Erik the Viking (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy  |  22 September 1989 (USA)
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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Be there... or beheaded!


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Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Erik el vikingo  »

Box Office


$1,932,642 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


First cinema film of Samantha Bond. See more »


As the ship is flung a great distance by the dragon, some of the Vikings fall out. This wouldn't happen, since they're following the same parabolic trajectory as the ship. See more »


Loki: Erik and the men of Ravensfjord are setting off to cross the Western Ocean.
Halfdan the Black: Lucky things! I could do with a holiday, I can tell you. All this financial work, you know... The stress really gets you.
[to his henchmen holding a prisoner]
Halfdan the Black: Um... flay him alive, garrotte him and then behead him.
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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 »


Referenced in The Madness and Misadventures of Munchausen (2008) See more »

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Lots of fun and a little bit of hidden depth
5 May 1999 | by (NYC, NY) – See all my reviews

In true Python alum fashion, this movie is rewatchable (despite what Maltin says) and a lot of fun each time you watch it. Tim Robbins does his usual good job in a light-hearted but sensitive role; and possibly the best line of the movie is John Cleese's reaction to Robbins when Robbins *believes* himself to be invisible, declaring: "Now you see me, now you don't!" Cleese's reaction has me laughing out loud every time.

Behind all the fun and games, though, Terry Jones has done some pretty darn clever commentary on belief systems and epistemology; the fact that you can only be affected by that particular brand of magic in which you believe is a strong idea which rings nicely throughout the movie. (The addition of the priest character drives the point home nicely.) Interesting ideas, which I'd bet are ignored by most people just out for a good time (which is okay too, since it's a funny movie).

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