The War Lord

1965

The War Lord

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In this painstakingly-accurate historical drama, Morman knight Charlton Heston exercises his right to claim bride Rosemary Forsyth on the night of her wedding to James Farentino. Forsyth becomes enamored of her abductor, refusing to leave his side. Seeking vengeance, Farentino foments an all-out war between Heston and Heston's covetous brother.

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Critic Reviews for The War Lord

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (3)

  • Runs on and on and on, but proves nothing whatever about the survival of the fittest.

    Apr 23, 2011 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • Heston is more convincing in his battle scenes than in romancing Rosemary Forsyth, but nevertheless delivers a hard-hitting performance.

    Jul 3, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • 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.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • There is plenty of bow-and-arrow shooting and throwing spears and pouring boiling oil and battering-ramming the great oak doorway and assaulting the fortress with a scaling-tower.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An intelligent historical drama, exciting and atmospheric while never losing sight of the human passions that are its driving force.

    Apr 23, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Lumbering sword and shield tale with Heston.

    Apr 20, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for The War Lord

  • Jun 25, 2009
    Charrlton Heston was and always will be an acting god. This film showed off more than one facet of his unholy acting talent and I loved it...
    Barry L Super Reviewer

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