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The Norseman (1978)

An eleventh century Viking Prince sails to America to find his father, who on a previous voyage had been captured by Indians.


Charles B. Pierce
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Majors ... Thorvald
Cornel Wilde ... Ragnar
Mel Ferrer ... King Eurich
Jack Elam ... Death Dreamer
Susie Coelho Susie Coelho ... Winetta
Christopher Connelly ... Rolf
Jimmy Clem ... Olif
Deacon Jones Deacon Jones ... Thrall
Denny Miller ... Rauric
Fred Biletnikoff Fred Biletnikoff ... Norseman
Seamon Glass Seamon Glass ... Stargazer
Kathleen Freeman ... Old Indian woman
Jerry Daniels Jerry Daniels ... Kiwonga (as Jacob Jerry Daniels)
Steve Denny Steve Denny ... Norseman
Chuck Pierce Jr. Chuck Pierce Jr. ... Young Eric (as Chuck Pierce)


An eleventh century Viking Prince sails to America to find his father, who on a previous voyage had been captured by Indians.

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Before Columbus was born, a reckless band of blonde giants sailed to an unknown land we now call America. There a new peril awaited them - the savage warriors of the Iroquois nation. Thus began an epic adventure. See more »


Action | Adventure


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Did You Know?


In 1980, one of the ships from movie was recovered in the mangrove swamps of Hillsboro County, FL. A research team from Norway, leas by one Odden Byrd, working with the University of Tampa came in to supervise the salvage and recovery of the boat with the intent of restoring it and sailing it back to Scandinavia, but the boat broke apart and sank while being towed across Tampa Bay. See more »


On one of the shipboard scenes, one of the Vikings is wearing a wristwatch. See more »

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Not Oscar Material, But Not Unbelievable
26 August 2003 | by randwolfraySee all my reviews

I tend to cut movies a lot of slack, since I believe that the more sophisticated our movie-making abilities become the less people tend to use their imaginations. I bought a used VHS copy of "The Norseman," and watching it as an adult I actually enjoyed it. Sure, it's not a well-made movie, but it's a sad fact of life that often the smarter we get, the more jaded we get. I suspect the reason one viewer enjoyed the movie at ten and hated it as an adult is that watching it through eyes of childlike wonder he was able to suspend disbelief and see the movie's real meaning.

Besides, what's so "laughably stupid" about the plot, a conflict between Vikings and Native Americans? There is pretty good evidence that the Vikings were in North America; ever hear of Vinland? And as for the "black Viking," that was probably a pandering to '70s social consciousness; but still, could they not have picked up an African man in their travels? Everyone has their tastes, but I found this movie's theme unique and intriguing.

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Release Date:

29 January 1979 (Sweden) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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