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      The War Lord

      1965 2h 3m Adventure List
      67% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 61% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Chrysagon (Charlton Heston), a powerful knight, is sent to defend a coastal village. He falls in love with Bronwyn (Rosemary Forsyth), who has been promised to Marc (James Farentino). Chrysagon is filled with regret until he learns of a tradition that would allow him to take Bronwyn on the eve of her wedding. When she fails to return the next morning, Chrysagon is accused of holding her hostage. As Marc prepares for war, Chrysagon must also contend with his jealous brother (Guy Stockwell). Read More Read Less

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      TIME Magazine Runs on and on and on, but proves nothing whatever about the survival of the fittest. Apr 23, 2011 Full Review Variety Heston is more convincing in his battle scenes than in romancing Rosemary Forsyth, but nevertheless delivers a hard-hitting performance. Jul 3, 2008 Full Review Time Out The rituals of pagan mythology are well observed - cabalistic idols, sacrifices - as is Heston's disintegration in the face of a mental force that he can't understand. Jan 26, 2006 Full Review TV Guide An intelligent historical drama, exciting and atmospheric while never losing sight of the human passions that are its driving force. Rated: 3/4 Apr 23, 2011 Full Review Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com Lumbering sword and shield tale with Heston. Rated: 2/5 Apr 20, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Richard P There is a care for adding small details and original touches that set this rather singular feature from other movies set in medieval Europe. Charlton Heston is solid as Chrysagon the knight sent to help holding a small castle in Normandy and its fiefdom against an invasion by Frisians (whose behavior and military methods might remind the Vikings, but with perhaps more sophistication as seen with catapults, ramming machines and siege towers. But to the center of all this action comes a delicate complication: Chrysagon falls in love with Bronwyn, an absolutely, stunningly gorgeous lady, the adopted daughter (a Frisian?) of a local Normand man -almost ridiculously so considering medieval peasants had no access to dermatologists and dentists. In any case, Bronwyn is betrothed to ordinary Marc, whose rank makes him rather inferior to Charlton Heston. To add an insult to the humiliation, Heston finds out about the mythical "droit de cuissage", or 'lus primary noctis', in which many still believed in the early 60s, and is basically a feudal right for a nobleman to spend the wedding night with a newly married virgin bride and entertain himself with her until dawn. Such a right never existed except in the mind of devious men, but belief in that pseudo-right persists until this very present and is another of those bits of deeply rooted misinformation that has never been completely extirpated. So Chrysagon who had nevertheless prevailed himself of that right whose existence those around him had persuaded themselves (and Charlton!) falls for the bride, with the latter's full approval as she has fallen for the knight.. There are several complex depictions of assaults featuring tactics and engines in use at the time, except for catapults, which were not in use in the period and place shown. The elaborate battle scenes were unusual in movies from that period, i.e. from the late golden Hollywood era, which rarely went very far in trying to be faithful and to rely on historical accounts, preferring to exhibit the image Hollywood projected of medieval times. An excellent movie overall. My only reservations are about the lack of inner dramatic tension. Most actors do a very decent job, especially Heston - has he ever given a poor performance? - but the storyline lacks some consistent thread to sustain the viewer's interest, outside of the battle scenes and the romance between the protagonists. A rare original movie set in the medieval era (XIth century Normancy) with more realism than anything produced in Hollywood so far.. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Peter H I loved this movie. Given the time when it was made, it is very realistic. Heston was convincing and Richard Boone rocked as the loyal but tough companion in arms. you can watch on youtube. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/24/22 Full Review Audience Member Beautifully directed and filmed, wonderful score, well acted, well written, strange love story serves as the backdrop to the real story of tension between two brothers. Guy Stockwell is a standout. Why did we not see him in more quality roles? His scenes with Maurice Evans are worth replaying. The quality of this new Blu-ray is superb. Heston's best scenes are when he's the vulnerable warlord pining away for Forsythe. Fosythe and Farentino are fine, but lack the gravitas of the rest of the cast. One battle scene too many as they take over the third quarter of the film, and some early cheesy matte shots mar this movie. Also, why did they Have Paul Frees dub Michael Conrad and other's voices. The Warlord is an under appreciated gem. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review darth darth b A rousing, miniature Iliad, challenging the righteousness between duty, faith, and heart. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Very good and accurate depiction of Medieval times. Heston gives just slightly better than his usual one note performance. And the synopsis here says 'Mormon' knight when it should say 'Norman Knight'. I will leave that alone! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member A solid and sprawling film set in the pre-Columbus days. Very well made and expertly directed by Schaffner, but it's pace sometimes has a problem catching up with the material. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Chrysagon (Charlton Heston), a powerful knight, is sent to defend a coastal village. He falls in love with Bronwyn (Rosemary Forsyth), who has been promised to Marc (James Farentino). Chrysagon is filled with regret until he learns of a tradition that would allow him to take Bronwyn on the eve of her wedding. When she fails to return the next morning, Chrysagon is accused of holding her hostage. As Marc prepares for war, Chrysagon must also contend with his jealous brother (Guy Stockwell).
      Director
      Franklin J. Schaffner
      Screenwriter
      John Collier, Millard Kaufman
      Genre
      Adventure
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      2h 3m