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Erik the Viking (1989)

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Erik the Viking and his men travel across the sea to find Valhalla to ask the gods to end the Age of Ragnarok.

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Erik the Viking gathers warriors from his village and sets out on a dangerous journey to Valhalla, to ask the gods to end the Age of Ragnorok and allow his people to see sunlight again. A Pythonesque satire of Viking life. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Be there... or beheaded!


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22 September 1989 (USA)  »

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Erik el vikingo  »

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$1,932,642 (USA)
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Trivia

As a favor for his friend Terry Jones, John Cleese replaced Jack Lemmon on short notice. See more »

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Erik runs through waist-deep water to get on shore to get the Cloak Invisible. When he arrives in Aud's bedchamber minutes later, his pants are completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Snorri the Miserable: Anyone know any good drowning songs?
Erik: Listen! Maybe we won't get to Hy-Brasil! Maybe we won't find the Horn Resounding... but at least we've tried... and at least we shall have died like men.
Snorri the Miserable: Like fish.
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Crazy Credits

This film is not based on the children's book "The Saga Of Erik The Viking" by Terry Jones (Although he hopes it will help the sales) See more »

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Time to re-evaluate Terry Jones
28 October 2002 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Terry Jones is probably the least appreciated member of Monty Python, but viewing `Erik the Viking' should change your opinion on that. The movie's world is bleak and bitter (reading about Norse religion will show you that the Vikings lived in a bleak and bitter world), but Tim Robbins' idealistic and earnest Erik is just sweet and hopeful enough to keep things interesting, rather than completely depressing. The casting is excellent. Particularly noteworthy are Jones himself as a king who quite literally only sees what he wants to see; Eartha Kitt as a very effective and chilling Norse goddess (yeah, it sounds weird, but it's perfectly done); and Antony Sher, whose Loki is equal parts weasel and villain. You'll be disappointed if you come in expecting over-the-top Pythonesque zany-ness, but to me, this movie felt like a maturation of that style. The satire is still there but it's more sober than frenetic. I only rated this movie an 8 because I don't watch it very often, but it's probably my favorite of all the Pythons' solo projects.


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