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The 13th Warrior

The 13th Warrior
The 13th Warrior
The 13th Warrior
  • R
  • 1h 43m
  • 1999
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Antonio Banderas brings huge star power to an immensely thrilling action-adventure from the hit-making director of Die Hard and The Thomas Crown Affair! An exiled ambassador far from his homeland, Ahmed (Banderas) comes across a fierce band of warriors who are being attacked by ferocious creatures legendary for devouring all living things in their path! And when an old fortune-teller warns the combatants that they are doomed to failure without a 13th warrior, Ahmed is given no choice but to join their battle and help conquer the mysterious enemy! Suspenseful and endlessly exciting, this exhilarating hit is sure to thrill anyone who enjoys action on an epic scale!
© 1999 Touchstone Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Atmospheric, great sets and costumes, but thin plot.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Historical action film has violence, representation issues.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The 13th Warrior is a historical action adventure with bloody violence -- including beheadings -- and some sexist language. The movie stars Antonio Banderas as real-life figure Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan -- a Muslim ambassador who journeyed across Asia and Europe in the 10th century -- although the story is broadly an adaption of the Beowulf legend. This sees Muslim and Scandinavian characters working together, which involves overcoming some initial cultural differences. But noticeably a number of characters -- including Ahmed -- are not cast in line with their ethnicity and female characters are marginalized throughout. Violence is frequent and bloody, combined with a fantasy element. Because of the era, most of the battles involve swords and other sharp instruments. Mythical beings are seen beheading humans with many bloody injuries and deaths. Sex barely features, although Ahmed is exiled after he falls in love with another man's wife. There is little swearing, but there are several instances of sexist language being used that stereotypes women as being physically weak. Derogatory comments are also made about Arabs. There is some drinking, with a number of the Viking characters shown as being drunk.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Fantasy
  • Release Date:August 27, 1999
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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