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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Ibn Fahdlan (Banderas) and Melchisidek (Sharif) enters the tent at the beginning of the movie the latter speaks Greek which eventually leads to a conversation with the viking Herger (Storhoi). Melchisidek speaks Greek, and though Herger obviously understands Greek he responds in Latin which Melchisidek fortunately understands.

Though it is not stated why a Northman could understand both Latin and Greek as there were no official connection between Scandinavia and Byzantine in the 10th century, the logical assumption would be that Herger learned the languages due to him taking part in the viking raids/travels into modern day Russia (where the first scenes are filmed) and from there south into what was then the Byzantine Empire. The dominant language of the Byzantium realm was Greek with Latin as a second language. The vikings made at least one attempt at conquering the capital of the Byzantium Empire: Constantinople. 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

[introducing Buliwyf]
Herald: My lord, this is Buliwyf, son to Hygelak, come from across the sea...
[interrupting]
King Hrothgar: I *know* the man! *I* sent for him! Knew him as a boy and I know him now. Grown to a man. Grown to a fine, strong man.
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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 A la recherche des Mangeurs de Morts (2011) See more »

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Swallowed by its charm
17 November 2006 | by SpookyDukeSee all my reviews

I have a strange feeling that the authors wanted to make a small, average movie, with no big expectations, never-mind Michael Crichton's part in it. To our great joy they failed! The film is fantastic in many ways and I think I can draw a quality parallel with another "small" movie - Mothman prophecies. To me both movies are now of a rare kind - mesmerizing, strangely unique, hypnotic. For no matter how many times they put it on some TV program I always stay there being swallowed by its charm. I mean - isn't it strange that Antonio Banderas, who in my opinion ruined a promising career after a splendid international start (Mambo Kings) raises high with his Arab part. Don't you agree it took guts and charisma to stand above all those never-before-in-film perfect and powerful Vikings? Just like Richard Gere "dancing" on an equal footing with an acting greatness of Laura Linney in the Mothman. And what about the scenery, the photography, the middle ages colours and heroic costumes, what about the extras' faces, battles on a Gladiator or LOTR levels, .... amazing. Yes, this is one of those small, but big big movies, made with heart, strength and honour. And vision.


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