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The Viking Sagas (1995)

The film chronicles a long-ago time when men relied not on their intellect to make points, but on their swords. A mythical warrior ('Ralf Moeller (I)') wanders the snow-capped landscapes of... See full summary »

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Michael Chapman

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Michael Chapman (story), Dale Herd (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralf Moeller ... Kjartan
Ingibjörg Stefánsdóttir Ingibjörg Stefánsdóttir ... Gudrun
Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Gunnar
Þórir Waagfjörð Þórir Waagfjörð ... Bolli
Hinrik Ólafsson Hinrik Ólafsson ... Ketil (as Hinrik Ólafson)
Raimund Harmstorf ... Valgard
Magnús Jónsson ... Eirik
Magnús Ólafsson Magnús Ólafsson ... Bjorn
David Kristjánsson David Kristjánsson ... Ketil's Lieutenant
Rúrik Haraldsson Rúrik Haraldsson ... Magnus
Bryndís Pétursdóttir Bryndís Pétursdóttir ... Helga
Valgerdur Rúnarsdóttir Valgerdur Rúnarsdóttir ... Loyal Servant
Jóhanna Jónas Jóhanna Jónas ... Kristin
Egill Ólafsson ... Hrut
Þorsteinn Bachmann ... Drunken Viking
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The film chronicles a long-ago time when men relied not on their intellect to make points, but on their swords. A mythical warrior ('Ralf Moeller (I)') wanders the snow-capped landscapes of the North territories on an arduous quest for vengeance. Amid nobles and schemers, saints and brutes, and lovers and fools, this Viking swings his sword for his family's honor, his beloved's hand, and the very survival of his pitiless culture. Written by rottentomatoes.com

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For the love of his woman. For the honor of his family. For the survival of his people.

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Action | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal and bloody Viking combat, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Icelandic Sagas See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Gunnar: Do you know what will cause your own death?
Magnus: Yes, something that no one would expect from a lawgiver... I will lie.
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Low-budget, but worthwhile for the Icelandic photography, music, costumes, sets & fights
18 November 2015 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 1995, "The Viking Sagas" stars Ralf Moeller as Kjartan, a Viking in Iceland who romances a blond beauty (Ingibjörg Stefánsdóttir) and trains to fight with the greatest warrior on the island, Gunnar (Sven-Ole Thorsen), for the purpose of vengeance, honor and freedom.

The first time I saw "The Viking Sagas" I had just viewed the first season of the excellent TV series "Vikings" and was almost shocked by the lameness of certain aspects, like some of the acting by body-builder Moeller and the weak story-telling, etc. At the beginning of the film Kjartan is supposed to be some inexperienced farm boy when it's clear that he's at least 35, not to mention a totally hulking badaxx (he's over 6'5"). There's a scene where he takes on a swordsman and is swiftly beaten, but it's not convincing in light of Kjartan's utterly intimidating presence. Even if he didn't know how to use a sword, it's clear that he could've rushed the guy and torn him in half with his bare hands.

Seeing it again, I was braced for these deficiencies and was able to enjoy the movie to some degree, at least more so than my first viewing. The plot's fine, it's just that the way the story is told fails to absorb, although there are several compelling parts. Stefánsdóttir gets semi-nekkid during a couple of tasteful love scenes. Some guys find her thoroughly ravishing and she's certainly good-looking; she's just too tall & slinky for my tastes. Some of the fight scenes are quite brutal, but others are kinda unconvincing. So the whole film's a mix of good and bad. Nevertheless, the Icelandic photography and the score are great and it's nice to see Sven-Ole Thorsen (he played Thorgrim in 1982's "Conan the Barbarian"). If you can overlook (or embrace) the film's weaknesses, it DOES take you back to Viking-era Iceland and effectively provides a glimpse of what it must've been like, e.g. the apparel and living conditions. I suppose it's a semi-guilty pleasure, but be forewarned: You'll likely be turned off the first time you see it.

The film runs 83 minutes and was shot entirely in Iceland.

GRADE: C (4.5/10 stars)


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