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.
 
IMDB:
7.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
75%
NOT RATED
Year:
1958
116 min
264 Views


I guess you can...

with your pretty,

dainty face spoiled.

But he was a good slave.

Kill him quick.

No...

No quick death for him.

What do you suggest

I do with him?

Nothing.

Nothing?

I want this slave alive.

You want him to live

after tearing your face apart?

Yes.

The sun will cross the sky

a thousand times...

before he dies.

And you'll wish

a thousand times...

that you were dead.

Kitala!

You can't kill the slave.

What do the runes say?

If Odin willed

that Eric should die...

Thor's hammer would sound

his death knell.

But the sky is silent.

The curse of Odin

waits on him...

who kills the slave.

Then no man shall kill him.

Let the tide of the sea do it!

Bind him! Cast him into

the slop pool at lowtide.

Take him out.

You'll not kill him...

but you throw him

into the slop pool...

to be drowned

and eaten by crabs!

Then let the crabs

be cursed by Odin!

That's my decision.

If he survives the pool,

what then?

If he's still alive

when the tide turns...

then any fool who fishes him out

can have him.

Survives.

Odin...

send a wind and turn the tide.

Put her in the testing board.

I think I'll go and watch

that slave drowning.

Stay here!

You'll see something

more interesting.

It does look rather

an interesting game.

It's not a game.

It's Odin's test

for unfaithful wives.

Is she an unfaithful wife?

Ask Einar.

Her husband says she is.

Which is he?

He's throwing the axes.

But if she's innocent?

Her husband will succeed.

The braids will be cut.

Supposing he misses the braids

and hits her?

Well, then, she's guilty.

Oh, I see.

But what happens

if he misses...

both the girl and the braids?

Three misses and we drown him.

One!

You're too drunk!

You'll split her wide open!

Drunk, am I?

I haven't had enough!

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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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