The Warlord


The Warlord

The Warlord
(1965)
Starring: Charlton Heston, Richard Boone
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Format: Color
Rated: NR
Studio: Goodtimes Home Video
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2001


Heston did a lot of films in his career, but some were overlooked because they were not the bigger than life Epics like Ben Hur and 10 Commandments.

But I have found Heston’s works, The Naked Jungle, Diamond Head, Secret of the Incas (where Indiana Jones came from right down to the hat and leather jacket!!), The Big Country and The Warlord to be much more satisfying.

The War Lord especially is a rarely noticed and unappreciated film.

Set in Norman-Saxon England, he has been ‘awarded’ a small fief to hold against Frisans invaders (the same invaders that captured his father and bankrupted his family to ransom him). Tired of war, tired of the struggle, he is more than content with his lot – though not his younger brother, well played by Guy Stockwell. Heston only wants one thing more….the woman, a peasant promised to another. He can take her by right of being the lord, but he wants her heart and a woman’s love.

Realistic portrayal of the feudal person of post Saxon era of the Norman invasion of England, the performances are solid making this one special film, most notable the late Richard Boone (Have Gun Will Travel), one of the most natural actors ever to fill the screen. Action and battle scenes are solid.

A must for Heston fans who want more than just the flash. A must for fans of medieval history, and an absolute must if you are a romantic at heart and love knights of auld and damsels in distress.


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