The Vikings
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Inspired by the novel The Viking by Edison Marshall, The Vikings was lensed on location in Norway under extremely adverse weather conditions. Adding to the difficulty was the fact that star Kirk Douglas and director Richard Fleischer never quite found a common ground, and for years thereafter would hold each other responsible for the film's falling short of its potential. Still, the finished product is quite a feast for the eyes and ears. Douglas, the son of Viking leader Ernest Borgnine, carries on a film-length feud with slave Tony Curtis, who, though he does not realize it, is actually… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Vikings is spectacular, rousing and colorful."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The real stars are the production people"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Pretty good actioner with star power."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It is the best advertisement for beer-drinking since the breweries put wrestling on TV."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Directed with brawn over brain by Richard Fleischer."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Highly entertaining and slightly camp historical adventure full of great stunts, larger-than-life characters and splendidly OTT dialogue."
‑ , Film4
"Plenty of pillaging, axe-throwing, hearty quaffing of ale, storming of castles, heroic jumping into wolf pits, and manly talk about the glories of entering Valhalla with sword in hand."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Fighting he-men and their war ships"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"As the massive battle scenes and convoluted political machinations paraded across the screen, I thought, "This was the Braveheart of the 1950s!" and I was right."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
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