Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The filmmakers have obviously done their research. Things look pretty authentic. The vikings don't have horns on their helmets. The film was shot in the fjords of Norway. But there's also a corny love triangle between Douglas, Curtis and Leigh, and the vikings speak English. Kirk Douglas makes a pretty good viking, even without a beard, and of course, Ernest Borgnine was born to play a viking. The last half hour is really impressive, with the attack on the English castle and the final fight between Douglas and Curtis, looking like a blockbuster before there were blockbusters.
Oh, and sorry about all the plundering, by the way.