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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.

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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)
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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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The saga of the warrior whose courage defied 1,000 years of myth and legend.

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Adventure | Action

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1979 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Az öldöklő viking See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When the Norseman on the beach receives an arrow in the left shoulder, the padding is visible under his outer garment area where the arrows sticks. See more »

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Endlessly amusing garbage.
18 September 2013 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

When you get a load of this casting mix and this plot, you're probably already preparing yourself for a dumb, silly and cheese ball period adventure. Much of the acting is less than stellar (yet entertaining in its own way), the accents (or lack thereof) priceless, and the action ridiculous. There's a fair bit of blood here for a PG rated flick, but overall this is a pretty "good" diversion on a crummy, politically incorrect, wholly inaccurate level.

The hilariously cast Lee Majors of 'The Six Million Dollar Man' and 'The Fall Guy' fame plays proud Norse warrior Thorvald, accompanying a group of his men to America (which they dub "Vineland"), where his father, the King (Mel Ferrer), had vanished previously. It turns out that dad had been abducted by the local Indian tribe, so the very slim story ends up turning into a "Norseman vs. Indians" series of battles. Also along for the ride are none other than Jack Elam as an old "wizard", Cornel Wilde as a Norseman named Ragnar, Christopher Connelly as Rolf, Jimmy Clem, a regular in the films of Charles B. Pierce ("The Legend of Boggy Creek", "The Town That Dreaded Sundown"), and the directors' son Chuck Pierce as Majors' younger brother. Sonny Bonos' third wife Susie Coelho plays the young Indian hottie who sympathizes with the Norsemen and betrays her tribe. And is that Kathleen Freeman as an old Indian woman? It sure is.

This is worthy of some hearty chuckles, thanks to the script (by Pierce Sr. himself) and performances. But it's not totally lacking in quality, with sharp Panavision photography by Robert Bethard and stirring, atmospheric music by Jaime Mendoza-Nava.

This may not be one of the directors' finer moments, but it's still fun to a degree.

Executive produced, uncredited, by Majors and his then wife, Farrah Fawcett.

Five out of 10.


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