See more »

Filming Locations:

Universal City, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bors is supposed to be much older than Chrysagon, but Richard Boone was only six years older than Charlton Heston. See more »

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When Chrysagon and his men arrive at the tower he complains that the front door has "no protection at all", yet throughout the film nothing is ever done about it. See more »

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Narrator: In the eleventh century, Europe was patchwork of feudal states, extending from the Mediterranean to the shores of the North Sea. Powerful dukes exerted life-and-death control over their primitive subjects. One such, Duke William of Ghent, held a coastal area in Normandy. To protect the fens and marshes of a troubled corner of his domain, the duke sent a troop of warriors led by his most trusted knight, Chrysagon de la Crux. This Norman war lord was charged to impose the duke's will...
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Referenced in Biography: Charlton Heston: For All Seasons (1995) See more »

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Accurate depiction of Medieval life
13 July 2004 | by nromanekSee all my reviews

Captures a harsh flavor of medieval life in a way few other movies have -- the fervent Christianity at odds with superstition, the uncomfortable living conditions, the rigid barrier between ruler and ruled, the messy practicalities of medieval warfare, the absence of anything like personal "freedom". Also great to see portrayed a specific period of the 11th century that is not often depicted--around the time of William the Conqueror (one wonders if "The Duke" talked about in the story is meant to be William). Worth seeing too for the striking, brutally poetic dialog and Heston's performance.

The over-romantic score is distracting and often inappropriate. The female lead seems mis-directed--one feels she could do more, but is not being given the opportunity.


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