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Valhalla Rising (2009)

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1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Morton ...
Stewart Porter ...
Maarten Stevenson ...
Malkolm - Pagan (as Mathew Zajac)
Gordon Brown ...
Gary McCormack ...
Andrew Flanagan ...
James Ramsey ...
Ewan Stewart ...
Rony Bridges ...
Robert Harrison ...
Roger - Christian Viking
Andy Nicolson ...
Christian Viking


1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together he and Are escape, beginning a journey into the heart of darkness. On their flight, One Eye and Are board a Viking vessel, but the ship is soon engulfed by an endless fog that clears only as the crew sights an unknown land. As the new world reveals its secrets and the Vikings confront their terrible and bloody fate, One Eye discovers his true self. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

10 March 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Buđenje Valhale  »

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£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,905 (USA) (16 July 2010)


$17,546 (USA) (23 July 2010)

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Did You Know?


Mads Mikkelsen has no dialog at all throughout the course of the film. See more »


The closing credit for "Technical Support" has a typo error "Techincal". See more »


Eirik: Where does he come from?
Are: He was brought up from hell...
Eirik: And where is this hell?
Are: On the other side of the ocean.
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Crazy Credits

"In the beginning there was only man and nature. Men came bearing crosses and drove the heathen to the fringes of the earth." See more »


Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #8.37 (2011) See more »

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True masterpiece, a work of art. Deep and raw...
28 August 2010 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

This is what i call cinema at it's true and pure essence. This movie is raw, intense and beautiful. It focuses on the human nature, throws some great concepts from Nietzsche and adds a primal yet substantial ideology on how we are connected to nature. It reminds me of Apocalypse Now and how the journey moves on. Excellent cinematography and atmosphere. It really took me into the movie and made me enjoy every single second of it.

I've read some bad reviews and seen some negative ratings on this one, and i totally understand why. This movie caught a lot of attentions because of it's title, being English spoken and also because of the trailer, but sadly it ended up in the hands of some action-popcorn-thirsty-kids. Please go see Lord of the Rings and leave the ratings to those who seek a deep and philosophical movie. I'm not an intellectual freak and i love Lord of the Rings and other blockbusters but to those not familiar with Tarkovsky, Fellini, Bertolucci or even Leone will surely dislike this movie and not be able to see it till the very end.

The soundtrack is amazingly rich and original, the visuals are stunning, the story is simple yet deep and meaningful. I would say this is a cult movie and a must see, one of the best movies ever.

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