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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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A Nice Sense of Period and One or Two Moments of Interesting Logic 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?

According to Michael Palin's diaries, Terry Jones approached Nicolas Cage for the role of Erik.See more »
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 »
Thorfinn Skullsplitter:You mean... you can't kill ANYBODY?
King Arnulf:Right! Isn't it wonderful?
Thorfinn Skullsplitter:What? Not being able to kill anybody?
King Arnulf:Well, of course.
King Arnulf:Well... for a start... er... there's no killing...
Erik:Well, OBVIOUSLY there's no killing.
King Arnulf:Well...
Thorfinn Skullsplitter:But how d'you take revenge?
Keitel Blacksmith:How do you punish people?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.92" (2010)See more »


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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Nice Sense of Period and One or Two Moments of Interesting Logic, 9 August 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

Terry Jones wonderful examination of the mess of Viking life and legend is a funny film - almost as good as MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. His intelligence is at work here. Jones wrote a book version of the story first, and in it examined some of the odd concepts of that remarkable period of rapine and violence. Jones is an expert on the Middle Ages (he did a very amusing and informative multi-episode series on the people of the Middle Ages for the history channel). So his grasp on detail is marvelous.

To date, this is the only film to look at the Vikings and their religious/spiritual beliefs. What was their idea of heaven and hell. Well, we finally see Valhalla for what it was supposed to be. And the fallacy of it is brought home in the conclusion when Erik and his crew realize what garbage their culture embraces.

This is the only movie I know that also deals with the lost island of Hy-Brazil. Not to be confused with the huge country in South America, Hy-Brazil was one of many fictitious islands that were believed to be in the Atlantic Ocean in the Middle Ages - in some cases to the 19th Century. Hy-Brazil was supposed to sink every now and then, as it does in this film. But it sinks due to a violation of the moral purity of the island, for an act of violence occurs there that is against the state of the island. And the King of Hy-Brazil (Jones) is so self-centered that he can imagine that everything is fine, that he refuses to accept that the island is sinking and his subjects are drowning.

The King is also one of the examples of the marvelous twisted logic of the film - he has gotten a piece of cloth that he is told makes the wearer invisible. Nobody else but the king believes this. Erik, caught in the rooms of the King's daughter, puts the cloth on him. The King comes in to see who is there, and can't see him, although everyone else can see him.

There is a similar piece of logic at the end of the film, when the crew has reached Valhalla, and found it not as they wanted to find it. They are trapped there because their belief and religion makes them seek Valhalla. Only the one Christian among them (Freddie Jones, in a nice performance) can't see what they see - he is a Christian, not a Viking Pagan. So he is able to return to their boat and free the others because he is not trapped by their mindset.

The performances are good, especially John Cleese as an expert in extortion and torture, who is treated like the benevolent laird of the manor (he willingly changes the dates of torments and tortures he schedules). Eartha Kitt as a priestess, and Mickey Rooney as a feisty grandfather of Erik, give good performances too. It is an interesting, odd, but successful period comedy.

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