The 13th WarriorDirector: John McTiernan
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The 13th Warrior, a rousing adventure tale that uses the "stranger in a strange land" theme by placing a Moor courtesan amongst a pack of Viking raiders in the European Dark Ages, looks and sounds great on DVD, with a widescreen presentation and 5.1 Surround Sound that replicates the big-screen experience. It is disappointing, however, that the DVD contains few extras, just the standard trailer and language subtitles. An epic like this begs for some deleted scenes and production notes, while a commentary by director John McTiernan on a reportedly rocky production that took years to finish would have been a welcome addition. A sleeper, The 13th Warrior provides lots of swashbuckling adventure that is scarce in today's action genre.
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- Walt Disney Video
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Cast & Crew
|Antonio Banderas||Ibn Fadlan|
|Diane Venora||Queen Weilew|
|Dennis Storhoi||Herger the Joyous|
|Anders T. Andersen||Wigliff, King Hrothgar's son|
|Richard Bremmer||Skeld The Superstitious|
|Tony Curran||Weath the Musician|
|Mischa Hausserman||Rethel The Archer|
|Neil Maffin||Roneth The Horseman|
|Asbjorn Riis||Halga the Wise|
|Clive Russell||Helfdane The Large|
|Daniel Southern||Edgtho the Silent|
|Oliver Sveinall||Haltaf the Boy|
|Sven Wollter||King Hrothgar|
|Albie Woodington||Hyglak The Quarrelsome|
|Sven Ole Thorsen||Would-be King|
|Christopher Boyes||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Annmarie Corbett||Set Decoration/Design|
|Ethan Dubrow||Executive Producer|
|Robert Eber||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Thomas Fisher||Special Effects|
|Jerry Goldsmith||Score Composer|
|Casey Grant||Associate Producer|
|Kate Harrington||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Richard St. John Harrison||Art Director|
|Willie Heslup||Art Director|
|Helen Veronica Jarvis||Art Director|
|Wolf Kroeger||Production Designer|
|Rose Marie McSherry||Set Decoration/Design|
|Bruce G. Moriarty||Asst. Director|
|Alan Robert Murray||Sound Editor|
|Andrew G. Vajna||Executive Producer|
1. Opening Credits/Things Were Not Always Thus [:11]
2. A Messenger From the North [3:44]
3. Traveling With the 12 [3:44]
4. In Hrothgar's Realm [3:37]
5. Carnage at the Farmhouse [:14]
6. Council in the Great Hall [5:44]
7. Wendol Attack [:07]
8. Building Defenses [5:32]
9. Olga's Warning [4:04]
10. Setting an Example [2:12]
11. The Fireworm Is Roused [3:00]
12. The Wisdom of an Old Crone [3:55]
13. In Search of the Wendol [:21]
14. In the Bowels of the Earth [4:25]
15. Buliwyf's Fate Is Sealed [1:12]
16. The Wendol Return for Vengeance [3:35]
17. End Credits [:14]
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Not that bad of a movie. One of my favorites. Hadn't heard of the book. Reminds me of Skyrim, setting wise.
Great storyline. Great scenery. Great action scenes. Stretches the emaginaton a bit with an Arab learning the Norse language in one night, but other than that an excellent action flick.
Antonio Banderas is a diplomat from Baghdad sent on an embassy to the Bulgars, when he is kidnapped en route by a gang of Vikings who force him to be the required ¿thirteenth warrior¿ in a mission to save a northern kingdom from flesh-eating savages. The movie is based on Michael Crichton¿s ¿Eaters of the Dead¿, which in turn is loosely based on a real historical figure. One of the earliest eye-witness accounts we have of the Vikings in their homeland by a third party is that of Ahmed Ibn Fahdalan, who was kidnapped and taken north as a slave by a group of Vikings in the 10th century. This is where the book and the movie part ways from the actual events, a deliberate move on the part of Crichton. Only scraps of copies remain of Ibn Fahdalan¿s writings today, who lived among the Vikings for three years. During that time he wrote a clinical description of everything he saw. Pieces of this are represented in the movie, and although the movie turns to complete fantasy, as a whole I found it to be an enjoyable movie with satisfying dialog and excellent action scenes.
Vikings had absolutely no fear of dying, and launched into battle with a laugh and a poem. An Arab who gets dragged along learns about war on the job. Both cultures are portrayed accurately as the fiercest and most fabulous fighting ever filmed explodes in your face.
This movie depicts the Viking culture with in-depth accuracy. The acting is excellent. It gets a bit gory at times and yet there is good humor throughout. It is nice to see a movie where the lead actor (Banderas) does not have to emerge as the glorious hero. Top rate movie.
This is the finest film version of 'Beowulf' ever made - leave it to a true science-fiction writer like Michael Crichton to take an Anglo-Saxon Epic, cut out the supernatural stuff, and make the story historically believeable.
It is an unforgetable movie that can be watched over and over again. The only disappointment was that the background was too dark during many of the scenes and difficult to see. I believe this is one of Antonio Bandaras's best early pictures. It does give the viewer some insights into some of the Vikings burial customs.
After watching this movie again, I am always left wondering how it just seems lost in some un-known void of our cinematic appreciation. Though this movie has its small lapses, it is very entertaining and still incredibly historically accurate and also so faithful to the book Michael crichten wrote by adapting a 9th century manuscript that is one of the first written works depicting the "Northmen". Yes, I know that Critchten produced this movie....thats seems to the only way to keep the "money people" from polluting the "creative peoples" work in Hollywood. Back when this first came out I almost puked when I heard that A. Banderos was in it as I thought it was just going to be perverted into an action vehicle for him. And was I wrong. This is when I think I first started having respect for him as a real actor, because that is just what he does in this movie, ACT. His performance from poet to warrior is very unexpected and understated. I was raised on The Longships, and The Vikings of the 1960's, And it took years to learn how this was such Hollywood garbage. Like all the other stereo-types we embrace. Do you want Wham-Bam fantasy...go rent the atrocity Pathfinder, but if you want to get away from the Hagar-The-Horrible BS of Horned helmets and such, I highly recommend this movie. I'll end this by admitting that I am an American of (mostly) Norwegion lineage, and throughout the decades I have just been so disappointed on how come a good "Viking" movie is so hard to come out of Hollywood. PS - And the word Viking simply means "Raider" and is used about as often and as accurately as people who put horns on helmets. The Northmen DID NOT LOOK LIKE HAGAR-THE-HORRIBLE!!!!
This movie is truly amazing and unforgettable. Once you see it, it's a must have in your movie collection. Best way to put this movie is it's another "The Mummy" movie. Wish there was a sequel.
Great movie from a period setting alot of action, pretty good story too. And Antonio Banderas....WOW!!
This is a great story where Antonio Banderas's character, an ambassador, gets hooked with men of the north and must battle a blood thirsty enemy. Banderas is charming, funny, sexy, and smart. The fight scenes are great and the 'enemy' is scary and mysterious. The movie keeps you on the edge of your seat! I like how they pair the lone muslim with the ideology of the Vikings and how it all works together to create an unforgettable story of bravery, perserverence and faith in yourself and the people you are with.