The Vikings (1958)
Genre: Action | Adventure | History
Country: USA | Director: Richard Fleischer
Language: English | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 116mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv – 1280×720 – 23.976fps – 2.24gb
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.
This movie is guaranteed to set the pulses of any red blooded viewer racing. It pulsates with vibrant action and splendid period atmosphere; Kirk Douglas was born to play the role of Einar and he extracts every bit of menace and finally pathos as a warrior whose love for the wrong woman finally destroyed him. Tony Curtis shows restraint in his role and is free of the too eager to please grinning and mugging which marred his later performances.
The action is the thing here, however, and what action it is; the final attack by the vikings on the English castle is a stupendous spectacle with swords, axes, grappling hooks used aplenty as a horde of expert stuntmen have the time of their lives whilst the truly magnificent score by Mario Nascimbene provides suitable accompaniment to their lusty adventures.
With wonderful scenery, convincing performances and enough testosterone to launch a 100 longships, “THE VIKINGS” is a gloriously sadistic and savage experience that belies its 1958 vintage, disengage your brain and revel in this serio-comic romp which should be in the video collection of any true action fan.
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