Couch Potato Theater: The 13th Warrior (1999)
On this episode of Couch Potato we discuss one of Hollywood's biggest box office flops in the past 20 years,
but a film that also has found a huge fan appreciation on video. This film comes from a story from one of the most celebrated authors of the 20th Century. Welcome to Couch Potato Theater: The 13th Warrior (1999).
The 13th Warrior is a 1999 American historical fiction action film based on Michael Crichton's 1976 novel Eaters of the Dead, which is a loose retelling of the tale of Beowulf combined with Ahmad ibn Fadlan's historical account of the Volga Vikings. It stars Antonio Banderas as Ahmad ibn Fadlan, as well as Diane Venora and Omar Sharif. It was directed by John McTiernan. Crichton directed some reshoots uncredited. The film was produced by McTiernan, Crichton, and Ned Dowd, with Andrew G. Vajna, James Biggam and Ethan Dubrow as executive producers.
A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled in a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.
Join Kyle Lee & Kevin as they take a look back at this fan favorite action film with a fantastic cast and see how it has remained a true classic to this day, and a film that represents everything that Couch Potato Theater is all about.
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