The War Lord

1965

Action / Drama / History

38
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 61%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 2499

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Cast

Charlton Heston as Chrysagon
Paul Frees as Narrator
Kent McCord as Extra
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by phil allen 10 / 10

Guy Stockwell's performance

Guy Stockwell nailed the Norman knight characterization, and should have won nominations for it. Eleventh-century knighthood was not of the 'shining armor' sort. They were extra sons, trained for war but with plenty to do between battles. Basically, they were aristocratic bikers, arrogant and exceptional, often despoiling the countryside. Draco as an 'I want it now' bully perfectly captures this mentality. His character reflects that of an actual younger brother who really screwed up things. In 1066 Tosti Godwinson convinced the King of Norway, a 7' Viking, to attack England. He did and lost to King Harold, but Harold then lost to the Normans exemplified by Draco far more than Crysagon.

Reviewed by Halsy Knox 9 / 10

Masterfully Done....

Truly, this film was masterfully done in all of its aspects. As many others have remarked it's quite odd that this film is so underrated and unknown. It's easily Heston's best work, and Schaffner's too. The direction, acting, cinematography, and music all come together virtually flawlessly. For any aspiring film students take note, this is a master class in how a great film is made. It really shows just how powerful a film cam be when done right, and how so many of them are done so woefully bad by comparison.

I love this film for the respect that Schaffner accords the viewer with. His sense of visuals are unparalleled, as directors go. The best scenes in the film are conveyed wholly without words or gesticulation, just pointed looks. It's amazing just how much a look can convey. My favorite scene in the film is where the old woman brings Heston and Forsyth food. He steps out of the room and the old woman into it. We then see closeups of Heston and Boone exchanging looks. Then to the old woman and Forsyth exchanging looks. Four people speaking volumes and not a word being said. Brilliant! This is a deliberate film, both intelligent and thoughtful, treating the viewer as such. I re-watch it once a year at least. I always find it best viewed in the late fall/early winter on a Saturday night, or a blustery Sunday. Usually as part of a marathon with such classics as 'The Lion in Winter', 'Beckett', and 'A Man for All Seasons'. This one however, this one is the real gem and the one I always look forward to most.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 5 / 10

Stodgy film lifted by some great siege warfare

THE WAR LORD is somewhat typical of the Hollywood historical adventure film in that the period it depicts looks nothing like it would have looked in real life. It's the odd haircuts and the silly armour that helps to spoil this one, although it's not a bad little film when it gets going and at least the storyline is rather atypical.

The film pairs director Franklin J. Schaffner and stars Charlton Heston and Maurice Evans just before they had a big hit with PLANET OF THE APES. THE WAR LORD isn't in the same league, and for a long time in the middle of the film it's rather stodgy, bogged down by endless romance scenes between an autopilot Heston and an insipid Rosemary Forsyth. However, the film is book-ended with action sequences, and in particular the large-scale siege warfare at the climax is well worth the wait and one of the better Hollywood depictions of medieval combat.

At all times, THE WAR LORD is a very obviously artificial viewing experience. Let's just say that California looks little like France, no matter how much they try to dress it up. Heston is oddly subdued and the likes of Richard Boone and James Farentino don't fit in the era at all, although Niall MacGinnis is reliably fluid. Still, I'm a sucker for a siege film, and at least the last half an hour is a lot of fun, almost making up for the problems found elsewhere.

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