The Vikings Reviews
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.
It was still great!
Not only is it a fine adventure, beautifully filmed and directed and (mostly) finely acted - but it has Kirk giving it his full heroic and emotional range. It is a film that was ahead of its time (except for the haircuts, wigs and false beards) but it has stood the test of time.
Film was consulted with historians from the University of Oslo, and some blueprints of Viking Ships from Viking Museum served as the basis for ships seen in the movie. Film sheds its light on the rowdy lifestyle of Vikings, the drinking, messy and ugly eating behavior and axe-fights
Set in 8th or 9th century somewhere near the England (GB - Great Britain) - the film is narrated by Orson Welles, the story follows Viking king Ragnar (Ernest Borgine) and his son Einar (Kirk Douglas) as they attempt to kidnap Princess Morgana (Janet Leigh). But Einar falls for her, and then so does Viking slave Eric (Tony Curtis), who also turns out to be the illegitimate son of Ragnar from queen whom he impregnated long ago in a raid in which he killed the king.
The Vikings is near perfect on giving us best understanding on the lifestyle and engagement of theirs - someone less familiar with these infamous people must check out The Vikings. Movie bears strong performance from Ernest Borgnine and Kirk Douglas. Starts to send chills with its outstanding locations selected in Norway for filming in the beginning - dialogues are superb to be entertained and raise our excitement. Fort de la Latte castle a famous tourist attraction in France, was depicted as residential castle of the king of England.
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.