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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


Certificate:

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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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 dust-cover blurb for one of the editions of the film's source Donald G. Payne (as Ian Cameron) 1961 novel "The Lost Ones" read: "An epic story of adventure, set in the Arctic, which leads to the legendary graveyard of the whales...". The whales graveyard is featured in this movie version. 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

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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Enjoyable Disney adventure.
23 October 2003 | by Jonathon DabellSee all my reviews

The Island At The Top Of The World is based on a novel by Ian Cameron entitled The Lost Ones. The novel was set in modern times, but the film is set in Edwardian times. It is one of the better live-action Disney films, with an interesting and exciting plot, solid performances and an unusual setting. Only the weak special effects give the viewer something to gripe about.

Donald Sinden is splendid as Sir Anthony Ross, an elderly London gentleman who is desperate to find out what happened to his son Donald. Apparently, young Donald went off to the Arctic several months earlier in search of a mythical place "where whales go to die", but he disappeared during the expedition. Sir Anthony refuses to believe that his son is dead, so he assembles a search party and they set off for the freezing polar ice-cap aboard a French airship. As it turns out, right up at the top of the world there exists a lost colony of Viking throwbacks, hidden from the rest of the world and able to survive because the valley in which they live is heated by volcanic materials. Young Donald has been living with these folk since his strange disappearance, but the arrival of his father's search party causes trouble and the Viking elders vote to kill the intruders.

It's every bit as unusual and fascinating as it sounds, and is a truly worthwhile film for kids and adults alike. There are a few mis-calculations (few films, after all, are perfect) but not too many. The special effects, as already suggested, are somewhat below par. Also, much of the Viking dialect is translated by David Hartman's character, and the task of listening to it in one language, then again in English, is slightly tedious. However, all things considered, this is a very enjoyable and entertaining production.


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