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In 11th century Normandy, a Norman duke sends one of his knights to build a defensive fortress in order to guard the borders against Frisian raiders.
John Gielgud was offered the role of the Priest, but turned it down. Maurice Evans, a former acting colleague of Gielgud's, took the role instead. Gielgud later appeared in Sphinx (1981) which, like this film, was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner.
This place has the dimensions of heresy.
Just after the peasant uses the trumpet rock, one of the riders is seen with a flail (sometimes, incorrectly, called a 'morning star'). The spiky weapon is seen to bounce off his horse's head, revealing it to be somewhat softer than it is supposed to be.
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