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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 Johnny Jensen ... Boy Prince
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Towering Above All Adventures of the Flesh, the Sword and the Soul! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Senhor da Guerra See more »

Filming Locations:

Universal City, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Charlton Heston admitted in his 1978 journal "An Actor's Life" that he was not impressed by Richard Boone's performance. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Priest: Will help come soon from Ghent?
Chrysagon: Help? Aye, if the Duke wills, it'll come, soon or late.
Priest: But... but will it be in time?
Bors: Hah! Lookee, Priest. If they rise early, move fast, and find us alive... then it will be in time.
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Referenced in La bande du drugstore (2002) See more »

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Please release this movie on DVD in the UK
31 October 2005 | by bob-coleySee 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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