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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The Island at the Top of the World in the movie's source Donald G. Payne (as Ian Cameron)1961 novel "The Lost Ones" was Prince Patrick Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in the western region of the Queen Elizabeth Islands in Canada's Northwest Territories. 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: [to Captain Brieux after airship stalls with a broken propeller] Captain, you carry a spare propeller, don't you?
Captain Brieux: That's correct.
Prof. Ivarsson: Why don't we put it on now?
Captain Brieux: In mid-air? Impossible!
Sir Anthony Ross: Well, I don't think it's impossible.
[to Ivarsson]
Sir Anthony Ross: Splendid idea, Ivarsson.
[Starts to climb ladder]
Sir Anthony Ross: Come along, give me a hand.
Captain Brieux: [Pulling Sir Anthony Ross off the ladder] Gentlemen! May I remind you that I am in command here. Only an idiot would attempt such a thing. I will do it myself.
[...]
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Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1907 See more »

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Fantasy, Fun, and Facts!
12 June 2016 | by syphongbSee all my reviews

Largely forgotten amid the many other fantasy adventures from around this time, this one is a gem. A slow start, and the antiquated attitudes of the explorers are cringeworthy, but it gets going! Donald Sinden's aristocratic Englishman leads a search party for his missing son, they travel by airship towards the Arctic circle and discover a hidden land beyond the ice.

For me - this was one of the best depictions of Norse people I've ever seen in cinema. From the get - go, no horned helmets or fake snow, these people spoke old Norse throughout the movie, correct clothes and appearance, and their villages and buildings were beautiful. Great to see normal life for Norse people, and not raiding and pillaging! The special effects get a little ropey towards the end but we can forgive that, and the aforementioned Sinden is on top eye rolling ham form.

A great Sunday afternoon movie!


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