The Vikings Reviews
1) Take two feuding half-brothers (Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis) plus one falcon. Remove one eye. Add two ripe melons (Janet Leigh) and simmer for about one hour.
2) Then, combine one 'Fatso' Judson (Ernest Borgnine) with a pit of ravenous wolves and stir vigorously with a sword. Leave to enter Valhalla.
3) Bellow "Odin!!!" and serve.
Joking aside, "The Vikings" is just about the best of its kind and, as a Douglas/Curtis historical epic, nine times out of ten I would rather watch this than "Spartacus"! Curtis is a bit too surly and taciturn to elicit much audience sympathy, but Douglas makes the most of one of his best villainous roles and Janet Leigh rarely looked lovelier. Photographed on location in Norway by Powell and Pressburger's ace cameraman, Jack Cardiff, the movie is often breathtakingly beautiful to look at. If you like this, try Chuck Heston and Franklin Schaffner's "The War Lord" ("The Warlord" on Flixster).
Einar and Eric are secretly brothers separated at birth due to tragic events in history. They are strong Viking men, but one brother is from nobility and one is a slave. When a seat of power becomes available, they both are eager to claim the crown. There is an added bonus for the winner, the hand of Princess Morgana. The two brothers will do everything in their power to obtain these prizes.
"Is this the way slaves talk to Vikings?"
Richard Fleischer, director of Tora Tora Tora, Conan the Destroyer, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, Red Sonja, Mr. Majestyk, See No Evil, and Doctor Dolittle (1967), delivers The Vikings. The storyline for this picture is just okay and seemed like a poor man's version of the Greek mythology movies from this time (Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans, etc). The acting was solid and the cast is an impressive list of names including Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, and James Donald.
"His words cannot hurt you."
I came across this film on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and saw the cast and had to DVR it. Unfortunately, this was just relatively interesting and worth following. I was hoping for more from this film and thought the cast would deliver an epic darkage picture; unfortunately, this was kind of bland. Overall, this may be worth watching once but I wouldn't go too far out of my way to see this.
I would like to put in a good word for the woolly boots that the Vikings wear. The costume department did a superb job with those. All of the costumes were very good come to think of it.
Possibly the biggest selling point for this film is that it FELT like Vikings all the way through. They kept talking about Odin and other cultural things which gave the film a ton of charm.
8 or 8.5
Let me put it this way. If you don't like this movie you are a dick and I hate you.