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The 13th Warrior (1999)

A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled in a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.

Directors:

John McTiernan, Michael Crichton (uncredited)

Writers:

Michael Crichton (novel), William Wisher (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan
Diane Venora ... Queen Weilew
Dennis Storhøi ... Herger - Joyous (as Dennis Storhoi)
Vladimir Kulich ... Buliwyf - Leader
Omar Sharif ... Melchisidek
Anders T. Andersen Anders T. Andersen ... Wigliff - King's Son
Richard Bremmer ... Skeld - Superstitious
Tony Curran ... Weath - Musician
Mischa Hausserman Mischa Hausserman ... Rethel - Archer
Neil Maffin ... Roneth - Rider
Asbjørn 'Bear' Riis Asbjørn 'Bear' Riis ... Halga - Wise (as Asbjorn Riis)
Clive Russell ... Helfdane - Fat
Daniel Southern Daniel Southern ... Edgtho - Silent
Oliver Sveinall Oliver Sveinall ... Haltaf - Boy
Sven Wollter ... King Hrothgar
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Storyline

A cultured diplomat joins a band of savage warriors in time to meet an even more fearsome enemy in this historical adventure. In 922 A.D., Ibn Fadlan (Antonio Banderas) is a Muslim emissary from Baghdad en route to meet with the King of Saqaliba when he is captured by a gang of Vikings. While Ibn and his people are intelligent and well-mannered, the Vikings are a rowdy and sometimes unpleasant lot, with an unquenchable appetite for food, alcohol, and women. However, in time he develops an understanding and respect for the Viking warriors and is welcomed into their society by their leader, Buliwyf. However, Ibn must now join them as they return to their homeland once they receive word of an invasion by a huge pack of bloodthirsty invaders who will destroy and eat anything in their path -- including the flesh of the men they have killed.

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Plot Keywords:

arab | viking | warrior | combat | battle | See All (167) »

Taglines:

Prey for the living. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody battles and carnage | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin | Swedish | Norse, Old | Danish

Release Date:

27 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eaters of the Dead See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,267,756, 29 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,698,899

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Herger (dennis Storhøi) Almost drowned under the underwater section. Antonio Banderas jumped into the water and pulled Dennis Storhøi out of the water and saved his life. See more »

Goofs

After one of the warriors claims "only an Arab would bring a dog to war," Ahmed displays his horse's abilities. One shot of Ahmed on his horse is shown in the rain immediately before hurdling one of the horse-mounted warriors. It is not raining during the rest of the scene. See more »

Quotes

Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: [as Olga is cleaning his wound] Ow!
Olga: You complain much.
Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: [quietly] Ow.
[she applies a swab of ammonia]
Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: What is that?
Olga: Cow urine.
Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: Cow urine?
Olga: Boiled down.
Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: No, no. Don't put that filth on me. Water, clean water.
Olga: As you wish. Tomorrow the pus will run, and you'll have a fever.
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Alternate Versions

The original version, known as Eaters of the Dead and Directed by John McTiernan was originally 127 minutes and slated to be released in May of 1998. But when the film failed test screenings Michael Crichton took over the project and reshot and added new material to the film. He was also involved with the reediting of the film as well and rejected composer Graeme Revell's hour long score. This version of the film has not been seen publicly. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood's Top Ten: Battle of the Warriors (2011) See more »

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I loved this movie!
19 April 2000 | by pharalingaSee all my reviews

Action! Adventure! Incredible scenery and cinematography! But best of all a wonderfully powerful cast! As the deep and thoughtful chieftain Buliwyf, Vladimir Kulich was splendid. He played his part with dignity, power and intelligence. Another stand-out performance was that of Dennis Storhoi who played Herger the Joyous. Perfect timing and temperament. Really fun to watch. Antonio Banderas as the narrator of the piece and, incidentally, the 13th warrior was also fun to watch. He has a knack for humor and uses it well. The whole ensemble cast was a joy to watch as they moved through-out the film as a team of men who valued each others strengths and talents.

The camera work in this film is dangerous and thrilling. Our perspective is intimate and that lends a great deal of excitement to the movie experience. Thank you Mr. Menzes!

The 13th Warrior is for anyone who believes in honor, valor and courage. Also, for anyone who likes Vikings, horses, battles, blood and gore or men. Women who like men will like this movie!


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