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Viking half-brothers fight over a throne and a beautiful captive.
Viking half-brothers fight over a throne and a beautiful captive.
This movie stars Ernest Borgnine as RAGNAR, lord of all Vikings, whom wields the Mjölnir of acting. He literally SMASHES Kirk Douglas in to the ground. He PUMMELS Tony Curtis to his knees. He rapes and pillages the coast of Janet Leigh. His performance alone sent this movie to box office Valhalla (Valhalla is good). Then I think Kirk Douglas got an eye poked out by Janet Leigh’s bra or something, it’s hard to remember there was a lot of fog.
After suffering through the mopey, joyless, tedium of Valhalla Rising, I needed an infusion of old-school, kick-ass Viking goodness...stat...so I teed up an old favorite, Richard Fleischer's glorious Technicolor saga of brutal Viking raider, King Ragnar, his irrepressibly horn-doggy, facially mutilated offspring, Einar, and the slave, Eric, who unbeknownst to them, is the rightful king of both Northumbria and the Vikings, and also Einar's rival for the foxiest babe of the Dark Ages, Princess Morgana.
By the Holy Blood of Odin, I swear that this movie delivers the cheesy plunder and then some. Have there ever been two actors better suited to playing a couple of exuberantly drunken and lusty Norse fratboys than Ernest Borgnine and Kirk Douglas? They could…
Todo lo salvaje que se podía ser en el Hollywood de 1958 no era suficiente para hacer justicia a los modos y maneras de los vikingos del siglo XI, aunque hay que destacar que, en su errático discurrir, impulsado por los dictados de la naturaleza y del deseo, The Vikings no se casa con casi nadie: los personajes mínimamente decentes caben en una pequeña barca.
Del trabajo de Fleischer, Douglas o Borgnine sólo se pueden decir cosas buenas, pero el que no sé si alcanzó el Valhalla fue Mario Nascimbene, cuyo leitmotiv musical comienza cautivando y acaba hartando por sobreexposición.
Although no Spartacus and filled with too many drawn out scenes, The Vikings is a solidly directed, impressively acted feature with tremendous fight sequences and an utterly epic swordfight at the end between one-eyed Kirk Douglas, the viking and Tony Curtis, the romantic hero of the story.
*Trolley’s Kirk Douglas Pre-103rd Birthday Watchlist #1*
'My beauty stirs her little heart..' (Kirk Douglas as Einar)
Son of the famous animator Max Fleischer, Richard Fleischer gained his first film experience working on newsreels and shorts for RKO in the '40's before gradually working his way up to features where he proved himself to be one of the most consistent, reliable and prolific of the many directors who got their start in that decade. He would go on to shoot almost fifty pictures before calling it a day in 1989, working in all kinds of genres but specialising at one end of the scale in intimate thrillers like The Narrow Margin, Violent Saturday and Compulsion, and large scale costume and…
The Vikings is extraordinary for two completely different reasons. The first is that it is an absolutely stunning production. Between this, Fantastic Voyage, Soylent Green, and Compulsion, I've really come to admire Richard Fleischer as one of those highly diversified journeyman directors like Robert Wise or Jonathan Demme. His visual acuity in The Vikings is so absorbing, from the foggy sea to the firelight drinking den to the sunlit battle at the film's climax. I can't say enough good things about this climax. It's beautifully choreographed, surprising, and features a whole lot of functioning castle action, like drawbridges and shit. But what's even better than the climax is the lead-up to the climax. It's an almost ten minute sequence without…
It’s such a blast to watch these large scale epics from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The practical sets, costumes, effects, and huge battles are amazing to behold. These performances are also excellent as is the direction, and musical score.
Fun, entertaining, and towards the end quite thrilling. For the rest..as pure popcorn as it can be. I mean a clean shaven Kirk Douglas as a Viking? Awesome. but popcorn, real salty movie popcorn.
The story is very simple and fairly predictable, two guys fight over the love of a princess. And then something about England and Vikings, whatever..it's swords, woman, fighting, boats, drinking beer and Kirk Douglas. Oh yeah, he wears an eyepatch....yes, an eyepatch.
Do these guys seem like real Vikings? Not at all. Do they seem like Hollywood actors in fake looking costumes with wooden swords. Yes very much. Then is it still a nice movie to watch? Surprisingly....yes!
I think it's mostly nice because it's so…
An amazing film to watch. Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis were amazing.
In honor of the late Kirk Douglas, instead of watching one of my favorites of his, I decided to watch one of his movies that I hadn’t already seen.
I couldn’t believe how brutal this movie was. First Tony Curtis sends a hawk to take out Douglas’ eye, then later Curtis has his arm chopped off.
I enjoyed it, especially the taking of the castle at the end and the final standoff between Douglas and Curtis. Also, Ernest Borgnine works surprisingly well as a Viking leader.
Entretenidisima película de vikingos
The Vikings was a whole lot of fun, even if the story is very basic and certain elements seem extremely dated now. The joy is in watching Douglas have a blast, loud and bombastically embracing the anti-hero role. Borgnine is equally as boisterous, and pretty much all the scenes involving large numbers of Vikings have something entertaining going on, and actors who seem to be having a blast (even if it does feel like a boys club). Sure the characters don’t always feel particularly complex, and certain moments really don’t land well anymore, particularly in the treatment of Janet Leigh’s character, but it isn’t a mainstay to the story like some other films I’ve seen from the era. Ultimately, a lot of flaws can be overlooked when you see Kirk Douglas joyously springing along a row of oars, storming a castle and standing valiantly at the head of his ship.
An excellent Viking movie.
Taking a leisurely pace on my Kirk Douglas tribute viewing, for whatever reason.
I knew I'd have to revisit this one specifically. I grew up watching this with my dad, so I have an incredible soft spot for it. As it was one of the movies he grew up with, as a kid growing up in a family of Norwegian immigrants in a neighborhood filled with them, and shared with me. Obviously, it's more than that, because he had a childhood affection for The Long Ships for the same reasons, and I've been unable to share it, despite my best efforts.
So, I knew I'd have to pull out my blu-ray soon here. It still works for me.
I enjoyed the hell out of this, Kirk Douglas has an eye scar and one milky eye which makes him look super cool and he and Ernie Borgnine are giving over the top performances as Viking King and his son. I also looked it up and even though Borgnine played his father in this in real life they were actually about the same age.
The production on this blew me away with Viking ships and fantastic location and photography. The ending has the Vikings storming a british castle in a pretty impressive battle sequence.
This movie is a lot of fun and a bit cheesy.