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"THE VIKINGS" (1958)

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I saw it as a kid and then saw it not long ago on TCM. I didn't know that Ernest Borgnine played the viking king and I remember him jumping into the pit of dogs. I had forgotton about the brother against brother conflict too. I thought it was a pretty good movie.

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I'm usually left unmoved by Viking films; or Argonaut films either. Kirk Douglas as "Ulysses" and Kirk Douglas as "Olaf" (or whatever his name was in this pic) has the physical stature to play these ancient sailors but somehow neither film really works for me.

I'll tell you a Viking film which DOES work for me, and does so in spades. A real treat: Richard Widmark and his pal Sidney Poitier in 'The Long Ships'. Rousing adventure, by jingo!

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