The War Lord

Released 1965




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The War Lord

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Franklin J. Schaffner
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Normandy, almost a thousand years ago. Chrysagon (Charlton Heston), a feudal knight in the service of a duke, is assigned to guard a stretch of coastline from invaders. With an entourage of warriors, including his unloving brother Draco (Guy Stockwell), he battles to keep a horde of barbarians out. But after he falls in love with Bronwyn (Rosemary Forsyth), a local peasant who's about to be married, and exercises his droit de seigneur, he finds his men, and the villagers, turning against him.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Charlton Heston initially approached Peter Ustinov about directing the film, but the latter declined. Heston also hoped to sign Julie Christie to play Bronwyn, but the studio turned down his suggestion - although by the time the film was released at the end of 1965, Christie had just become a major new international star.

    • This film is loosely based on the play The Lovers by Leslie Stevens, which ran for just four performances on Broadway in 1956. This play marked the Broadway debut of Joanne Woodward, and Darren McGavin, Hurd Hatfield and Robert Burr were also in the cast.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Charlton Heston was the prime mover in getting this film made, and had great difficulty in persuading Universal Studios to make a film set long in the past which would not be a spectacular historical epic full of battle scenes, but an intimate love story with a small cast. He and director Franklin Schaffner lost control of the film after shooting was completed, with the result that the scenes of combat were much longer than they intended whilst several smaller, more personal scenes were cut. "They wanted a mini-El Cid", Heston later commented bitterly. The film was a box-office failure.