Am I even watching the same movie?? I've been reading a lot of the reviews here about 13th Warrior. I was especially interested in people who gave it a bad review. While I agree with some of the points - it must have been cut because it gets choppy at times (as if there's a section missing which causes a loss of continuity and leaves questions and situations hanging out there) - I enjoyed this movie immensely! I've watched it many times and have never gotten tired of it. The warriors have beautiful horses too, which are a pleasure to watch! I'd LOVE to see a director's cut with deleted scenes and all the great extras so many DVD's have (such as Pirates of the Caribbean) - I'd have to buy more than one copy!.
I originally bought the movie because I like Antonio Banderas in most of his movies, but I was very pleasantly surprised with the other actors - ESPECIALLY Vladimir Kulich (too bad he was in a mask in his role in the TV series Angel - he has such a great face), Dennis Storhoi, Dennis Southern, Tony Curran, and Clive Russell. These guys are excellent! Very different characters but equally entertaining. Other warriors (such as Neil Maffin) weren't in the movie enough to be able to form much of an opinion. But the story itself is great even if they did change it from the book (some of the changes are for the better). Yes, I did read the book too, and they could have fleshed the characters out more. But all in all, it's a very entertaining movie and one of my favorites to watch often. I liked it well enough to search out and buy a set of lobby cards from the movie, which I will display on my walls.
As for the language discussions in the reviews - it's a MOVIE! Lighten up! Definitely 5 stars, even if there are scenes missing. MAKE A DIRECTOR'S CUT!!!!. We'll buy it!!