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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.

Director:

Hrafn Gunnlaugsson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jakob Þór Einarsson Jakob Þór Einarsson ... Gest
Edda Björgvinsdóttir Edda Björgvinsdóttir ... Gest's Sister
Helgi Skúlason Helgi Skúlason ... Thord
Gotti Sigurdarson Gotti Sigurdarson ... Einar (as Gottskálk D. Sigurdarson)
Flosi Ólafsson Flosi Ólafsson ... Erik
Egill Ólafsson Egill Ólafsson ... Thord's Brother
Sveinn M. Eiðsson Sveinn M. Eiðsson ... Guard
Gunnar Jónsson ... Erik's Retainer
Þráinn Karlsson 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

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

Gest: Heavy knife.
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Connections

Followed by Hvíti víkingurinn (1991) See more »

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Á Sprengisandi
Written by Sigvaldi Kaldalóns
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Great movie with loads of atmosphere
4 November 1999 | by AntagonistenSee all my reviews

This is for me a very memorable movie. First of all it has a good story with morale in it. It deals with vengeance which can probably be among the hardest things for a man to deal with. Which is greatly illustrated at the end of the movie (without revealing too much...).

Also the story with the lone crusader seeking vengeance for the slaying of his family is very strong. And the atmosphere of the movie really helps as well. The music is very good and helps the atmosphere as does the photo. It´s dirty, grey and cold just like it should be in a relentless, unforgiving, viking movie.

This is probably the best viking movie so far, not that it has too many contenders sadly enough. I recommend this movie to anyone wanting to see a very special movie with a special atmosphere and a few nice touches. And also, the movie is almost worth seeing only to hear the wonderful icelandic language!

I rate this 7/10, one extra star for originality!


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