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  • TBC
  • Drama, History
  • 1965
  • 122 mins

The War Lord

Film4 The War Lord


Charlton Heston stars as a knight who exercises his right to claim bride Rosemary Forsyth on the night of her wedding, setting in motion events that will lead to all-out war.

Critic's Review

Painstakingly accurate historical epic that has Norman knight Heston, in charge of an 11th-century Druid community. He exercises his right to claim bride Forsyth on the night of her wedding, and she then falls for the knight, refusing to leave his side. Seeking vengeance, Farentino, the son of Druid leader MacGinniss, foments an all-out war between Heston and Heston's covetous brother (Stockwell). Despite the impressive scope of the battle scenes, The War Lord, based on a stage play by Stevens, is an intimate drama. Still, the sure-handed direction of Schaffner and the credible performances of Heston et al are well complemented by Morross's driving, Stravinsky-like score.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: James Farentino, Niall MacGinnis, Charlton Heston, Richard Boone, Guy Stockwell, Rosemary Forsyth
  • Director: Franklin J Schaffner
  • Writer: John Collier, Millard Kaufman
  • Producer: Walter Seltzer
  • Photographer: Russell Metty

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