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When the Raven Flies (1984)

Hrafninn flýgur (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | 25 April 1985 (USA)
An Irish man seeks vengeance against the vikings who killed his parents.

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Hrafn Gunnlaugsson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jakob Þór Einarsson ... Gest
Edda Björgvinsdóttir ... Gest's Sister
Helgi Skúlason ... Thord
Gotti Sigurdarson ... Einar (as Gottskálk D. Sigurdarson)
Flosi Ólafsson ... Erik
Egill Ólafsson ... Thord's Brother
Sveinn M. Eiðsson ... Guard
Gunnar Jónsson ... Erik's Retainer
Þráinn Karlsson ... Olaf the Childlover
Anna S. Karlsdóttir Anna S. Karlsdóttir ... (as Anna Karlsdóttir)
Abba M. Jóhannsdóttir Abba M. Jóhannsdóttir
Anna Reynisdóttir Anna Reynisdóttir
Arnaldur Friðgeirsson Arnaldur Friðgeirsson
Ármann Ingason Ármann Ingason
Birgir Guðjónsson Birgir Guðjónsson
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Storyline

Ireland: Vikings pillage the land, seeking silver and slaves, slaying men and women in the process. A young boy is spared when a Viking takes pity on him instead of killing him. Iceland 20 years later: The boy returns to take his revenge on the killers, the Norwegian foster brothers; Thord and Eirik, by cunning and hidden weapons. Written by Stle A. Olsen <sao@idt.unit.no>

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Taglines:

To him the vengeance was all that mattered - to her forgiveness (Swedish theatrical tagline)

Genres:

Action | Drama

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Country:

Iceland | Sweden

Language:

Icelandic

Release Date:

25 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When the Raven Flies See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)
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The line "thungur hnifur" (heavy knifer) became a popular buzzword in Sweden during the 80's after the film's premiere. See more »

Quotes

Olaf the Childlover: What are we supposed to do with this one?
Thord: He is young. The journey would kill him.
Björn: Kill him. He is old enough to have seen to much.
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References Yojimbo (1961) See more »

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Written by Sigvaldi Kaldalóns
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Stark, brutal and gloomy tale of unrelenting vengeance.
19 November 2004 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

"When the Raven Flies" death is coming....in this stark, brutal and gloomy tale of unrelenting vengeance. A Celtic Christian boy's family in Ireland is wiped out in a Viking raid, with his older sister carried off into sexual bondage. When he becomes a man, he tracks down the band of exiles all the way to Iceland where they await the death of their enemy, King Harald of Norway. One by one he patiently stalks each member of the band and cunningly turns their barbaric superstitions and brutish natures against them. The authenticity of the Icelandic setting and the grubbiness of the actors lend veracity to this depiction of this dark period in Scandinavian history in which the blood feuds lasted for generations. This film has a strangely compelling beauty threaded through its dominant theme of violence begetting violence in a self-perpetuating cycle.


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