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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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Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)
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Trivia

First in an unofficial Viking triology (remaining two being Í skugga hrafnsins & Hvíti víkingurinn). See more »

Quotes

Thord's Brother: Guest took the silver from Björn. He probably followed him all the way to Rome. Then he goes all the way to Iceland to put it on Erik's table. Strange man that steals from the poor to give to the rich. I would enjoy meeting such a man. Who was the man who said Björn stole the silver? Was it not Erik?
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References Yojimbo (1961) See more »

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Á Sprengisandi
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The greatest action film ever made in Iceland
5 May 2002 | by SamRagSee all my reviews

Being Icelandic I'm of course proud of most films made in Iceland, and they do get better every year. The only thing I sometimes criticise is that we, Icelanders, try to be TOO clever. We don't allow ourselves to just make pure action or pure comedy, but it seems we have to try to add some artistic flair to all our films. Hrafninn flygur is a viking-action film, which keeps your interest from beginning to end. The costumes and surroundings are beautiful, and the story is a good old revenge-your-parents tale, but with enough twists and side stories to keep ones interest fully. I have many friends around the globe, and Hrafninn flygur is one of the few films that I would recommend to anyone for pure entertainment value. Sadly, this film is not available any more, so we will just have to hope that one of these days they will re-release it.


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