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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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Adventure beyond imagination


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G | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1907. See more »

Goofs

The actors playing Vikings speak a mix of modern Scandinavian languages. Modern Icelandic would have been closer to the authentic tongue. See more »

Quotes

Oomiak: What fame, not even my dogs know me.
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Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1907 See more »

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

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A spectacular fun filled journey for the whole family
18 February 2005 | by pozdenaSee all my reviews

For a low budget Disney movie that's 30 years old this ripping yarn is a lot of fun. It has everything from killer whales, volcanoes, an experimental airship, a lost civilization of Vikings and even Mako in the role of an Eskimo who 'fights like a bear'!

When Sir Anthony discovers that his son has gone missing in the frozen north, this upper class Brit wastes no time in putting together a team of explorers (an American archaeologist, a French aviator and an Eskimo) to get him back. Using an experimental French airship they head past Greenland into the vast unknown of the frozen north. Using a map made of bone and ancient myths they find their way to a lost island oasis hidden deep in the ice.

I won't ruin anymore of the plot, as it gets even better from there. The set pieces and costumes are amazing for their time (and the low budget). The special effects in some parts look slightly dated but add to the charm of the film. If you don't think so then I am sure that the attack by the killer whales towards the end makes up for it! This film is a lot of fun and I recommend it to anyone who likes a good adventure story. The movie is PG enough for the kiddies, but the neat story and the clever locations will keep the adults interested.


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