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While Old England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the ninth century, Alfred is planning to join the priesthood. But observing the rape of his land, he puts away his religious vows, to... See full summary »
Vivien Merchant has a prominent role in this film, but utters not one single word throughout. Critic Pauline Kael, panning the film savagely, suggested sarcastically that she had probably refused to say her lines, as the dialogue in the film was so unspeakable. It turned out that this was, in fact, the truth.
I am Guthrum, son of Odin! This is Ivar, my warrior cheif. He's called Ivar the boneless because his mother made him with gristle, instead of bone. Show them.
Guthrum: He fights as well.
Alfred: I am Alfred, king of Wessex. This is my cousin, Athelstan of Lamborn. I...