The Vikings

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Action, Adventure
Director(s): Richard Fleischer
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

to think we're barbarians?

This is Einar,

my only son in wedlock.

He's so vain of his beauty...

he won't let

a man's beard hide it.

He scrapes his face

like an Englishman.

Hail, Ragnar.

And hail Ragnar's beard!

I want you to teach

Lord Egbert our customs.

I'll teach him.


I live by brains, not brawn.

Yes, my lord.

Then fetch him a horse!


-Why not?


Gently, gently.

I know. Brains, not brawn.

He's got to draw us maps

of the English coast!

What man ever had a finer son?

Odin could have sired him.

But I did.


Don't be frightened.

She's forbidden

to hunt Englishmen.

Too much for her to swallow.

We have the same sport

in England.

With hawks like this?



You call that a hawk?

I think we have hawks

to equal that one.


Bring up Long Claw.

Look, nowthere's

a hunting bird.

You again.

Whose bird is that?

It's mine.

A slave with a hunting hawk?

I found her frozen to a tree.

Where'd you steal it?

Sandpiper was with me

when I found her.

The perfect witness...

deaf and dumb.

Perhaps you'd like

your own tongue cut out.

Then you'll tell no more lies.

I'm not a liar.

Is this the way

slaves talk to Vikings?

Tell the English lord

that you're a liar.


Kill him!


Don't kill him.


Bring in the slave.

Look how he glares at me.

If he wasn't fathered

by a black ram...

in the full of the moon,

my name is not Ragnar.

What would you do with him

in your country?

We have a special reward

which is rather entertaining...

in a noisy way.

What's that?

It's nothing much...

just a pit full of wolves

half-mad with starvation...

and trained to appreciate

the flavor of human blood.

You see?

The English are civilized!

Can you think of anything worse?

I can think

of something far worse.

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Calder Willingham

Calder Baynard Willingham, Jr. (December 23, 1922 – February 19, 1995) was an American novelist and screenwriter. Before the age of thirty, after just three novels and a collection of short stories, The New Yorker was already describing Willingham as having “fathered modern black comedy,” his signature a dry, straight-faced humor, made funnier by its concealed comic intent. His work matured over six more novels, including Eternal Fire (1963), which Newsweek said “deserves a place among the dozen or so novels that must be mentioned if one is to speak of greatness in American fiction.” He had a significant career in cinema, too, with screenplay credits that include Paths of Glory (1957), The Graduate (1967) and Little Big Man (1970). more…

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