The Island at the Top of the World (1974)




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The Arctic Circle is the setting for this Disney live-action effort, about a wealthy Englishman in search of his son.
Action & Adventure , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Walt Disney Productions

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David Hartman
as Prof. Ivarsson
Donald Sinden
as Sir Anthony Ross
Jacques Marin
as Capt. Brieux
David Gwillim
as Donald Ross
as Oomiak
Gunnar Ohlund
as The Godi
Erik Silju
as Torvald
Rolf Søder
as Lawspeaker
Denny Miller
as Town Guard
Brendan Dillon
as The Factor
James Almanzar
as French Engineer
Ivor Barry
as The Butler
Lee Paul
as Chief of Boat Archers
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Critic Reviews for The Island at the Top of the World

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

The Arctic looks like a melted dessert, the Viking village like a low-rent neighborhood in Disneyland, and the Vikings themselves like Hell's Angels on Halloween.

Full Review… | April 24, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

All deliver realistic performances.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

Unimaginative plot, interminable dialogue in 'Old Norse', some pointless love interest, and a particularly repulsive poodle.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Stunningly photographed scenery and convincing visual effects make this film one of Disney's more believable efforts.

Full Review… | April 24, 2011
TV Guide

So-so Disney spectacle with not so special effects.

October 15, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Loved it as a kid, but I haven't seen it since.

August 21, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for The Island at the Top of the World


Another picturesque live-action Disney adventure that is well-directed by Robert Stevenson, but it doesn't carry the same charm as his other expedition movies such as In Search Of The Castaways. Perhaps it could have used a song or two to make it more memorable. Otherwise I enjoyed it and liked the film's Scandinavian atmosphere. (First viewing - 11/7/2009)

Adam R
Adam R

Colorful but best for the kiddies.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Decent enough family film. Has plot twists that most kids under 15 won't see coming, and and special effects that were good for the pre-ILM (Star Wars) years Filled with both historical points and cliches, this is a good film to use in starting conversations with school kids. Many adults will remember Hartman later hosted Good Morning America for several years. One of the last scripts by Joss Wheden's (Avengers & Buffy) grand-dad, John.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

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