The Warlord
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The painstakingly accurate historical drama The War Lord is predicated on the old practice of le droit du seigneur. Norman knight Charlton Heston, in charge of an 11th century Druid community, exercises his right to claim bride Rosemary Forsyth on the night of her wedding to James Farentino. Forsyth becomes enamored of her abductor, refusing to leave his side. Seeking vengeance, Farentino, the son of Druidic leader Niall McGinniss, foments an all-out war between Heston and Heston's covetous brother Guy Stockwell. Despite the impressive scope of the battle scenes, The War Lord, based on a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Runs on and on and on, but proves nothing whatever about the survival of the fittest."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"There is plenty of bow-and-arrow shooting and throwing spears and pouring boiling oil and battering-ramming the great oak doorway and assaulting the fortress with a scaling-tower."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The sure-handed direction of Schaffner and the credible performances of Heston et al are well complemented by Morross's driving, Stravinsky-like score."
‑ , Film4
"Heston is more convincing in his battle scenes than in romancing Rosemary Forsyth, but nevertheless delivers a hard-hitting performance."
‑ , Variety
"An intelligent historical drama, exciting and atmospheric while never losing sight of the human passions that are its driving force."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"Lumbering sword and shield tale with Heston."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
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