Thursday, July 7, 2011

Movie Moments: #75

The 13th Warrior (1999)

Those who like their action mixed with a little classical literature will like this movie, an adaptation of the Old English epic poem Beowulf.  Even Antonio Banderas is likeable and turns in a good performance.  Something to watch on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  I like it.

It is 922AD.  An outcast Arabic poet/fighter joins a band of Vikings who make a stand against ferocious, apparently supernatural beings. 

Ahmed Ibn Fahdian: Merciful Father, I have squandered my days with plans of many things. This was not among them. But at this moment, I beg only to live the next few minutes well. For all we ought to have thought, and have not thought; all we ought to have said, and have not said; all we ought to have done, and have not done; I pray thee God for forgiveness.
Buliwyf: 'Lo, there do I see my father. 'Lo, there do I see...
Herger the Joyous: My mother, and my sisters, and my brothers.
Buliwyf: 'Lo, there do I see...
Edgtho the Silent: Back to the beginning.
Weath the Musician: 'Lo, they do call to me.
Ahmed Ibn Fahdian:  They bid me take my place among them.
Buliwyf: In the halls of Valhalla...
Ahmed Ibn Fahdian:  Where the brave...
Herger the Joyous: May live...
Ahmed Ibn Fahdian:  ...forever.

Prayers before battle (above quotes):

The movie and the marketing costs came to $185m, it grossed $61m worldwide., thereby losing $124m.  This makes it one of the most expensive movie flops ever.  Ouch.

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