The War Lord

An interesting attempt to break away from stereotype epic. Heston plays the war lord in 11th century Normandy who finds that the land he controls is steeped in primitive tradition. The rituals of pagan mythology are well observed - cabalistic idols, sacrifices - as is Heston's disintegration in the face of a mental force that he can't understand. Well put together by Schaffner (it's one of his best films, along with Planet of the Apes and Patton), and strongly photographed by Russell Metty.

Release details

Duration: 122 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Franklin Schaffner
Screenwriter: John Collier, Millard Kaufman
Cast: Richard Boone
Rosemary Forsyth
Michael Conrad
Charlton Heston
Maurice Evans
Guy Stockwell
Niall MacGinnis
James Farentino
Henry Wilcoxon
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