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According to Michael Palin's diaries, Terry Jones approached Nicolas Cage for the role of Erik.
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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.
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As a favor for his friend Terry Jones, John Cleese replaced Jack Lemmon on short notice.
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Film debut of Samantha Bond.
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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.
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At one stage Sean Connery, \Alec Guinness' and Bob Hoskins were announced for the cast.
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Although in many ways a fantasy film, a certain amount of historical accuracy was intended. Most notably, not one horned helmet is seen in the entire movie.
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Roger Ebert gave this movie a "thumbs down", calling it "an utterly worthless exercise in waste and wretched excess, uninformed by the slightest spark of humor, wit or coherence".
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Despite his prominent billing, Tsutomu Sekine only has about 1.25 minutes of screen time.
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Helga's name is never spoken in the film. Erik asks for her name, but she dies before she can tell him.
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