The Vikings

The Vikings

Kirk Douglas
Director: Richard Fleischer Cast: Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
, Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis
, Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
Richard Fleischer


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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 his illegitimate son. This personal battle comes to a head when Douglas and Curtis both lay claim on captured English princess Janet Leigh. The scene everyone remembers in The Vikings finds Borgnine, at the mercy of wicked monarch Frank Thring, defiantly throwing himself into a pit of ravenous wolves. Launched into distribution with one of the splashiest ad campaigns in United Artists' history, The Vikings proved an enormous success; it inspired the 1959 TV series Tales of the Vikings, which utilized the film's props, costumes and scale-model ships. In 1964, The Vikings served as the inagural presentation of ABC's Sunday Night Movie series.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2016
UPC: 0738329203092
Original Release: 1958
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 15,795

Special Features

A tale of Norway: featurette with director Richard Fleischer; Trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Einar
Tony Curtis Eric
Ernest Borgnine King Ragnar
Janet Leigh Princess Morgana
James Donald Lord Egbert
Alexander Knox Father Godwin
Frank Thring King Aella
Maxine Audley Enid
Eileen Way Kitala
Edric Connor Sandpiper
Dandy Nichols Bridget
Almut Berg Pigtails
Per Buchhij Bjorn
Orson Welles Narrator (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Jerry Bresler Producer
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Jean DeBretagne Sound/Sound Designer
Julien Derode Production Manager
Kirk Douglas Producer
Franco Ferrara Musical Direction/Supervision
Harper Goff Production Designer
Mario Nascimbene Score Composer
John O'Gorman Makeup
Andre Smagghe Asst. Director
Neville Smallwood Makeup
Dale Wasserman Screenwriter
Elmo Williams Editor
Calder Willingham Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Vikings
1. Chapter 1 [:07]
2. Chapter 2 [10:23]
3. Chapter 3 [24:33]
4. Chapter 4 [15:04]
5. Chapter 5 [15:21]
6. Chapter 6 [11:05]
7. Chapter 7 [6:41]
8. Chapter 8 [18:57]
9. Chapter 9 [13:46]

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