The Vikings

The Vikings

DVD - 2002
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The saga of the loves and lusts of the fierce Norse raiders who pillaged Britain over a thousand years ago.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, 2002
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780792852575
0792852575
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA VIK
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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weeksworld
Apr 19, 2017

I remember watching this on television growing up. This and Kurasawa's "Seven Samurai" were the two best action films of their time (and they were both well ahead of their time). There are some obvious logistics and historical problems with this tale like the fact that two dozen vikings rowing in a boat can cross the North Sea from Norway and make it to England overnight. But the grand vistas of actual Norwegian fjords, a strategically difficult English castle (reminds me of Findlater Castle in Scotland I once visited) and the (oftentimes stereotypically depicted) rousing boisterousness of the Viking people make this a viewing treat. Kirk Douglas is in rare form here, not being the all-good boyish hero of his other roles but rather a roguish adversary to Curtis's protagonism (who we find out later are actually brothers). It's worth noting here that Janet Leigh, who plays the Princess Morganna, was married to Tony at the time after meeting on the set of "Houdini" 5 years earlier. Kirk upstages Tony for on screen passion towards Morganna but then he is a much better actor. I mean really, who ever heard of a Viking prince with a Brooklyn accent?

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TomatoMama
Aug 03, 2016

This was a terrific and action packed tale from start to finish. Kirk Douglas is in magnificent form as the son of a Viking king bent on the conquest of England, the avenging of his past, and forcing the heart of a princess who despises him. The action scenes are well-done. The editing and cinematography are great. There's much fun in The Vikings for kids over 11 or so. And adults will find the story, the cast and their performances entertaining enough to fully enjoy.

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22950006357453
May 16, 2015

i am pining for the fjords!

d2013 May 06, 2015

Top-notched actors in this spectacular epic movie. Recommend!
*Can also be viewed on OPL-HOOPLA under the 1950s movies. Easy access and many good movies.

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richibi
Oct 04, 2012

stunning cinematography of the fjords, painterly evocations of ships in the mist, a beautiful Janet Leigh as the Northumberland Princess Morgana, wooed by a one-eyed Kirk Douglas and a one-handed-only Tony Curtis, unwitting Viking brothers, rude swashbucklers in a quest for her however improbable love, peasants abound like in a Breughel painting, royals connive savagely like in Shakespearean tragedies, Ernest Borgnine is unrecognizable as Ragnar, the boys' roistering father, all scowls, long dishevelled hair and unkempt beard, who jumps into a wolf pit exultant when given no other choice, but only after he's been ceded a sword to enter nobly his idea of a Norse heaven, if you can believe it

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mattblais
Jan 28, 2012

above average just because of jack cardiff's cinematography.

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rslade
Sep 22, 2011

Definitely a "vehicle" film. Unrealistic plot, unrealistic relationships, unrealistic historical and social portrayal, and generally bad acting. Lots of fighting and glaring.

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Janice21383
Jul 05, 2011

When I get a yearning to live in olden times, it's usually enough to think "dentistry", and the yearning goes away. If I need more reminding, I can watch an authentic historical film like The Vikings. The world it portrays, beautiful and exciting in some ways, will appeal to no one, except the odd Stanley Cup rioter. In the dark ages, life was narrow, tedious, and exhausting, varied by moments of extreme brutality, and fun games like tug-of-war -- the losers fall into an open fire. Borgnine is great as a shaggy old Viking chief, as is Douglas, his berserk, one-eyed son. Curtis and Leigh are an example of an off-screen couple who have no chemistry on-screen.

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