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Ring of the Nibelungs (2004)

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The legend of Siegfried and Brunhild, loosely based on characters from the Norse sagas and the pre-Christian Germanic heroic motifs outlined in the Nibelungensaga.

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Uli Edel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benno Fürmann ... Eric / Siegfried
Kristanna Loken ... Brunhild (as Kristanna Løken)
Alicia Witt ... Kriemhild
Julian Sands ... Hagen
Samuel West ... King Gunther
Max von Sydow ... Eyvind
Robert Pattinson ... Giselher
Mavie Hörbiger Mavie Hörbiger ... Lena
Aletta Bezuidenhout Aletta Bezuidenhout ... Hallbera
Sean Higgs Sean Higgs ... Alberich
Götz Otto ... King Thorkwin
Ralf Moeller ... King Thorkilt
Tamsin MacCarthy ... Queen Siegland
Leonard Moss Leonard Moss ... King Siegmund
Ryan Slabbert Ryan Slabbert ... Siegfried (3 Years)
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The young blacksmith Siegfried, who, not knowing that he is heir to a conquered kingdom, becomes popular with the Burgunds by slaying their bane, the dragon Fafnir. When the reward seems to be a huge treasure, Siegfried ignores the curse that lies on the hoard - which now seems to endanger his love to beautiful Norse warrior queen Brunhild. Written by Tandem Communications

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The Nordic legend that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write the Lord of the Ring trilogy.


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Rated PG-13 for some intense action violence and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | UK | South Africa | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Curse of the Ring See more »

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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Acting debut of Robert Pattison. See more »

Goofs

When Siegfried is fighting the two Saxon kings he is disarmed of his sword and shield, after being knocked to the ground he retrieves his sword, gets up, and a short piece of action ensues. The shot then changes and he suddenly has his shield for the closing seconds of the fight sequence. See more »

Quotes

Kriemhild: Once I loved a man who did not love me and I could not bear it if the world was to be a place without him. So when Hagen came to me with an unholy thing that would banish the memory of old loves and plant a new one there, I was blinded...
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Version of The Long Swift Sword of Siegfried (1971) See more »

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Lebenslicht
(German Version only)
Written by Schiller / Felder
Performed by Barbara Schiller
Pubished by Media Spirit / BMG Publishing
Copyright 2004 VIP International GmbH
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Another Wonderful Version of the Saga of Siegfried
17 May 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The blacksmith Siegfried (Benno Fürmann) meets the Queen of Island Brunhild (Kristanna Loken) in the crater of a fallen meteoroid and defeats her in an ax battle. They fall in love for each other and Kriemhild promises to wait for him in her kingdom. Siefried forges a sword using the strange ore; he slays a dragon and baths in its blood to become invincible and wealthy with the Treasure of the Nibelungen. Then he fights and defeats the dwarf Alberich (Sean Riggs) from the Realm of the Nibelungen and gets his magic helmet that makes the user take whatever form he wishes. When Siegfried meets Kriemhild (Alicia Witt), she drops a magic love potion in his wine and he immediately falls in love for her and forgets Brunhild. When Siegfried asks the hand of Kriemhild to her brother King of Burgundy Gunther (Samuel West), he advises that he would accept if Siegfried helps him to win the strong Queen of Iceland Brunhild. Siegfried uses his helmet to defeat Brunhild pretending that he is Gunther and Brunhild accepts to marry him. When the jealous Kriemhild discloses the truth to Brunhild, she leads Siegfried and her kingdom to a tragedy.

The saga of Siegfried is certainly one of the most beautiful tales of the old times of pagan gods. In 1924, Fritz Lang released the masterpiece "Die Nibelungen: Siegfried", an impressive movie ahead of time and one of the most beautiful fantasies ever. The made for TV "Ring of the Nibelungs" was a great surprise for me, since it is another wonderful version of the saga of Sirgfried. The story is engaging, developed in a perfect pace and using decent special effects. The cast has great performances, and includes the gorgeous Alicia Witt and Kristanna Loken in the role of the sweet Kriemhild and the strong Brunhild. In the end, this delightful movie is not so powerful as Fritz Lang's masterpiece, but it is a great family entertainment. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Maldição do Anel" ("The Curse of the Ring")


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