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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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Tom Hulce, star of Amadeus (1984), was originally intended to play the lead part of Erik. However, by the time that funding was secured, Hulce had decided to take a break from films to concentrate on his stage career. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Thorfinn Skullsplitter: Are you all right?
Ivar the Boneless: No, I'm not.
Thorfinn Skullsplitter: You don't need to feel bad about being sea-sick, you know.
Ivar the Boneless: How can you help feeling bad when you're sea-sick?
Thorfinn Skullsplitter: I mean many of the greatest sailors were.
Ivar the Boneless: I know. I know.
Thorfinn Skullsplitter: Olaf Tryggvason used to throw up on every single voyage... the whole time... non-stop... puke... puke... puke.
Ivar the Boneless: Look! I don't feel BAD about it. I just feel ILL.
Thorfinn Skullsplitter: He used to puke in his sleep.
Ivar the Boneless: Bastard.
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This film also does not involve SPAM. This will hurt Hormel's sales. See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.92 (2010) 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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