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Valhalla Rising -- A savage one-eyed Viking warrior and a young runaway embark on a dangerous odyssey, in this action packed epic.
Valhalla Rising -- 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.


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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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mads Mikkelsen ... One Eye
Alexander Morton ... Barde - Pagan
Stewart Porter ... Kenneth - Pagan
Maarten Stevenson ... The Boy - Pagan

Matthew Zajac ... Malkolm - Pagan (as Mathew Zajac)
Gordon Brown ... Hagen - Christian Viking
Gary McCormack ... Hauk - Christian Viking
Andrew Flanagan ... Gudmond - Christian Viking
James Ramsey ... Gudmund - Christian Viking

Gary Lewis ... Kare - Christian Viking

Jamie Sives ... Gorm - Christian Viking
Ewan Stewart ... Eirik - Christian Viking
Rony Bridges ... Magnus - Christian Viking
Robert Harrison ... Roger - Christian Viking
Andy Nicolson ... Christian Viking

Douglas Russell ... Olaf - Christian Viking
Garry Sweeney ... Christian Viking
Tashi Tsering ... Indian
Lhasam Gedun ... Indian
Palden Tsering ... Indian
Pasang Manor ... Indian
Wangdu Dorjee ... Indian
Dawa Norbu ... Indian
Lhabhum Sershi ... Indian
Tsultrim Gyatso ... Indian
Tsewang Phuntsok ... Indian

Tsering Dorjee ... Indian
Lobsang Griffiths-Golba ... Indian
Pasang Dorjee ... Indian
Tenzin Jigdal ... Indian
Phurbu Rinzin ... Indian
Lobsang Palden ... Indian
Jamyang Chophel ... Indian
Nagwang Kunchok ... Indian
Tashi Dhondup ... Indian
Nawang Anja-Tsang ... Indian
Tashi Sangpo Murik ... Indian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Embree ... Viking Fighter (uncredited)
P.B. McBeath ... Man with pike (uncredited)

Callum Mitchell ... Pagan Viking Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicolas Winding Refn 
Writing credits
Nicolas Winding Refn (written by) and
Roy Jacobsen (written by)

Matthew Read (additional writing)

Produced by
Christine Alderson .... executive producer
Johnny Andersen .... producer
Lene Børglum .... executive producer
Yves Chevalier .... executive producer
Henrik Danstrup .... producer
Bo Ehrhardt .... producer
Eva Jakobsen .... assistant producer: Nimbus
Linda James .... executive producer
Mads Peter Ole Olsen .... executive producer
Carole Sheridan .... executive producer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson .... executive producer (as Joni Sighvatsson)
Thor Sigurjonsson .... executive producer (as Thorir Sigurjónsson)
Karen Smyth .... co-producer
Original Music by
Peter Kyed 
Peter Peter  (as Peterpeter)
Cinematography by
Morten Søborg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Matthew Newman  (as Mat Newman)
Casting by
Des Hamilton 
Production Design by
Laurel Wear 
Art Direction by
Natalie Astridge 
Allie Milligan 
Costume Design by
Gill Horn 
Makeup Department
Hollie Armstrong .... hair stylist: dailies
Hollie Armstrong .... makeup artist: dailies
Lily Beckett .... hair stylist: dailies
Lily Beckett .... makeup artist: dailies
Jim Bones .... prosthetics: moulding
Maria Cork .... prosthetics
Jessica Cruickshank .... hair stylist assistant
Jessica Cruickshank .... makeup artist assistant
Maxine Dallas .... hair stylist
Maxine Dallas .... makeup artist
Barbara Findlay .... hair stylist: dailies
Barbara Findlay .... makeup artist: dailies
Chris Fitzpatrick .... prosthetics
Fiona Harvey .... hair stylist: dailies
Fiona Harvey .... makeup artist: dailies
Ashley Higgins .... hair stylist trainee
Ashley Higgins .... makeup artist trainee
Duncan Jarman .... prosthetics
Niamh Morrison .... makeup designer
Aileen Mullen .... hair stylist trainee
Aileen Mullen .... makeup artist trainee
Stephen Murphy .... prosthetics make up artist
Natalie Pacini .... hair stylist trainee (as Natalie Pancini)
Natalie Pacini .... makeup artist trainee (as Natalie Pancini)
Nicole Stafford .... hair stylist: dailies
Nicole Stafford .... makeup artist: dailies
Tristan Versluis .... prosthetics
Production Management
Jeanette Haley .... post-production supervisor
Matt Jones .... unit manager
Suzanne Reid .... production manager
Emma Zee .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marissa Carrera .... third assistant director (as Marissa Carrara)
Will Cummins .... third assistant director
Alison Goring .... second assistant director
Ronaldo Nacionales .... first assistant director
Nickie Sault .... first assistant director
Art Department
Bob Barclay .... construction: B Scenic Construction
Frank Boyd .... art department assistant
Wendy Cairns .... art department assistant
Wendy Cairns .... production buyer
Berengere Chabanis .... prop maker
Kenny Daniel .... prop maker (as Kenneth Daniel)
Mark Di Meo .... art department assistant
Lydia Farrell .... art department trainee
Christian Fenwicke-Clennell .... construction: B Scenic Construction
Ufuk Gueray .... prop maker
Maria Ledinskaya .... prop maker
Daniel MacDonell .... assistant stand-by props (as Dan MacDonell)
Colin MacInnes .... stand-by construction
Suzanne McAleer .... prop maker
Daniel McConnell .... prop maker
Russell McGovern .... art department runner
Aoife McKim .... prop maker
Robert Mitchell .... prop maker
Dave More .... construction: B Scenic Construction
Pauline O'Donnell .... prop maker
John Patterson .... art department assistant
David Ramsay .... stand-by props
Federico Redaelli .... prop maker
Alan Reid .... prop maker
Kate Robertson .... prop maker
James Tannock .... art department assistant
Wendy Cairns .... prop maker (uncredited)
Jake Drummond .... carpenter (uncredited)
Daniel MacDonell .... dressing props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Iain Anderson .... foley recordist
Iain Anderson .... sound re-recording mixer
Colin Gregory .... sound maintenance
Tom Griffiths .... assistant sound editor
Howard Halsall .... dialogue editor
Kahl Henderson .... adr recordist
Giles Lamb .... sound designer
Douglas MacDougall .... sound designer
Micheal MacKinnon .... foley
Cameron Mercer .... sound recordist
Chris Sinclair .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Walsh .... sound trainee
Linda Wylie .... sound coordinator
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby (uncredited)
Jamie Young .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joanna Dewar-Gibb .... special effects manager (as Joanna Dewar Gibb)
Dave Evans .... special effects technician
Mark Holdcroft .... special effects technician
Rick Jotle .... special effects: equipment
Mike Kelt .... special effects supervisor
Matt Loader .... special effects technician
Nick Martin .... special effects technician
Keith Nairm .... special effects technician (as Keith Nairn)
Ken Petrie .... special effects technician
Robin Pollok .... special effects technician
Amelia Rowe .... special effects trainee
Visual Effects by
Edward Andrews .... visual effects artist: Dragon DI (as Edd Andrews)
James Ballard .... visual effects artist: Dragon DI
Myfanwy Harris .... lead visual effects artist: Dragon DI
Rob Cooper .... stunt performer
James Embree .... stunt performer
Rick English .... stunt performer
James Grogan .... stunt performer
Mike Lambert .... stunt performer
Guy List .... stunt performer
Tony Lucken .... stunt coordinator
Erol Mehmet .... stunt performer
Julian Spencer .... stunt coordinator
Ally McClelland .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Freddie Bonfanti .... gaffer
Ian Harrison .... studio rigger
Stuart Hurley .... studio spark
Jo Irvine .... still photographer (as Joanne Irvine)
Alan Jaap .... stand-by rigger
Anna James .... second assistant camera
Patrick Murray .... lighting assistant
Jon Priddle .... first assistant camera
Derrick Ritchie .... rigging gaffer
Dean Rogers .... still photographer
Angus Thomson .... video assist
Hatti Beanland .... red camera technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Claire Catterson .... casting assistant
Laura Donnelly .... crowd casting coordinator
Kimberley O'Neill .... casting assistant
Caroline Stewart .... casting assistant
Kay Gannon .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alison J. Johnston .... costume dailies
Camille Moohan .... costume assistant
Fiona Stewart .... costume trainee
Kathryn Tart .... costume supervisor
Dena Thanopoulos .... costume dailies
Editorial Department
Siobhan Boyes .... post-production coordinator
Fiona Cairns .... post technical assistant
Michele De Benedetti .... digital intermediate technician: Dragon DI
Jakob Dueholm .... editing facilities: Kong Gulerod
Tanya Fallenius .... assembly editor
Julie Harding .... digital intermediate producer: Dragon DI
Rob May .... colorist: Dragon DI
Lewis McInnes .... editor trainee
Tony Ray .... digital intermediate executive producer: Dragon DI
Andreas Rostock .... technical support
Jakob Schaumburg .... editing facilities: Edithouse
Martin Scoones .... colorist: laboratory, Technicolor London
Paul J. Wright .... digital intermediate technical manager: Dragon DI
Søren Green .... post-production manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Anne Miller .... music publisher
Transportation Department
Stuart Cadenhead .... driver
Andy Hodgson .... driver
Vincent Hunter .... driver
Craig McLaren .... driver
Christopher Pavey .... driver (as Chris Pavey)
Angus Thomson .... driver: camera car
Wayne Wright .... unit driver
Other crew
Rachel Anderson .... staff: La Belle Allée
Bethan Bannister .... investment executive: The Wales Creative IP Fund
Mary Brehony .... legal services: Scottish Screen
Duncan Broadfoot .... location runner
Stuart Cadenhead .... runner
Neil Cairns .... accountant
Ruth Coulter .... crowd coordinator
Bethan Cousins .... fund manager: The Wales Creatice IP Fund
Victoria Dabbs .... production coordinator
John Ensby .... laboratory contact: Technicolor London
Julie Falconer .... unit nurse: Star Nurses
Julie Foster .... tutor
Peter Fowler .... marine coordinator
Joanne Gemmill .... unit nurse: Star Nurses
Lindsay Goodall .... production secretary
Anna Griffin .... personal assistant to director
Glynn Henderson .... health and safety officer
Andy Hodgson .... runner
Vincent Hunter .... runner
Paul Imrie .... assistant accountant
Louise Jacobsen .... legal services: Natixis Coficiné, Per Neumann Aps
Jacob Jarek .... assistant to producer: Nimbus
Christopher Key .... editor: making-of documentary
Lise Krogsgaard .... controller: Nimbus
Mamie Lang .... chaperone
Dolina Macfarlane .... script supervisor
Jules MacIver .... unit nurse: Star Nurses
Allan MacQuarrie .... historical consultant (as Dr. Allan MacQuarrie)
Emma Mager .... completion guarantee: International Film Guarantors
Jacqui McBride .... accounts assistant (as Jacqueline McBride)
Linda McClure .... legal service: Scottish Screen
Leslie Ann McCluskey .... chaperone
Craig McLaren .... runner
Christos Michaels .... legal services: The Wales Creative IP Fund, Lee and Thompson Solicitors
Sarah Morrison .... production runner
Duncan Muggoch .... location manager
Stephen Murphy .... legal services: The Wales Creative IP Fund, Lee and Thompson Solicitors
Sandra Nelson .... unit nurse: Star Nurses
Per Neumann .... legal services: Natixis Coficiné, Per Neumann Aps
Christian Otty .... floor runner
Christopher Pavey .... runner (as Chris Pavey)
Abigail Payne .... legal services: Blind Eye Productions, Harbottle and Lewis
Saskia Pomeroy .... personal assistant to director
Luke Randolph .... completion guarantee: International Film Guarantors
Pernille Norén Rasmussen .... payroll: Nimbus (as Pernille Norén-Rasmussen)
Graeme Reid .... location runner
Katrine Schlüter .... legal services: One Eye Production, Johan Schlüter Law Form (as Katrine Schlüter Schierbeck)
Claudia Siesbye .... assistant to producer: Nimbus
Bob Smith .... mountain health and safety
Shellie Smith .... completion guarantee: International Film Guarantors
Judy Shaw Stewart .... tutor
Stef Swiatek .... unit nurse: Star Nurses (as Stefanie Swiatek)
Mette Sø .... researcher
Ross Thatcher .... chaperone
Claus Thobo-Carlsen .... head of administration: Nimbus
Michelle Tierney .... staff: La Belle Allée
Christophe Vidal .... bank production loan: Natixis Coficiné
Elaine Walsh .... staff: La Belle Allée
Jeff Ward .... life guard
Chick Allan .... team leader (uncredited)
Anna Cameron McKessock .... cast associate (uncredited)
Eugene Talbot .... personal trainer (uncredited)
Oliver Winding .... dedicatee

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93 min | Canada:90 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Cast at the same time as Refn's Bronson (2008). At one point, he was in post-production on Bronson (2008) and pre-production on Valhalla Rising (2009) simultaneously.See more »
Continuity: When the General stabs the Priest in the back, his dagger and sword have changed hands when the shot switches to behind the General.See more »
Viking chief:He's never belonged to anyone for more than 5 years, your time has passed, mine has come.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in NWR (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2012) (TV)See more »


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112 out of 209 people found the following review useful.
The Valhalla Gates are open, but the Gods are sleeping …, 22 April 2010
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Damn! This was, like, the most frustrating kind of cinematic disappointment you can imagine. On one hand you expect a completely different and much more virulent kind of action movie, but on the other hand you totally can't claim that this was a terrible movie. Okay, admittedly, I expected non-stop swashbuckling, blood-dripping Viking spectacle and relentless violence from "Valhalla Rising", but can you blame me? The title and the awesome film poster, depicting a chained warrior with only one eye and war symbols painted on his muscular chest, alone were enough to make my mouth water. There are far too few genuine Viking movies out there, and since this is a local Scandinavian product, I honestly assumed it would have been a kick-ass movie. Instead, "Valhalla Rising" is a slowly unfolding and brooding epic with melancholic themes and unimaginably beautiful photography. Mads Mikkelsen, Denmark most talented actor even though he doesn't speak a single word in this film, stars as the charismatic and fierce warrior One-Eye (aptly baptized by his 10-year-old travel companion) who lives the miserable life in captivity. Viking tribes use him as their deadliest weapon in random gladiator games until, one day; he breaks his chains and regains freedom. Followed around by the one boy who treated him somewhat decently, One-Eye joins a clan of self-acclaimed crusaders intending to travel to Jerusalem with a vessel and re-conquer the holy land of God. The pacing is incredibly (at times even intolerably) slow and there's hardly any dialog in the film at all. More than once, "Valhalla Rising" actually reminded me of the legendary spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leone, and particularly "Once Upon A Time in the West". That movie – one of the greatest ones ever made, by the way – is also very slow and seemingly purposeless, but simultaneously boosts an atmosphere that is consistently ominous and unsettling. "Valhalla Rising" exists of multiple chapters, seven in total if I remember correctly, but nevertheless maintains a simple and chronological narrative. The crusade to Jerusalem is a marvelous symbolic criticism towards warfare in the name of religion; although I remain convinced the journey could have used action & bloodshed instead of hints at supernaturalism. Mikkelsen (the bad dude in Casino Royale) is terrific and it's remarkable how he must trained to get a body like that, but his character could have been so much more fascinating. Writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn ("Fear X", "Bronson") is definitely courageous and visionary, but I just hope that his film won't be misinterpreted or inaccurately promoted. If sold as a wildly exciting and blood-soaked Viking spectacle in Hollywood or so, "Valhalla Rising" is bound to become very unpopular.

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