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The War Lord (1965)

Approved | | Drama, History | 17 November 1965 (USA)
In 11th century Normandy, a Norman duke sends one of his knights to build a defensive fortress in order to guard the borders against Frisian raiders.

Director:

Franklin J. Schaffner (as Franklin Schaffner)

Writers:

John Collier (screenplay), Millard Kaufman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Chrysagon
Richard Boone ... Bors
Rosemary Forsyth ... Bronwyn
Maurice Evans ... Priest
Guy Stockwell ... Draco
Niall MacGinnis ... Odins
James Farentino ... Marc
Henry Wilcoxon ... Frisian Prince
Sammy Ross Sammy Ross ... Volc
Woodrow Parfrey ... Piet
John Alderson John Alderson ... Holbracht
Allen Jaffe ... Tybald
Michael Conrad ... Rainault
Dal Jenkins Dal Jenkins ... Dirck
Johnny Jensen ... Boy Prince
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Storyline

A knight in the service of a duke goes to a coastal villiage where an earlier attempt to build a defensive castle has failed. He begins to rebuild the duke's authority in the face of the barbarians at the border and is making progress until he falls in love with one of the local women. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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He Battled Two Empires For The Love Of One Woman. See more »

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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The War Lord See more »

Filming Locations:

Universal City, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During filming, Charlton Heston realized he agreed with Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign. This was despite the fact that Heston had been a Democrat until that point, and had publicly endorsed Lyndon Baines Johnson for reelection. See more »

Goofs

When Draco returns with reinforcements, he deploys a catapult to take down the siege tower, but it would not be transported on the march like modern artillery. It would be packed as a kit with preformed metal parts, nails, ropes, etc. and then built on site with locally harvested lumber, which means it would not be ready for action right away. See more »

Quotes

Chrysagon: Why?
Draco: While I ate the bread you earned in the wars, and rode the horse you gave me. And lived in the shadow of your sickening righteousness, because the Duke smiled on you. Well, he's not smiling now!
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Referenced in Biography: Charlton Heston: For All Seasons (1995) See more »

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Definitely an under-rated flick !
12 July 2009 | by loosid_dreamersSee all my reviews

I was a little kid seeing this in the theatres for the first time and I remember that before the credits ran Heston and Forsyth did a little introductory summary about the middle ages speaking directly to the audience. I can't remember exactly, but I think they also addressed the issue of the violence in the movie - which by today's standards is pretty mellow. It seems to me they talked about it as adding credibility to the film in terms of historical content. When does that happen anymore? I don't know if it's included in the DVD but it would be cool. I also think Franklin Shaffner was a wonderful director. No slop. No unnecessary scenes. And as good as Heston is, the performance that blew me away was given by Guy Stockwell. Oh my god. How was his brother Dean more visible in the industry? I don't know. And of course Richard Boone was terrific - especially in his last tender scene comforting Heston - the son he never had. I usually hesitate watching movies that I saw as a child because I don't want to lose the special feeling they gave me as a child, but this one certainly retains the romanticism and excitement found in a few other movies such as Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Samson and Delilah, and Demetrius and the Gladiators. Definitely an "A".


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