The Vikings (1958)

35mm film, “filmed in Technirama” film, “color by Technicolor”, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American historical action film with fantasy sequences directed by Richard Fleischer. Production began on 20 June 1957.

Plot Summary

Viking half-brothers Einar and Eric are unaware that they are related – Einar is a great warrior while Eric is a former slave. Their paths cross when they battle for the throne of Northumbria in Britain and when they both fall for the beautiful Princess Morgana.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Richard Fleischer
© 1958 Brynaprod S.A.
A Kirk Douglas production. A United Artists release
Produced by: Jerry Bresler
Production Manager: Julien Derode
Screen Play by: Calder Willingham
Adaptation by: Dale Wasserman
Based on the novel The Viking by: Edison Marshall
Second Unit Director: Elmo Williams
Assistant Director: André Smagghe
Photographed by: Jack Cardiff
Second Unit Director of Photographer: Walter Wottitz
Editorial Supervisor: Elmo Williams
Editor: Hugo Williams *
Music Composed and Arranged by: Mario Nascimbene
Orchestra Conducted by: Franco Ferrara
Sound: Jo de Bretagne
Sound Mixer: Gordon K. McCallum *
Westrex Recording System
Make Up: John O'Gorman, Neville Smallwood
Hairdressing: Vasco and Gabriella Reggiani
Animation Prologue by: UPA Pictures Inc
Production Design: Harper Goff
Assistant to Producer: Harper Goff
Locations: Brittany, France; Fort La Latte, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, France; Norway

Kirk Douglas (Einar)
Tony Curtis (Eric)
Ernest Borgnine (Ragnar)
Janet Leigh (Morgana)
James Donald (Egbert)
Alexander Knox (Father Godwin)
Frank Thring (Aella)
Maxine Audley (Enid)
Eileen Way (Kitala)
Edric Connor (Sandpiper)
Dandy Nichols (Bridget)
Per Buckhoj (Bjorn)
Almut Berg [Pigtails – uncredited]
Orson Welles [narrator – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

I vichinghi – Italian title
Viikingit – Finnish title
Vikingarna – Swedish title
Los vikingos – Spanish title
Les – French title
Die Wikinger – Austrian/German title



  • Ciné Jeunes vol.5 no.19 (1959) p.18 – review
  • Daily Cinema no.8026 (9 July 1958) p.7 – review
  • Empire no.o.160 (October 2002) p.95 – illustrated review
  • Film Daily vol.113 no.98 (20 May 1958) p.6 – review
  • Films and Filming no.391 (April 1987) p.10 – review
  • Films and Filming no.395 (August 1987) p.12 – note
  • Films in Review vol.43 no.1/2 (January/February 1992) p.26 – illustrated review
  • Hollywood Reporter, The vol.150 no.2 (20 May 1958) p.3 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.2656 (10 July 1958) p.21 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.25 no.295 (August 1958) p.100 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.211 no.8 (24 May 1958) p.840 – review
  • Sight & Sound vol.ol.4 no.10 (October 1994) p.63 – video review
  • Variety 21 May 1958 p.6 – credits, review


Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide May 2010 p.40 – illustrated listing