The War Lord
The War Lord (1965)

In this painstakingly-accurate historical drama, Morman knight Charlton Heston 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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 17, 1965
DVD Release Date: August 14, 2000
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

Runs on and on and on, but proves nothing whatever about the survival of the fittest.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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The sure-handed direction of Schaffner and the credible performances of Heston et al are well complemented by Morross's driving, Stravinsky-like score.

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Heston is more convincing in his battle scenes than in romancing Rosemary Forsyth, but nevertheless delivers a hard-hitting performance.

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TV Guide

An intelligent historical drama, exciting and atmospheric while never losing sight of the human passions that are its driving force.

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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.

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Steve Crum

Lumbering sword and shield tale with Heston.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Barry Lappin
Charrlton Heston was and always will be an acting god. This film showed off more than one facet of his unholy acting talent and I loved it...