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The 13th Warrior

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13thwarriorIn A.D. 922, Arabian nobleman Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan (Antonio Banderas) becomes the thirteenth warrior in a party of Vikings that are facing cannibalistic creatures called the Wendol. Michael Crichton based his novel on ‚ÄúBeowulf‚ÄĚ, the medieval poem‚Ķ and then director John McTiernan turned that adventure into a conventional and violent, albeit good-looking, Hollywood popcorn movie. The actors are nothing special, but Banderas tries hard as the Arab who learns how to fight like a real Viking.

1999-U.S. 102 min. Color. Widescreen.¬†Produced by¬†John McTiernan, Michael Crichton, Ned Dowd.¬†Directed by¬†John McTiernan.¬†Novel:¬†Michael Crichton (‚ÄĚEaters of the Dead‚ÄĚ).¬†Cast:¬†Antonio Banderas (Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan), Diane Venora (Weilew), Dennis Storh√łi (Herger), Vladimir Kulich, Omar Sharif‚Ķ Sven Wollter, Maria Bonnevie.

Trivia: The movie did badly in test screenings, causing Crichton to step in and do reshoots; the film bombed nevertheless.

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