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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chrysagon
... Bors
... Bronwyn
... Priest
... Draco
... Odins
... Marc
... Frisian Prince
Sammy Ross ... Volc
... Piet
John Alderson ... Holbracht
... Tybald
... Rainault
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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17 November 1965 (USA)  »

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O Senhor da Guerra  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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During filming, Charlton Heston realized he agreed with Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign. This was despite the fact that Heston had been a Democrat until that point, and had publicly endorsed Lyndon Johnson for reelection. See more »

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Piet (Woodrow Parfrey)must have only recently received his injury. Watching him moving along with one crutch under his left arm, holding it with his right hand, he places his left foot (the one with the supposed injury) on the ground before using the crutch. Woodrow obviously has no idea how a crutch should be utilised. See more »

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Referenced in Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998) See more »

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Please release this movie on DVD in the UK
31 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

This represents one of the few movies which, in an acceptable & believable way, manages to convey what might be an accurate snapshot of life under the Normans, whether in northern France or in Britain.

The script might be a little clichéd, but the Heston & Boone characters are very convincing as 'men of their times' and the costumes and settings are superb. The movie creates an excellent period atmosphere and the soundtrack is brilliant.

I have to admit, l first saw this movie at a cinema many years ago and have seen it only once on TV in the past twelve years. But it stuck in my memory and l would dearly love to see it again, soon! Surely this excellent historical movie deserves a UK DVD release?

So, whoever owns the rights to this classic, PUT IT OUT ON DVD NOW!!!! I can't be the only one who wants to own a copy of The War Lord!


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