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22 September 1989 (USA) See more »
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Be there... or beheaded!
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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. 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)
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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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107 min | 79 min (director's cut)
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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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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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Helga:[Erik has accidentally run his sword through her while killing the other two Vikings who were raping her] Thanks for saving me from a fate worse than death!
Erik:I didn't mean to!
Helga:[Gasping for breath] Oh, that's all right then... it's the thought... that counts...
Erik:Tell me your name?... Tell me... what IS it...?
[Helga dies before she can answer]
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A brilliant comedy!, 16 February 2007

British comedian Terry Jones found fame and fortune as a member of the legendary comedy troupe known as Monty Python, where along his teammates revolutionized comedy with their sketch show "Flying Circus" during the 70s. While this is probably his most well-known activity, Jones is also a popular historian, specialized on the European Medieval period, who has published several books on this and other subjects of ancient history. In 1983, after the dissolution of Monthy Python, Jones published a children's book named "The Saga of Erik the Viking", where he explored this interest of him in the story of a young Viking. Years later, he wrote the screenplay for a movie version inspired in the children's book, although dealing more mature themes. "Erik the Viking" was the name of the movie and it is possibly the movie that best describes Jones' persona, as it mixes the style of Monthy Python comedy (although it is not a sketch-based movie) with Jones' special taste for ancient history.

The film is the story of Erik (Tim Robbins), a viking who after the murder of an innocent woman during one of his tribe's expedition, discovers that he is not really happy with the whole raping and pillaging customs of his people. Looking for advice, Erik asks the wise old woman Freya (Eartha Kitt) for a solution, and she tells him that since Fenris the Wolf has swallowed the sun, the age of violence, Ragnarok, has begun. Worried by this revelation, Erik decides to travel to the legendary land of Hy-Brasil, in order to find the Horn Resounding, the magic artifact that will take him to Asgard and awake the Gods. With this in mind, Erik prepares an expedition and sails to adventure; but Halfdan the Black (John Cleese) and Keitel Blacksmith (Gary Cady) are not so happy about finishing the lucrative business of war, so both decide to follow Erik in order to make him fail.

While the movie is not exactly an adaptation of Jones' children's book, his love for history is still all over the movie, as it's filled with countless references to Norse myths and Viking culture. Python's style of comedy is present in a subtler (although no less hilarious) way, and like in his previous work, Jones uses "Erik" to make fun of concepts as the social establishment, war, and religion. This last theme is represented in a very interesting way, with the concept of faith and beliefs playing a very important (and amusing) part of Erik's quest to awake the Gods. However, despite Jones' love for history, people expecting a true and realistic representation of a Norse Edda will be sorely disappointed, as Jones takes many liberties for the sake of comedy (and probably to make his movie easier to understand for people not familiar with Norse mythology).

In this his third "solo" effort as director (two of the Python films were co-directed with Terry Gilliam), Terry Jones shows the evolution of what was started in "Life of Brian", as while his movie is a story of epic proportions, he keeps the film focused on his characters and their many funny traits. This really works for the movie, as while Erik's crew is numerous, each one is highly detailed and Jones dedicates enough time to get to know everyone of them, developing them as characters and as a team, and making the audience care for them. This take is also beneficial as lessens the damage done by the poor special effects (due to low-budget) of some scenes, although to Jones' credit, the way he fuses realism with magic surrealism is also a brilliant move. The somewhat restrained way that Jones uses to approach to comedy this time (keeping it focused to the plot instead of using sketches) is also more in tone with "Life of Brian" than with the other Monty Python films.

Tim Robbins is perfectly cast as Erik, as his really becomes this good hearted, yet extremely naive adventurer, decided to stop the wars of the world. Robbins' career was at an early stage when he did this film, but already shows his talent and is very good with Jones' style of comedy. Monthy Python's John Cleese is fabulous as Halfdan the Black, and steals most of the scenes he is in. Overall the actors playing Erik's crew are really excellent and truly are a key factor in this success of the movie. Imogen Stubbs plays Aud, the princess of Hy-Brasil who tries to help Erik in this quest. Stubbs is effective for the role, although sadly the rest of the cast overshadows her without problem. Mickey Rooney and Terry Jones himself have small yet very funny roles too, and both make the most of their small scenes.

Personally, I think that the movie's biggest problem is actually Terry Jones' background with the Pythons, as this may make fans to expect something keeping the style of the troupe's previous films. While "Erik the Viking" does have it's fair share of Python's humor, it would be wrong to call it a Python movie. Other than the probably too high expectations it probably won't meet, the movie really doesn't have many flaws and it's an excellent satire that delivers the goods without false pretensions. True, it has some serious problems with special effects that could had been better with a bigger budget, but Jones makes the movie work with his mix of wit and charm, as well as his knowledge of medieval cultures.

"Erik the Viking" is definitely an unfairly underrated comedy that while never on the level of classic Monty Python's Flying Circus, it provides some fun intelligent comedy paired with an interesting story of action and adventure. It's flawed, but has a special charm that just makes the whole movie work without problem. As a satire it's really good, and despite its few historical inaccuracies, it's a nice piece of Viking action. Truly a movie that really deserves a viewing. 8/10

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