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'Alfred' filmed in Galway, Ireland.
- Mary J Murphy
Some years ago I discovered, much to my enormous delight, that Caherlistrane, County Galway (and specifically our local hill at Castlehackett) was one of the main locations where battle scenes from 'Alfred' were filmed. That serendipitous discovery led me off on a trail to learn more about this film and about the hundreds and hundreds of extras who participated in it, and to delve as deeply as I could into the entire Hollywood extravaganza arriving in 'the middle of nowhere' in the west of Ireland. That was a time, remember, when TV was still black & white, there was a single television station, cars were scarce, telephones scarcer still, and the pace of life in the country was still glacial. And giess what? There was no infordation, or hardly any, apart from a few newspaper cuttings. It was like 'Brigadoon', one minute it was there, and the next it was gone. Was it all an illusion? Had it really happened ? Slowly we learned , by peeling back the layers of time, that it had happened indeed, so I resolved to resaerch the entire making of the movie. Whichc I did, and the extraordinary yarn unfolded at length. So long indeed was the tall tale of the making of the film that it eventually morphed into a book. That book, 'Viking Summer'; The Filming of Alfred The Great in Galway in 1968', is available online from Charlie Byrnes Bookstore in Galway, Ireland (voted Ireland's best independentbook store!), and we are now planning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the making of the movie, right here, in two and a bit year's time - any suggestions as to how we might do that? what would you like to see at that event, all of you who are such avid fans of the film? Thank you very much indeed.
Bring back Alfred the Great
This movie used to play on HBO every few months back in the 80's. It's time to dust it off and let a whole new audience learn to love it, too. Far too much time has passed since it last aired. Alfred the Great is a wonderful classic.
Bring Alfred The Great Back To Life
- John Robertson
I have been waiting for this movie for years. Please make it available. Movie watchers need a true story of a virtuous come from behind hero more than ever. Alfred the Great is that hero.
ALFRED THE GREAT
- Peter Fitzgerald
With the advent of Game of Thrones & The Vikings I think the time has come to resurrect this film for general release via DVD. I recall this film to have a timeless political narrative that will resonate with the younger audience that so like the more modern productions.
Alfred the Great
- Houston White
This is a fantastic movie about 8th century England and Alfred The Great's struggles against the Church, other Anglo-Saxon Lords and the Danes/Vikings to unify the kingdom of Wessex. It was filmed in Ireland using the Irish army and they could really recreate the movements of shield wall formations used in battles of the period. The battle sequences are very authentic and exciting. The actors do a great job with this well known Anglo-Saxon legendary King's story of defeat and then overcoming the odds to final victory. Alfred is the only English King to be called Great. The director made this film as authentic as he could for the UK audiences who know this story well. I saw this movie once on TV in early 1970's on late night TV. I was up past my usual bedtime and it was shown at 10;00pm or 11;00pm. As it was probabl;I was enthralled as I knew the historical story.The full length directors cut is the best as the later edited for TV versions cut out so of the most authentic scenes. This film is up there with other great viking films of the 1960's: The Vikings, The Warlord, and the Search for the Golden Bell, etc.. For years there was some problem with re-releasing this movie! I always heard it was because of the late directors estate, something about the director's spouse wanting to have whole movie as he filmed it or nothing? It never made the journey to VHS or DVD.Turner Classic Movies must release the original film version without the cuts made for American release! This film only received a very short release in US in 1969. There was so much happening in US in 1969 that it did not have much of a chance: Vietnam, Race riots, landing on the moon, etc..I have wanted to see this movie again for all my life. But, I do not want to see the cut done for TV. I want to see and own the restored, full length original wide screen, in letterbox format as only Turner Classic Movies can do. Please there is a large audience in US that would love to see this movie agai
- Ed Butler
I've quoted this from IMDB:I have some interesting facts to share about the making of the movie: Many of the battle scenes were filmed in Ireland using Irish Army regulars as extras. The men learned the marching chants and what you hear in the movie is at least in part the actual chants of the extras.Some of the men earned extra money by doing some of the riskier shots (guys carrying kicking and screaming women for example; my father was one such extra and earned his extra money by lying on the battlefield and permitting a horse to walk up to his 'body' and then circle around his head; some extras were unwilling to risk being stepped on, but my father's familiarity with horses convinced him that the horse would avoid stepping on a person).The Viking ships were motorized with oarsmen acting to produce the realistic effects. One boat was offered to the local boy scouts at the end of filming, but was scooped up by a buyer before the deal was closed.After days of shooting with large numbers of extras on the shores of the River Shannon near Athlone, the crew would repaint the brown grass using large buckets of green paint.http://www.athlonelive.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1905
Overdue for DVD release
I remember this movie in my teens. I have described it to others but it's release was so limited that most have forgotten it. I think that if released as a DVD it would rapidly become a must have for anyone who enjoys historical movies.
- Carl Fortun
A splendid film, that besides being a fairly accurate depiction of the life and times in the 9th century, also has a religious dynamic of a pagan culture and its emphasis on power and passion versus the Christian ethic of love and understanding. Add a couple of meticulously filmed battles for the action fans and you have a "reel" gem.
RELEASE THIS ON DVD!
- Terry Lewis
I remember this as one of my favorite late 60's movies. Gritty realism and agood cast make for a very entertaining film. If you like medieval, vikings etc,you'll love this.