The 13th Warrior
Directed by John McTiernan, Michael Crichton. With Antonio Banderas, Diane Venora, Dennis Storhoi, Vladimir Kulich. A man, having fallen in love with the.per the per
Arriving at last more than a year after it was completed, "The 13th Warrior" shows every sign of a production run amok. To extract the story from the endless scenes of action and carnage is more effort than it's worth. The film seems to have been conceived from the special effects on down. It could have been different. This could, indeed, have been a fascinating tale. Based on Eaters of the Dead, a novel by Michael Crichton , the story combines two intriguing sources. One is the real-life adventure of Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan, an Arab poet who traveled north to the Viking lands in the 10th century.
The 13th Warrior was released in However, it was rather entertaining to watch it again, taking a few notes in the process. From the very beginning, the plot struggles to combine two realities: Norse Vikings and their habits as described by Ibn Fadlan in the 10th century, and the 5th century epic Scandinavians as described in Beowulf , Old English heroic poem. The Wendol, whom the Vikings finally have to oppose, seem to be a prehistoric tribe all this based on Eaters of the Dead by Michael Chrichton. At the start of the film we see a map, where Baghdad is to be found between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, thus located in the Caucasus instead of the Tigris River. Accompanied by Melchisedek Omar Sharif , his mentor and manservant, Ibn Fadlan travels along the Volga river, where he is attacked by Tartars in fact Tartars or Tatars would not appear in these lands until the 13th century , after which he encounters a group of Viking warriors. What happens next is based on the actual account of historical Ibn Fadlan.
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The 13th Warrior is a American historical fiction action film based on Michael Crichton 's novel Eaters of the Dead ,  which is a loose retelling of the tale of Beowulf combined with Ahmad ibn Fadlan 's historical account of the Volga Vikings. It was directed by John McTiernan. Crichton directed some reshoots uncredited. Vajna , James Biggam and Ethan Dubrow as executive producers. Ahmad ibn Fadlan is a court poet to the Caliph of Baghdad , until his amorous encounter with the wife of an influential noble gets him exiled as an "ambassador" to the Volga Bulgars.
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The 13th Warrior: Ten Years Later
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