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Erik the Viking -- 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.
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Release Date:
22 September 1989 (USA) See more »
Be there... or beheaded!
Erik the Viking and his men travel across the sea to find Valhalla to ask the gods to end the Age of Ragnarok. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Time to re-evaluate Terry Jones See more (42 total) »


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Tim Robbins ... Erik

Mickey Rooney ... Erik's Grandfather

Eartha Kitt ... Freya

Terry Jones ... King Arnulf

Imogen Stubbs ... Princess Aud

John Cleese ... Halfdan the Black
Tsutomu Sekine ... Slavemaster

Antony Sher ... Loki
Gary Cady ... Keitel Blacksmith
Charles McKeown ... Sven's Dad

Tim McInnerny ... Sven the Berserk

John Gordon Sinclair ... Ivar the Boneless

Richard Ridings ... Thorfinn Skullsplitter

Freddie Jones ... Harald the Missionary

Samantha Bond ... Helga
Danny Schiller ... Snorri the Miserable

Jim Broadbent ... Ernest the Viking (a Rapist)

Jim Carter ... Jennifer the Viking (Another Rapist)
Matyelok Gibbs ... Erik's Mum
Tilly Vosburgh ... Unn-the-Thrown-At
Jay Simpson ... Leif the Lucky
John Scott Martin ... Ingemund the Old
Sian Thomas ... Thorhild the Sarcastic

Sarah Crowden ... Grimhild Housewife
Bernard Padden ... Mordfiddle the Cook
Bernard Latham ... Ulf the Unmemorable
Julia McCarthy ... Thorfinn's Mum
Allan Surtees ... Thorfinn's Dad
Sandra Voe ... Ivar's Mum
Angela Connolly ... Thorkatla the Indiscreet
Sally Jones ... Leif's Pregnant Girlfriend
Andrew MacLachlan ... Ornulf / Chamberlain / Dog Soldier
Tim Killick ... Bjarni / Halfdan's Guard / Musician

Graham McTavish ... Thangbrand / Citizen / Dog Soldier
Cyril Shaps ... Gisli the Chiseller
Peter Geeves ... Eilif the Mongol Horde / Musician
Paddy Joyce ... Prisoner
Colin Harper ... Prisoner
Harry Jones ... Prisoner
Barry McCarthy ... Prisoner
Neil Innes ... Hy-Brasilian

Garry Roost ... Prisoner

Simon Evans ... Odin
Matthew Baker ... Thor
Dave Duffy ... Horribly Slain Warrior
Frank Bednash ... Even More Horribly Slain Warrior
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Simon ... Svens Grandfather (uncredited)
Max Votolato ... Child God (uncredited)

Directed by
Terry Jones 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Terry Jones  written by

Produced by
Terry Glinwood .... executive producer
John Goldstone .... producer
Neville C. Thompson .... associate producer
Original Music by
Neil Innes 
Cinematography by
Ian Wilson 
Film Editing by
George Akers 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
Production Design by
John Beard 
Art Direction by
Gavin Bocquet 
Roger Cain 
Set Decoration by
Joanne Woollard 
Costume Design by
Pam Tait 
Makeup Department
Annie McEwan .... makeup artist (as Anne McEwan)
Demelza Rogers .... hair & makeup
Aileen Seaton .... makeup artist
Jenny Shircore .... hair designer
Jenny Shircore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Chris Thompson .... production manager
Larry Jackson .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Brown .... first assistant director
Neil Calder .... third assistant director
Julian Doyle .... second unit director
Margarita Doyle .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Sarah Horton .... set designer
Robert Jackson .... carpenter
Alan Lee .... conceptual designer
Mark White .... construction
Barry Wilkinson .... property master
Simon Wilkinson .... dressing props
Dennis Murray .... plasterer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alan Bell .... sound editor
Bob Doyle .... sound recordist
Paul Filby .... boom operator
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Noel Wallace .... dubbing projectionist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mario Cassar .... special effects foreman: Malta
Richard Conway .... special effects designer
Dave Eltham .... special effects technician
Steve Hamilton .... special effects floor supervisor
Peter Hutchinson .... special effects supervisor
Stephen Hutchinson .... special effects technician
Dave Chagouri .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Janice Body .... rotoscope artist
Martin Body .... effects coordinator
Bob Cuff .... matte painter
Joy Cuff .... matte painter
Dennis McTaggart .... visual effects editor
Andrew Coates .... assistant optical camera (uncredited)
Martin Grace .... stunt coordinator
Eddie Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... still photographer
Kevin Brookner .... assistant camera
Kenny Byrne .... focus puller
Alfie Emmins .... best boy
Dean Kennedy .... electrician
Simon Richards .... clapper loader
Dave Ridout .... electrician
Norman Smith .... gaffer
Mark Strasburg .... focus puller: second unit
Ian Wilson .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Zarb Cousin .... wardrobe assistant
Marion Weise .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Charles Ireland .... second assistant editor
Music Department
John Altman .... conductor
John Altman .... orchestrator
Ray Williams .... music supervisor
Other crew
Christopher Aber .... assistant to Mickey Rooney
Libbie Barr .... script supervisor
Ino Bonello .... studio manager: malta
Susan d'Arcy .... unit publicist
Yvonne Eastmond .... assistant production accountant
Mike Higgins .... location manager
Joyce Turner .... production coordinator
Bill Jones .... special thanks

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Additional Details

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107 min | 79 min (director's cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12/9 | Finland:S (cut version) (video release) | France:U | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Norway:15 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #29792) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Writer/Director Terry Jones is also the author of a children's novel called 'The Saga Of Erik the Viking', although the plot lines of the movie and the book have nothing more in common than the same-named titular characters.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Snorri the Miserable:First we're flying - now we're sinking!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.92" (2010)See more »


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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Time to re-evaluate Terry Jones, 28 October 2002
Author: Amanda Reno from Minnesota

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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