United Artists at 90 Short Film Competition
Directed by Richard Fleischer
Monday 31 March 2008
The Vikings (1958) Einar and Eric are two Viking half-brothers. The former is a great warrior whilst the other is an ex-slave, but neither knows the true identity of the other. When the throne of Northumbria in Britain becomes free for the taking, the two brothers compete against one another for the prize, but they have very different motives - both involving the princess Morgana, however.
Edison Marshall (novel)
Dale Wasserman (adaptation)
Kirk Douglas... Einar
Tony Curtis... Eric
Ernest Borgnine... Ragnar
Janet Leigh... Morgana
James Donald... Egbert
Alexander Knox... Father Godwin
Maxine Audley... Enid
Frank Thring... Aella
Eileen Way... Kitala
Edric Connor... Sandpiper
Dandy Nichols... Bridget
Per Buckhøj... Bjorn
- 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.
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