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The Vikings (1958) was a Action - Adventure Film directed by Richard Fleischer and produced by Jerry Bresler.

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The Vikings (1958)

By Beatrice on Sep 7, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The Vikings Directed by Richard Fleischer Written by Calder Willingham; adapted by Dale Wasserman from a novel by Edison Marshall 1958/USA Bavaria Film/Byrnapod S.A./CurtLeigh Productions First viewing/Netflix rental First you have to get past the casting of Ernest Borgnine, Kirk Douglas and Tony... Read full article


By Dan Day Jr. on Mar 22, 2016 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

I was very excited when I first heard that Kino was going to release THE VIKINGS (1958) on Blu-ray through their Studio Classics line. I hadn't seen THE VIKINGS in a while--for some reason this movie is rarely shown on television--and seeing it in HD widescreen was a treat. THE VIKINGS is pure rip-... Read full article

Valda Valkyrien: The Last of the Vikings

By Janelle Vreeland on May 10, 2013 From Curtains

Although she wasn’t born with it, during the height of her fame, the woman once dubbed the most beautiful woman in Denmark was known by just one name: Valkyrien. Her beauty and nobility made her desirable to film companies across the world, but her star fell faster and sooner than many of her ... Read full article

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Ragnar: [to Einar] You see, the English are civilized.

Einar: [about Eric] The sun will cross the sky a thousand times before he dies, and you'll wish a thousand times that you were dead.

Aella: Hold out the hand that has defied me.

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Some of the names used in the movie, such as Einar and Ivar, have been common names in Norway for hundreds of years, and still are.
Stuntmen had practiced for weeks for the oar walking scenes. Kirk Douglas told director Richard Fleischer that he could do it and did several times. At one point when he did fall in the icy water he calmly swam over to the camera boat and asked if they had gotten good shots. He then swam back to the Viking longboat. Fleischer noted they were watching and filming an activity that had not been done in a thousand years.
The three Viking ships in the film were designed using blueprints for an actual Viking ship salvaged from the water and restored by a Viking museum in Norway. It turned out that the boats built for the film were too accurate, because the modern actors were taller than their historical counterparts. Every other oar hole had to be plugged so the modern men would have room to row with a full oar stroke. Otherwise, they would hit the backs of the oarsmen seated in front of them when pushing the oar handles forward to start each new stroke.
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