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The War Lord (1965)




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The painstakingly accurate historical drama The War Lord is predicated on the old practice of le droit du seigneur. Norman knight Charlton Heston, in charge of an 11th century Druid community, exercises his right to claim bride Rosemary Forsyth on the night of her wedding to James Farentino. Forsyth becomes enamored of her abductor, refusing to leave his side. Seeking vengeance, Farentino, the son of Druidic leader Niall McGinniss, foments an all-out war between Heston and Heston's covetous brother Guy Stockwell. Despite the impressive scope of the battle scenes, The War Lord, based on a stage play by Leslie Stevens, is essentially an intimate human drama (in contrast, look what "droit du seigneur" sparked in the 1995 epic Braveheart). The surehanded direction of Franklyn Schaffner and the credible performances of Heston et. al. are brilliantly complemented by Jerome Morross' Stravinsky-like musical score.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Millard Kaufman, John Collier
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 14, 2000
Universal Pictures


Charlton Heston
as Chrysagon
Henry Wilcoxon
as Frisian Prince
John Alderson
as Holbracht
Johnny E. Jensen
as Boy Prince
Forrest G. Wood
as Chrysagon Man
Belle Mitchell
as Old Woman
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Critic Reviews for The War Lord

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Runs on and on and on, but proves nothing whatever about the survival of the fittest.

Full Review… | April 23, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Heston is more convincing in his battle scenes than in romancing Rosemary Forsyth, but nevertheless delivers a hard-hitting performance.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Top Critic

The rituals of pagan mythology are well observed - cabalistic idols, sacrifices - as is Heston's disintegration in the face of a mental force that he can't understand.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There is plenty of bow-and-arrow shooting and throwing spears and pouring boiling oil and battering-ramming the great oak doorway and assaulting the fortress with a scaling-tower.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

An intelligent historical drama, exciting and atmospheric while never losing sight of the human passions that are its driving force.

Full Review… | April 23, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Lumbering sword and shield tale with Heston.

April 20, 2006

Audience Reviews for The War Lord


Charrlton Heston was and always will be an acting god. This film showed off more than one facet of his unholy acting talent and I loved it...

Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

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