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When the Raven Flies (1984)

Hrafninn flýgur (original title)
An Irish man seeks vengeance against the vikings who killed his parents.

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Hrafn Gunnlaugsson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jakob Þór Einarsson ... Gest
Edda Björgvinsdóttir ... Gest's Sister
Helgi Skúlason ... Thord
Gotti Sigurdarson ... Einar (as Gottskálk D. Sigurdarson)
Flosi Ólafsson ... Erik
Egill Ólafsson ... Thord's Brother
Sveinn M. Eiðsson ... Guard
Gunnar Jónsson ... Erik's Retainer
Þráinn Karlsson ... Olaf the Childlover
Anna S. Karlsdóttir Anna S. Karlsdóttir ... (as Anna Karlsdóttir)
Abba M. Jóhannsdóttir Abba M. Jóhannsdóttir
Anna Reynisdóttir Anna Reynisdóttir
Arnaldur Friðgeirsson Arnaldur Friðgeirsson
Ármann Ingason Ármann Ingason
Birgir Guðjónsson Birgir Guðjónsson
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Storyline

Ireland: Vikings pillage the land, seeking silver and slaves, slaying men and women in the process. A young boy is spared when a Viking takes pity on him instead of killing him. Iceland 20 years later: The boy returns to take his revenge on the killers, the Norwegian foster brothers; Thord and Eirik, by cunning and hidden weapons. Written by Stle A. Olsen <sao@idt.unit.no>

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To him the vengeance was all that mattered - to her forgiveness (Swedish theatrical tagline)

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Action | Drama

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Country:

Iceland | Sweden

Language:

Icelandic

Release Date:

25 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When the Raven Flies See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)
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Trivia

The scene where Thord shoots an arrow from his bow at close range in Gest's chest without penetrating his armor is not a trick or any type of SFX. Helgi Skúlason (Thord) really did fire off a real arrow at close range, and Jakob Einarsson (Gest) really did not wear any other protection than the leather armor. See more »

Quotes

Thord: You are christian, that's what wrong with you!
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Connections

Followed by The White Viking (1991) See more »

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Á Sprengisandi
Written by Sigvaldi Kaldalóns
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Excellent!
20 October 2006 | by lemadisonSee all my reviews

My first reaction when I finished watching this movie for the first time was, "Woah, Irish ninjas versus vikings? What can be cooler than that?" Strictly, Gest isn't a ninja-- I'm being a bit facetious-- but the throwing knives, the steely resolve, and the silent lurking can make up for the cultural gap. In all respects, this is an excellent movie. The acting is great, the plot is more than a simple revenge story, and the ending is powerful. In reflection, even the unusual music fits the story well. If you can get ahold of this movie, watch it, especially if you're not Scandinavian and don't know much about Scandinavian history or culture. It was this movie that got a lot of people I know interested in learning more about that region and that era of history.

And if you're the type who likes throwing-knives, lurking, complex revenge plots, and barbarian swordplay, this is still the movie for you.


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