The 13th Warrior

Based on award-winning author Michael Crichton's best-selling novel, Eaters of the Dead, Touchstone Pictures' "The 13th Warrior" is an exciting and unforgettable adventure-thriller. The story of Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan (Antonio Banderas), an important emissary who is banished from his homeland, the nomadic outcast comes across a band of Norse warriors who coerce him into joining them when they are summoned to fight mysterious creatures legendary for consuming every living thing in their path.

Before the dawn of the second millennium, the city of Baghdad is the center of highest civilization. Within its cultured protection, young Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan enjoys the privileges of a prominent position until he succumbs to a politically dangerous relationship with a beautiful young woman. Sent away as an appointed emissary to a distant land, Ahmed is traveling by caravan with his mentor and manservant, Melchisidek (Omar Sharif), when he meets a band of warriors.

Ahmed considers the rogues to be colorful but crude, and he is skeptical of their description of a mysterious enemy that is plaguing their homeland. Apparently emerging through the foggy shroud of night, the enemy is so terrifying to the people they rarely speak its name aloud.

While Ahmed is not eager to entertain such tales, an old soothsayer warns the band that they will fail unless they are accompanied on their journey by a 13th warrior and one who is not from the North. Branded as the foreigner they need to succeed, Ahmed is enlisted as they set out on their conquest by land and sea.

Led by the enigmatic and courageous Buliwyf (Vladimir Kulich), the warriors include Herger the Joyous (Dennis Storhoi) whose love of women is only exceeded by his love of fighting. Herger becomes Ahmed's most frequent tormentor, and his closest ally, as he travels with the group that also includes Helfdane the Large (Clive Russell), Roneth the Horseman (Neil Maffin), Rethel the Archer (Mischa Hausserman), Skeld the Superstitious (Richard Bremmer), Weath the Musician (Tony Curran), Edgtho the Silent (Daniel Southern), Halga the Wise (Asbjorn Riis), Hyglak the Quarrelsome (Albie Woodington), Haltaf the Boy (Oliver Sveinall) and Ragnar the Dour (John De Santis).

Arriving at the warriors' northern homeland ruled by the elderly King Hrothgar (Sven Wollter), Ahmed discovers that the King and his young wife, Queen Weilew (Diane Venora), and Hrothgar's treacherous son Wigliff (Anders T. Andersen), have been unable to stop their enemy's rampage.

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