13th Warrior, The (1999)
Front Cover Actor
Antonio Banderas Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan Ibn Al Abbas Ibn Rashid Ibn Hamad
Diane Venora Queen Weilew
Vladimir Kulich Buliwyf/The 1st Warrior
Dennis Storhøi Herger the Joyous
Daniel Southern Edgtho the Silent
Neil Maffin Roneth
John DeSantis Ragnar the Dour
Clive Russell Helfdane the Fat
Mischa Hausserman Rethel the Archer
Oliver Sveinall Haltaf the Boy
Asbjørn 'Bear' Riis Halga the Wise
Dennis Storhoi Herger the Joyous
Omar Sharif Melchisidek
Anders T. Andersen Wigliff, King Hrothgar's son
Richard Bremmer Skeld The Superstitious
Tony Curran Weath the Musician
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Fantasy
Director John McTiernan; Michael Crichton
Producer Michael Crichton; Ned Dowd; Lou Arkoff
Writer Michael Crichton; William Wisher Jr.
Studio Walt Disney Video
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 1 hr 42 mins
Country USA
Color Color
What happened to The 13th Warrior? Directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard), it's the tale of young Arab ambassador Ahmahd ibn Fahdalan (Antonio Banderas), who's vanquished from his homeland for loving the wrong woman. On his journeys he associates with a ragtag group of Vikings who are traveling back to their homeland to confront a nefarious threat that's cloaked in such superstition they're forbidden to speak its name. It is prophesied by a witch doctor that 13 warriors must confront the evil; however, the 13th chosen man must not come from the north. Suddenly Banderas is forced into the breach, somewhat against his will. More poet than battle-worn warrior, he must not only fight the aggressors but come to terms with the unfamiliar Norse culture. What follows is a vigorous and brutal adventure reminiscent of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. Sumptuous and invigorating battle sequences fill the screen from beginning to end as the brave Norsemen battle insurmountable odds.

Sounds good. So why did this film, once known as the Eaters of the Dead, sit on studio shelves for two years? Presumably because of the thoughtless editing that trimmed down the film to its bare bones, crafting an actionfest out of an epic. It's not often that you crave for a movie to be longer, but The 13th Warrior could've benefited from fleshing out of its subplots and characters. On the surface it's good eye candy with some fine pulse-quickening moments, and Banderas and the accompanying cast turn in sympathetic performances, epitomizing camaraderie in the face of impending doom. However, if you're looking for a good thematic tale from the Dark Ages (akin to Braveheart), you may be disappointed. --Jeremy Storey

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Index 953
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/5/03
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Owner NF
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 008
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 717951004659
Release Date 2002
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby