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The Island at the Top of the World (1974)

In 1907, four explorers discover a lost colony of Vikings in the Arctic.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

John Whedon (screenplay), Donald G. Payne (novel) (as Ian Cameron)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hartman ... Prof. Ivarsson
Donald Sinden ... Sir Anthony Ross
Jacques Marin ... Captain Brieux
Mako ... Oomiak
David Gwillim ... Donald Ross
Agneta Eckemyr ... Freyja
Gunnar Öhlund Gunnar Öhlund ... The Godi (as Gunnar Ohlund)
Lasse Kolstad Lasse Kolstad ... Erik
Erik Silju Erik Silju ... Torvald
Rolf Søder Rolf Søder ... The Lawspeaker
Torsten Wahlund ... Sven
Sverre Anker Ousdal ... Gunnar (as Sverre Ousdal)
Niels Hinrichsen Niels Hinrichsen ... Sigurd
Denny Miller ... Town Guard
Brendan Dillon ... The Factor
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Storyline

An Edwardian gentleman hopes to find his long-lost son, who vanished whilst searching for a mysterious Viking community in a volcanic valley somewhere in uncharted Arctic regions. The gentleman puts together an expedition team to go on the search, but when they reach their destination they must escape from some Viking descendants who will kill to keep their existence a secret. Written by Jonathon Dabell <barnabyrudge@hotmail.com>

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Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Release Date:

20 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La isla del fin del mundo See more »

Filming Locations:

Norway See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The geographical location of Astragard, the island at the top of the world in the movie, is located due north of Ellesmere Island aka Crocker Land aka Umingmak Nuna, the latter of which is from the Inuit language and means "Land of Muskox". See more »

Goofs

The Hyperion's propellers are hand cranked by men on the ground. When the entire ship is viewed at rest, the propellers are nowhere near the ground. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Ivarsson: [They have discovered a frozen bay filled with the carcasses of many dead whales] Where the whales go to die. All those great creatures from every sea, lying there, from the beginning of time.
Sir Anthony Ross: Just look at all that whalebone! Worth millions of pounds! And heavens knows what the ambergris would fetch.
Donald Ross: All that doesn't matter now, does it, father?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1907 See more »

Connections

Featured in L'ami public numéro un: Pinocchio (1975) See more »

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I flew the camera ship in the Canadian Arctic scenes
16 December 2005 | by w98208-1See all my reviews

FYI...I flew the camera ship for the Polar Bear and Narwhal scenes. The camera man was Bill Bacon from Squim, Washington. According to my log book, I met Bill in Resolute Bay, NWT on about July 24, 1973. On July 26, 1973 we flew 2+00 hours to Arctic Bay, NWT for staging and fuel. I logged 6+30 hours flying on July 27th, this was en-route from Arctic Bay,NWT to Admirality Inlet for the filming and returning to Resolute Bay. The Aircraft was a Bell 206B (CF-OKU) belonging to Okanagan Helicopters Ltd. A Canadian company out of Vancouver, BC, Canada with a base in Resolute. The Narwhal scenes were filmed with a 35 MM camera, but if I remember correctly Bill shot the Polar bear as an after thought and was filmed with a 16 MM camera.

Walter Lasher Everett, Washington W98208@Juno.com


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