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The Vikings Details

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Inspired by the novel [[Feature~V115602~The Viking~theviking]] 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 [[Feature~V33541~Sunday Night Movie~moviemovie]] series. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 28, 1958

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Directors Guild of America Richard Fleischer Best Director 1958 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Richard Fleischer
Director
Kirk Douglas
Producer
Jerry Bresler
Producer
Calder Willingham
Screenwriter
Edison Marshall
Book Author
Dale Wasserman
Screenwriter
Jack Cardiff
Cinematographer
Mario Nascimbene
Composer (Music Score)
Franco Ferrara
Musical Direction/Supervision
Elmo Williams
Editor
Harper Goff
Production Designer
Andre Smagghe
First Assistant Director
Julien Derode
Production Manager
John O'Gorman
Makeup
Neville Smallwood
Makeup
Lucie Lichtig
Continuity
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