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The Vikings

Released Jun 28, 1958 1h 54m Adventure Action List
77% Tomatometer 22 Reviews 72% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings
Viking Prince Einar (Kirk Douglas) doesn't know it, but his most fearsome enemy, the slave Eric (Tony Curtis), is actually his half brother. Their feud only intensifies when Einar kidnaps Princess Morgana (Janet Leigh), the intended bride of the brutal King Aella (Frank Thring). Einar intends to make the beautiful girl his own. Unfortunately for him, Morgana has eyes only for Eric -- leading to much bloodshed and the capture of their father, King Ragnar (Ernest Borgnine). Read More Read Less

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Despite moments of excess, The Vikings has enough balance in its larger-than-life action sequences and characters to entertain.

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Alex von Tunzelmann Guardian Though it avoids many of the obvious pitfalls of Viking lore, The Vikings suffers from being both sillier and less outlandish than the real thing. Rated: C+ Mar 17, 2020 Full Review Ian Nathan Empire Magazine Proper Hollywood overblown Viking adventure with not a shred of authentic detail but lots of glam and ham. Rated: 3/5 Mar 17, 2020 Full Review Variety Staff Variety The Vikings is spectacular, rousing and colorful. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand [C]inematographer Jack Cardiff turns his Norway locations into a lush Valhalla on Earth and journeyman director Richard Fleischer, faced with an absurd story, goes for the gusto in brawling Viking parties, furious sieges, and clanging broadsword battles. Apr 6, 2024 Full Review Tony Sloman Radio Times [T]remendously exciting, if gory, adventure epic... Rated: 5/5 Mar 17, 2020 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine The film, gory and raucous, is a worthy specimen of its kind, and camera-ace Jack Cardiff's color photography deserves an Oscar nomination. Oct 31, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Jelisije J A very old school Vikings movie about the great northman and all their stereotypical troupes of their culture being played out in this enjoyable historical drama. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/19/24 Full Review Jolige D Great nostalgia. They made movies with love and care in those days, and that is something rarely seen nowadays. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/13/24 Full Review Shirley J My favourite of all time and I want the theme music at my funeral Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/11/23 Full Review Zusu B A lot of fluff but the real detraction is the over the top hysterics of J. Leigh and the arrogance (hamery) of T. Curtis. Not alot of visuals either. Pity. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Robert W a most excellent entertaining movie !!! ... not a historical documentary but , it's a wholeheartedly fun movie to watch with beautiful scenery and talented actors delivering a stirring performance that is , like I said, most entertaining !!! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 10/08/22 Full Review delysid d a dumb old hollywood snore-fest Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/19/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Viking Prince Einar (Kirk Douglas) doesn't know it, but his most fearsome enemy, the slave Eric (Tony Curtis), is actually his half brother. Their feud only intensifies when Einar kidnaps Princess Morgana (Janet Leigh), the intended bride of the brutal King Aella (Frank Thring). Einar intends to make the beautiful girl his own. Unfortunately for him, Morgana has eyes only for Eric -- leading to much bloodshed and the capture of their father, King Ragnar (Ernest Borgnine).
Director
Richard Fleischer
Producer
Jerry Bresler
Screenwriter
Calder Willingham
Distributor
United Artists
Production Co
United Artists
Genre
Adventure, Action
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jun 28, 1958, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 5, 2016
Runtime
1h 54m
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