#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Einar and Eric are two Viking half-brothers. The former is a great warrior whilst the other is an ex-slave, but neither knows the true identity of the other. When the throne of Northumbria in Britain becomes free for the taking, the two brothers compete against one another for the prize, but they have very different motives – both involving the princess Morgana, however.
Plot: Einar, brutal son of Ragnar and future heir to his throne tangles with Eric, a wily slave, for the hand of a beautiful English maiden.
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A wonderful piece of Hollywood history
Believe it or not the plot of this film has a basis in fact. There was a Viking leader called Ragnar Lothbrok (Leather-breeches) who was put to death in a snake -not wolf- pit by Aelle, king of Northumbria, at York in the year 865. His son ‘Ivar the Boneless’ raised a Viking army, invaded Northumbria and killed Aelle.
The film builds on this to include an illegitimate half-brother and rivalry over a beautiful Welsh princess to create a story of rousing, full-blooded action.
The film has a great atmosphere which is hard to put into words. You can almost sense the harshness of the climate in a way that makes you feel you are there. The climatic fight scene between Douglas and Curtis is a good example of this. Brilliantly staged on the roof of a castle overlooking the sea, you hear the whistling of the wind and crashing of waves against the shore below. The photography emphasises this sense of height and space to create one of the best film fights I have ever seen.
There are glaring errors, of course. The Anglo-Saxons never had castles like the one here, or ships of the type used by Princess Morgana: these both date from 500 years later.
I learned all this when (inspired by the film) I studied the Viking era at University. Between you and me, the film was a great deal more fun!
A Ticket to Valhalla
THE VIKINGS, the most entertaining film of 1958 was also the biggest moneymaker (the film stayed in the top twenty all time moneymakers until 1966. The only explanation I have for why this is rarely shown is this genre is no longer popular and some slightly dated elements of the film (the chorus during a key scene is downright laugHable). Exquisite music and cinematography, solid performances by Kirk Douglas, Ernest Borgnine (wonderfully over the top) and James Donald, and terrific stunt sequences made this a standout film. Director Richard Fleischer (20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA) handles the gore quite discretely. Only one scene shows any real blood flow (as the director once pointed out in an interview). This movie, highly criticized for its violence at the time, is tamer than the average XENA episode. Still, it packs a wallop. Special mention must be made of Kirk Douglas stunt, in which he gracefully tip toes from oar to oar as a long ship returns from a raid. The music is as memorable, unique and beautiful as any from the Sergio Leone westerns.
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A bit of interesting trivia. DELL Comics used to publish comic books of some movies just being released. According to the DELL Comic, Eric (Tony Curtis) was supposed to be “Eric the Red,” and the film was supposed to end with scenes or narration (by Orson Welles) of Eric’s travels. Instead, the film ends with a wonderfully touching Viking funeral. The images still linger in my mind. Beautiful! A technical note: the film was shot in Technarama, a wide screen process which uses two frames of film to produce the image. It is the widescreen version of Vistavision, which produces such a beautiful, crisp image, it is still used for optical effects on films such as STAR WARS EPISODE ONE.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 56 min (116 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Action, Adventure, History
Director Richard Fleischer
Writer Calder Willingham (screenplay), Dale Wasserman (adaptation), Edison Marshall (novel)
Actors Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh
Awards 2 wins & 2 nominations.
Production Company United Artists
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Laboratory Technicolor (color by) (as Technicolor®)
Film Length 3,135 m
Negative Format 35 mm (horizontal)
Cinematographic Process Technirama (as Technirama®)
Printed Film Format 35 mm