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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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Official Sites:

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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 movie's source novelist Donald G. Payne (as Ian Cameron) wrote a similarly titled novel "The Mountains at the Bottom of the World" which was first published around the same time that this picture first launched in December 1974. 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1907 See more »

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Extraordinaries adventures and eye-popping photography in the Arctic over a flying machine
12 February 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This sci-fi adventure adapted from Jules Verne novel film deals about an expedition organized by a rich man(Donald Sinden),an adventurer(David Tomlinson,an unforgettable Lucas Tanner) and a genius inventor(Jacques Marin).They along with an Eskimo(Mako) set out in search of his son in a ingenious blimp called Hiparion.But they suddenly encounter a lost civilization, a Viking kingdom.They are trapped by the Vikings and are judged in a temple under the sculptures of Northern Gods: Thor and Odin.They're condemned to death penalty but achieve to flee.The movie displays exciting flying involving a spectacular Zeppelin over the skies of Arctic where we see different animals: Seals,oxes,White bears,Orcas,Reindeers and a Whales cemetery.

The picture gets action,adventures,derring-do,amusing images and breathtaking landscapes.Colorful atmosphere in this entertaining story with tension and adventures is maintained throughout. Splendid aerial cinematography reflecting marvellous outdoors.Abound matte painting including interesting special effects by the Disney specialist Peter Ellenshaw who is production designer too.Evocative and agreeable musical score by Maurice Jarre(Lawrence of Arabia).The motion picture is beautifully directed by Robert Stevenson,he's a Disney's usual director(In search of the castaways ,his fist attempt to recreate Verne novel,Gnome mobile,Herbie rises again,Mary Poppins).Mainly recommendable for all family and specially for children and adventures lovers.


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