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Pathfinder (2007)

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A Viking boy is left behind after his clan battles a Native American tribe. Raised within the tribe, he ultimately becomes their savior in a fight against the Norsemen.

Director:

Marcus Nispel

Writers:

Laeta Kalogridis (screenplay), Nils Gaup
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Urban ... Ghost
Moon Bloodgood ... Starfire
Russell Means ... Pathfinder
Clancy Brown ... Gunnar
Jay Tavare ... Blackwing
Nathaniel Arcand ... Wind In Tree
Ralf Moeller ... Ulfar
Kevin Loring ... Jester
Wayne Charles Baker ... Indian Father (as Wayne C. Baker)
Michelle Thrush ... Indian Mother
Nicole Muñoz ... Little Sister
Burkely Duffield ... Ghost - 12 Years Old
Ray G. Thunderchild Ray G. Thunderchild ... Elder #1
Duane Howard ... Elder #2
Brandon Oakes ... Elder #3
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Storyline

A young Viking boy is left behind at a hostile tribe of American Indians, whom eventually accept him into the tribe and raise him. A personal war begins for the young Viking when the Vikings return 15 years later and initiate a barbaric attack on the tribe and the woman he loves. Written by SK Jongsma

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An Untold Legend See more »


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Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout | See all certifications »

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Filming scenes in the snowy mountains were physically challenging for Karl Urban as he was wearing thin layers of clothing. See more »

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When Ghost splashes into the water after escaping, the metal shield he was sliding on doesn't sink. See more »

Quotes

Pathfinder: You have become the Pathfinder for the Dragon People. Good!
Ghost: I'm dying.
Pathfinder: Don't complain to me about it!
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References Alexander Nevsky (1938) See more »

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Dances with Vikings
13 February 2008 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

Nipsel and company basically hybridized the structure of Dances with Wolves with a not-quite-historical fiction (more like radical speculation) plot about interactions between Norsemen and Native Americans during the 12th century A.D.

Ghost (Karl Urban) is a Norse boy left behind aboard a wrecked ship. He is adopted by the Clan of the Dog (the dogs who cohabitate with this tribe are historically inaccurate, but that's just one of many historical transgressions). As he grows up, Ghost's obvious difference and his history become something of a stumbling block for him, but he works hard to overcome them in order to be accepted by his adoptive people. Eventually, it seems, he must confront the demons of his past, and unfortunately, so must the Clan of the Dog.

Pathfinder is played well by Russell Means, and Ghost's love interest - Starfire - is nicely portrayed by Moon Bloodgood. Urban has great physical talent, but this story did not lend itself to testing his ability to create drama and mood, so there isn't much to say about his performance. Likewise, most of the Norse characters were so under-developed and one-dimensional that it is impossible to comment on the performances involved.

Although the story relies on stereotypes to develop both its Norse and Native American characters, since so little is actually known about the Norse colonies, this seems forgivable. What is not really forgivable, in my opinion, is the reiteration of the trope established in Dances with Wolves and other similar works which suggests that it takes a European to effectively fight off Europeans. Although the characterizations of the protagonists in both films are adequate to explain their behavior, the character and behavior of the Native Americans attached to them is less well developed, and there is a lingering, inaccurate and disturbing shadow of inferiority implied in their apparent inability to strategize and effectively lead in combat.

However, Pathfinder refuses to touch reality with any length of pole, so, sit back and enjoy the action, costumes and sets.

The film contains a lot of violence, most of which is convincingly shot. The costuming is excellent, and the sets are lovely. if you can get past the problems - which are several - you may just enjoy it.


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Icelandic

Release Date:

13 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pathfinder: The Legend of the Ghost Warrior See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,001,214, 15 April 2007

Gross USA:

$10,232,081

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,984,583
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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