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Release Date:
22 September 1989 (USA) See more »
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Be there... or beheaded!
Plot:
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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Cast

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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)
 
Stunts
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
Susan d'Arcy .... unit publicist
Yvonne Eastmond .... assistant production accountant
Mike Higgins .... location manager
Joyce Turner .... production coordinator
 
Thanks
Bill Jones .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
107 min | 79 min (director's cut)
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12/9 | Finland:S (cut version) (video release) | 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

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
King Arnulf:[Hy-Brasil is sinking, everything is collapsing and exploding] Everyone stay calm! This is not happening!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Behind the Director's Son's Cut (2007) (V)See more »

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Norse Star ..., 7 May 2006
Author: stuart-mcalister from France

Seen as a poor relation to true-Python movies (even forgotten), it tells the tale of a young adventurous Viking, Erik, who sets out on a quest to find Asgard. Along with a selection of other Norsk villagers, they sail into the unknown, encounter a sea monster and stumble across the idyllic 'Hy-Brazil', a land ruled by King Arnulf (Director, Terry Jones) who keeps insisting that in the face of adversity "It's alright. It's not happening".

The badness in this piece is care of Halfdan the Black (John Cleese) and delivered in typical Cleese fashion. Loki ((now) Sir Anthony Sher) plays to Halfdan as a crooked little stoolpigeon, only looking to improve his standing and possible gains.

Sadly, no other members of the original Python team played a part in this film as, rumour has it, after the death of Graham Chapman (in October of 1989), the remaining Pythons. Gilliam, Palin and Idle, decided not to appear.

Erik The Viking is a light comedy with occasional droplets of Python rain, gently falling about the story. Director, Terry Jones, relies on a pair of old-school character actors who number his and many Python films: John Scott Martin (Ingemund the Old) and Charles McKeown (Sven's Dad).

Jones allowed his cast to keep their mother-tongues: Tim Robbins (Erik) and Mickey Rooney (Erik's Grandfather) keep their American drawls and John Gordon Sinclair (Ivar), his broad Scottish accent. One of the best interactions is between Ivar and Thorofinn, discussing seasickness aboard their boat and a welcome diversion comes in the shape of 28yr old Imogen Stubbs (Princess Aud).

In the end, it's just a bit of fun and serves as a good 'hors d'oeuvre' to anyone who needs a gentle initiation into the world of Python.

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