Watch: The 13th Warrior 1999 123movies, Full Movie Online – A cultured diplomat joins a band of savage warriors in time to meet an even more fearsome enemy in this historical adventure. In 922 A.D., Ibn Fadlan (Antonio Banderas) is a Muslim emissary from Baghdad en route to meet with the King of Saqaliba when he is captured by a gang of Vikings. While Ibn and his people are intelligent and well-mannered, the Vikings are a rowdy and sometimes unpleasant lot, with an unquenchable appetite for food, alcohol, and women. However, in time he develops an understanding and respect for the Viking warriors and is welcomed into their society by their leader, Buliwyf. However, Ibn must now join them as they return to their homeland once they receive word of an invasion by a huge pack of bloodthirsty invaders who will destroy and eat anything in their path — including the flesh of the men they have killed..
Plot: A Muslim ambassador exiled from his homeland, Ahmad ibn Fadlan finds himself in the company of Vikings. While the behavior of the Norsemen initially offends ibn Fadlan, the more cultured outsider grows to respect the tough, if uncouth, warriors. During their travels together, ibn Fadlan and the Vikings get word of an evil presence closing in, and they must fight the frightening and formidable force, which was previously thought to exist only in legend.
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**_Good Viking Adventure — Could’ve Been Great_**
The story of “The 13th Warrior” (1999) comes from Michael Crichton’s novel “The Eaters of the Dead” which combines the legend of Beowulf with a historical account of an Arab diplomat who meets and dwells with the Vikings after being banished from his homeland due to an adulterous liaison.
Antonio Banderas stars as the Arab while the hulking Vladimir Kulich heads the Viking cast in the Beowulf role of Buliwyf (pronounced in the film BULL-vie). Speaking of Kulich, he would’ve made for an excellent Mighty Thor back in the day!
The plot of the film is great: Once Banderas meets up with the Vikings, they run afoul of a mysterious brutal tribe from the deep woods. Banderas is selected as the lone non-Viking to assist the 12 Norsemen in ridding the communities of the threat, hence “the 13th warrior.” The cast, characters, story, locations (Campbell River, Vancouver Island), sets, costumes, score (Jerry Goldsmith), and cinematography are all of the highest order.
At a little over an hour and a half the film moves along briskly with a lot of action. Make no mistake, “The 13th Warrior” is a Class A film, but some story elements seem to be underdeveloped. This is probably due to the conflict Michael Crichton had with director John McTiernan. Crichton insisted on reshoots and cut at least 30 minutes of McTiernan’s work, reportedly important character-developing scenes.
We see this in the very prologue of the film: The story of Banderas’ banishment from his homeland due to his indiscretions is literally relayed in a matter of a couple minutes. And at the 8 minute mark we are introduced to the Vikings with very little mystery and zero suspense build-up. The contrast of the sophisticated Arab culture with the coarse, rugged Norsemen is great, but I would have enjoyed seeing these characters fleshed-out a bit more. After all, the more we know the individuals, the more we care about what ultimately happens to them.
Which brings us to the final 30 minutes of the film involving Banderas and the Vikings infiltrating the malevolent tribe’s stronghold and a final attack on a Viking village. The visuals of these scenes are awe-inspiring but they fly by so quickly that the viewer is left disoriented and strangely uninvolved, not to mention unmoved by the story’s outcome.
All this reveals that “The 13th Warrior” COULD have been an outstanding 140-minute Viking epic, along the lines of “Troy” (2004); instead we are left with a brisk, action-oriented, near-throwaway Viking popcorn flick. I would love to see a Director’s Cut some day but Vladimir Kulich opines that it will unfortunately never happen.
Nonetheless, I appreciate the film as is. It’s a good Viking adventure flick that’s professionally done, despite the post-production problems. It’s one of those films that gets better with each viewing, probably because everything flies by so quickly on initial plays.
Despite it’s flaws, “The 13th Warrior” isn’t too far from rivaling Kirk Douglas’ brilliant 1958 “The Vikings” as one of the greatest Viking films ever made. A Director’s Cut could possibly even topple “The Vikings” from its lofty, coveted perch.
The film was shot in British Columbia: Campbell River on Vancouver Island, Williams Lake and Pemberton, British Columbia.
**Overall: Ignore the reviews. The 13th Warrior is the best Viking epic of all time!**
The greatest historical Viking battle epic you never heard of. Just like Jurassic Park and Westworld, The 13th Warrior is based on a Michael Crichton book and boasts an incredible action director, John McTiernan (Die Hard, Predator), Antonio Banderas as the leading man at the top of his career, excellent practical effects and beautiful sets and costumes. Yet, critics obliterated the film, and it failed at the box office, becoming one of the biggest box office flops of all time. I have no idea how this happened or why the reviews are so bad because this is an EXCELLENT movie. The battle scenes in The 13th Warrior are in league with other action epics like Braveheart, The Last Samurai, or Kingdom of Heaven. The story is similar to 300, where a small band of warriors face impossible odds and mixes a little horror with fantastic action and great character development. I’m not sure how The 13th Warrior ended up in the garbage can, but it belongs on the top shelf with the best action epics.
After a troubled production that saw the budget balloon to nearly $160 million and writer Michael Crichton step in and take over directing duties from John McTiernan (‘Predator’, ‘Die Hard’) on a series of re-shoots, ‘The 13th Warrior’ (Based on Crichton’s novel “Eaters Of The Dead”, well worth reading on its own), opened to scathing reviews and weak box office. According to Wikipedia, it’s the biggest box office bomb in history. Quite a pedigree, eh? But here’s the thing. It’s a really good movie.
Featuring a classic stranger in a strange land formula and moving without any wasted motion–without sacrificing story or character, ‘The 13th Warrior’ is a rousing, old fashioned adventure tale. Antonio Banderas leads a cast of mostly unknowns, but everyone really makes the most out of their characters; particularly the 13 warriors themselves. Accompanied by a stirring score from the great Jerry Goldsmith, The 13th Warrior sits atop my list of the most underrated films of certainly the last few decades, if not all-time. Forget the naysayers, if you like the action/adventure genre, I think You’ll like this one.
Good enough for what it is, fascinating for what it could have been.
This is an extremely well crafted film, but a poorly edited one. Much like The Ghost and the Darkness it has such a winning historical concept that it is easy to forgive a little narrative incoherency from time to time. This film is a bit muddled when it comes to plot and characterization but hits all the right notes in terms of creating an adventurous spirit and thrilling action sequences. Jerry Goldsmith’s score is a real high point, as is the cinematography. This is an absolutely wonderful film to get all caught up in on a lonely night because it makes you feel as if you are on the journey with Banderas’ character. It is an action thriller that is actually…thrilling. In particular the scene with the “fire dragon” is one of the more memorable battle sequences I have seen in any movie, and I really mean that. The only negative aspects of the film are the feeling that a lot of scenes were left on the editing room floor, which is true, and if there was ever a film that really deserved a director’s cut this is certainly one of them so long as Jerry Goldsmith’s music (the soul of the picture) remains in. (Greame Revell composed a score for the unreleased longer version, which I have heard and in no way compares to Goldsmith’s thunderous adventure music). The lavish costumes, set designs, memorable characters, and brilliant camera work somehow allow this film to overcome its editorial handicaps. All being said, this is a film well worth watching.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 42 min (102 min)
Genre Action, Adventure, History
Director John McTiernan, Michael Crichton
Writer Michael Crichton, William Wisher, Warren Lewis
Actors Antonio Banderas, Diane Venora, Dennis Storhøi
Country United States
Awards 2 wins & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Lightweight, Panavision C-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Panavision Primo and C-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo and C-Series Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm