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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) »

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Fear reigns. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Gross USA:

$32,698,899

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,698,899
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Touchstone Pictures See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The source novel, "Eaters of the Dead," has become part of one of the most notorious hoaxes in Librarianship Circles. The Ahmad Tusi Manuscript, which the bibliography says is the novel's source, is completely made up. The name of the translator, Fraus Dolus, is two Latin words meaning both 'hoax' and 'fraud'. Since the novel was published in 1976, the University of Oslo, where this manuscript is supposed to be kept, has sent out letters telling enquirers that they have been the victim of a hoax. See more »

Goofs

When Herger offers Ahmed mead, in which Ahmed refuses because he can't drink fermented grapes or wheat, the shape and position of the horn of mead alters drastically. See more »

Quotes

Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: [given a Viking sword] I cannot lift this.
Herger the Joyous: Grow stronger.
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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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References Seven Samurai (1954) See more »

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WOO-HOO!! Viking-Violence!!!
20 January 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

I'm really wondering why there aren't making more movies like this! What is in more interesting than the history of the Scandinavian countries? What is more fascinating than the tales of Northern myths and their legendary Gods?? Well, in my personal opinion, nothing is and that's why I was so enthusiast when I first heard about this Thirteenth Warrior being released! And even though I'll admit the film is flawed on several levels, I enjoyed it very much and I'd like to encourage as much people as possible to find out more about the North men and their intriguing history. Co-producer Michael Crichton who also wrote the screenplay bases the 13th Warrior on his own `Eaters of the Dead' novel. It's a tale of a banished Arab man who joins twelve North men on a conquest against an ancient form of evil. He learns their language and becomes a warrior during the journey, he fights along against the `Wendol'…These are giant bear-like men who're extremely violent and savage. The good thing about The 13th Warriors is that it contains multiple impressive battle sequences and extremely interesting characters. For example the leader of the North men - Buliwyf - who's a truly overwhelming personality. The costumes and geographical settings are breath taking and perhaps even the most succeeded aspects in the entire production. And, of course, you can't tell a Viking tale without the use of explicit violence…the battles are pretty gruesome and the shed of blood is enormous. I didn't have a problem with that, though. I even love it but it might be something to keep under consideration when you have a weak stomach and you're planning to watch this film. Yet, it's only fair that I name a few of them negative elements The 13th Warrior suffers from. The largest parts of the script – and especially the dialogues – are very poorly written. The film also desperately tries to insert humor that is painfully unfunny and even embarrassing at times. Even the entire last battle scene may have been skipped since it's too heroic and a bit too much. Terrifically shot, though. Antonio Banderas will never be a class-A actor, neither…luckily for him, the accent works out well enough in stories like this. Nonetheless, The 13th Warrior is good entertainment and the background of it is food for education! Vikings rule!!


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