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The Vikings (1958)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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Inspired by the novel The Viking by Edison Marshall, The Vikings was lensed on location in Norway under extremely adverse weather conditions. Adding to the difficulty was the fact that star Kirk Douglas and director Richard Fleischer never quite found a common ground, and for years thereafter would hold each other responsible for the film's falling short of its potential. Still, the finished product is quite a feast for the eyes and ears. Douglas, the son of Viking leader Ernest Borgnine,

May 7, 2002

MGM Home Entertainment

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The Vikings is spectacular, rousing and colorful.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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It is the best advertisement for beer-drinking since the breweries put wrestling on TV.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Plenty of pillaging, axe-throwing, hearty quaffing of ale, storming of castles, heroic jumping into wolf pits, and manly talk about the glories of entering Valhalla with sword in hand.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The real stars are the production people

March 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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Directed with brawn over brain by Richard Fleischer.

September 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Fighting he-men and their war ships

October 23, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Pretty good actioner with star power.

July 21, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Highly entertaining and slightly camp historical adventure full of great stunts, larger-than-life characters and splendidly OTT dialogue.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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As the massive battle scenes and convoluted political machinations paraded across the screen, I thought, "This was the Braveheart of the 1950s!" and I was right.

August 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Vikings

Not bad
December 31, 2010
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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This is a cool movie about Vikings as played by Douglas and Curtis. The movie is really exciting and the story is great, it's pretty accurate, and very dramatic as well. I enjoyed this movie.
November 17, 2010
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

Just a great epic that never lost it's sense of fun and imagination. A lot of that goes to Kirk Douglas who is the epitome of the legendary Viking, he's a brutal drunken savage. However, he's also a great character and full of emotion rather than being just a stereotype. What also makes it great is the amazing set design, costumes and score. On top of that, the story is so well done and not typical of just another love & war story. The castle invasion is probably one of the greatest battle scenes, you don't get better action than that.
June 1, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

i'm not a fan of 50s historical epics at all but this has to be one of the best out there. i'm sure it's utter nonsense but it IS fun. ernest borgnine as a viking king sounded ridiculous to me before i saw it but i have to say his performance is one of the highlights. why aren't there more films about vikings?
November 22, 2009
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Stella Dallas

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    1. Kitala: Love and hate are two horns on the same goat.
    – Submitted by Frank M (2 years ago)
    1. Princess Morgana: I will not lift one finger to resist you.
    – Submitted by Frank M (2 years ago)
    1. Lord Egbert: Lies will not sustain a tyrant.
    – Submitted by Frank M (2 years ago)
    1. King Aella: Hold out the hand that has defied me.
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    1. Einar: Oh, stop shouting. You sound like a moose giving birth to a hedgehog.
    – Submitted by Frank M (2 years ago)
    1. King Ragnar: [about Einar] What man ever had a finer son? Odin could have sired him, but I did!
    – Submitted by Frank M (2 years ago)
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