The War Lord (1965)
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In this painstakingly-accurate historical drama, Morman knight Charlton Heston 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 foments an all-out war between Heston and Heston's covetous brother.
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Critic Reviews for The War Lord
An intelligent historical drama, exciting and atmospheric while never losing sight of the human passions that are its driving force.
Runs on and on and on, but proves nothing whatever about the survival of the fittest.
Heston is more convincing in his battle scenes than in romancing Rosemary Forsyth, but nevertheless delivers a hard-hitting performance.
Lumbering sword and shield tale with Heston.
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.
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.
The sure-handed direction of Schaffner and the credible performances of Heston et al are well complemented by Morross's driving, Stravinsky-like score.
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