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The Island at the Top of the World (1974)

In 1907, four explorers discover a lost colony of Vikings in the Arctic.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

John Whedon (screenplay), Donald G. Payne (novel) (as Ian Cameron)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hartman ... Prof. Ivarsson
Donald Sinden ... Sir Anthony Ross
Jacques Marin ... Captain Brieux
Mako ... Oomiak
David Gwillim ... Donald Ross
Agneta Eckemyr ... Freyja
Gunnar Öhlund Gunnar Öhlund ... The Godi (as Gunnar Ohlund)
Lasse Kolstad Lasse Kolstad ... Erik
Erik Silju Erik Silju ... Torvald
Rolf Søder Rolf Søder ... The Lawspeaker
Torsten Wahlund ... Sven
Sverre Anker Ousdal ... Gunnar (as Sverre Ousdal)
Niels Hinrichsen Niels Hinrichsen ... Sigurd
Denny Miller ... Town Guard
Brendan Dillon ... The Factor
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Storyline

An Edwardian gentleman hopes to find his long-lost son, who vanished whilst searching for a mysterious Viking community in a volcanic valley somewhere in uncharted Arctic regions. The gentleman puts together an expedition team to go on the search, but when they reach their destination they must escape from some Viking descendants who will kill to keep their existence a secret. Written by Jonathon Dabell <barnabyrudge@hotmail.com>

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Adventure beyond imagination


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Release Date:

20 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Island at the Top of the World See more »

Filming Locations:

Norway See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was released in cinemas on a double bill supported by the twenty-five minute animated Disney short Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974). See more »

Goofs

The actors playing Vikings speak a mix of modern Scandinavian languages. Modern Icelandic would have been closer to the authentic tongue. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Ivarsson: [They have discovered a frozen bay filled with the carcasses of many dead whales] Where the whales go to die. All those great creatures from every sea, lying there, from the beginning of time.
Sir Anthony Ross: Just look at all that whalebone! Worth millions of pounds! And heavens knows what the ambergris would fetch.
Donald Ross: All that doesn't matter now, does it, father?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1907 See more »

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Featured in L'ami public numéro un: Pinocchio (1975) See more »

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A good family adventure...
3 February 2005 | by umlaut-3See all my reviews

As with several other reviewers, I also have fond memories of the theatrical release of this film from my youth, and this fantastic Jules Vernesque tale of a airship journey into the unknown arctic still holds up pretty well after all this time. There is some decent acting, a great score, a zeppelin,vikings in real viking longboats, real Scandinavian dialog, exploding volcanoes and vicious killer whales, what more do you want?

Some things are dated, such as the Eskimo vs. Inuit thing, the portrayal of Orca as man-eaters, etc. and the special effects have seen better days..but there are some surprisingly good sets with amazing matte paintings that are as good as anything you see on modern films (note the amazing viking hall on a hill top), great aerial footage, and a pretty decent story with good pace.

Break out the popcorn and enjoy it with your kids.


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