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Valhalla Rising (2009)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | 10 March 2010 (France)
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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 ...
Jamie Sives ...
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?


Nicolas Winding Refn freely admitted that he had no interest in Vikings. See more »


When 'One Eye' is carrying Bardes decapitated head the headband on it is white in color, but when he puts it on the spike it's black. See more »


Viking chief: He's never belonged to anyone for more than 5 years, your time has passed, mine has come.
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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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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king
5 June 2010 | by (Tuebingen, Germany) – See all my reviews

Well, I'm not sure how to put this.

This isn't the movie you would expect. This is a raw and gritty movie, a festival for your eyes, a rare piece of art that dispenses with dialogue, plot and laws of logic for the sake of great cinematography/photography, gripping ambiance and mythology. VALHALLA RISING rendered me speechless. I can't even tell you if it's good - I just want to tell you that it's worth watching. Every minute of it. It is an experience.

We do not learn much of our (anti-)hero: a warrior-slave, Mads Mikkelsen, is freed from captivity and bands with a group of crusaders who intend on heading to the Holy Land, yet end up, well, in their own little hell.

There isn't much more to say to the plot, for it hardly matters - mythology matters here, the grand sceneries matter, and the underlying message matters. It aims at showing us how superfluous the Christian God seems in a world of violence; life as a farce in the face of intangible evil. Will you desert your (Christian) God when the time has come? Here lies its main agenda: in a world of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. He is indeed, he ties us to the elemental powers, and rises above.

A piece of art. Take your time, be patient, and you will enjoy it like no movie before.

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