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A Viking Saga: The Darkest Day -- Inspired by true events, A VIKING SAGA: THE DARKEST DAY follows one monk on his journey to deliver a book of great power as he falls into a violent and bloody world of murder.
A Viking Saga: The Darkest Day -- Cast into a violent and bloody world of murder, Hereward, a novice monk, must deliver the Holy Gospel of Lindisfarne - a book of great beauty and power - to the safety of the Iona monastery, while being pursued by a Viking death squad hell- bent on its ca
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Gareth John Bale ... Apostle
Ian Dicks ... Saxon Warrior
Richard Elfyn ... Older Hereward
Lindsey Fickling ... Saxon Warrior
Paul Gamble ... Saxon Warrior
Huw Garmon ... Atelic
Christopher Godwin ... Athelstan
Gareth Groombridge ... Saxon Warrior

Ioan Hefin ... Ambushing Bowman
Aled Humphreys ... Naked Monk
Rob Jackson ... Saxon Warrior
Richard James ... Apostle

Michael Jibson ... Hamal
Paul Jibson ... Yngvarr

Mark Lewis Jones ... Aethelwulf
Fraser Maclennan ... Saxon Warrior
Gary Mavers ... Drengr
Jason May ... Arn
Darren Mitchell ... Saxon Warrior
Wayne Morgan ... Saxon Warrior
Duncan Morris-Metcalfe ... Saxon Warrior
John Paget ... Naked Monk
Sarah Parks ... Denegifu

Marc Pickering ... Hereward
Mike Rees ... Saxon Warrior
Simon Rees ... Saxon Warrior

Elen Rhys ... Eara
Joshua Richards ... Hadrada
Will Scott ... Saxon Warrior
Peter Sexton ... Naked Monk
Richard Shackley ... Iona Monk
Dereck Shipway ... Saxon Warrior
Martyn Smythe ... Saxon Warrior
Thomas Straw ... Saxon Warrior
Nathan Sussex ... Slean
Mathew Thomas ... Saxon Warrior
Gerald Tyler ... Christ
Darren Webber ... Saxon Warrior
Steve Williams ... Saxon Warrior

Directed by
Chris Crow 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chris Crow  writer
Graham Davidson  writer

Produced by
Graham Davidson .... producer
Craig Osborne .... line producer
Antony Smith .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Rutherford 
Cinematography by
Alex Metcalfe (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Chris Crow 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dafydd James-Parry .... first assistant director
Delyth Jones .... second assistant director
Jenny Morgan .... third assistant director
Sound Department
Ian Abraham .... dialogue editor
Ian Abraham .... production sound mixer
Ian Abraham .... sound re-recording mixer
Ian Abraham .... supervising sound editor
Hayley Baldwin .... sound post-production assistant
Sarah James .... boom operator
Gethin Rhys Jones .... foley artist/sound designer
Jordan Pedder .... sound effects editor
Jordan Pedder .... sound supervisor
Carys Thomas .... sound post-production assistant
Edward Tristram .... foley artist
Edward Tristram .... sound designer
Visual Effects by
Richard Baldwin .... cg artist
Penri Mainwaring .... roto artist/compositor
Daniel Roberts .... roto artist/compositor
Aaron Stewart .... lead visual effects artist/compositor
Chick Allan .... fight choreographer: cast
Camera and Electrical Department
Sean A. Harding .... first assistant camera
Jeremy Middleton .... second assistant camera
Andrew Trace .... focus puller
Music Department
Mark Rutherford .... film score producer
Mark Rutherford .... music score mixer
Mark Rutherford .... score instrumentalist
Other crew
Jay Powrie .... epk producer

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Rated R for violence, some graphic nudity and brief language
USA:88 min
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53 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
A nice little gem, 22 June 2013
Author: je2643

I gave it a higher rating then it deserves but this is to offset the lower ratings for which it does not deserve. A tale of vikings raiding saxon territory, and the viking leader seeking a book which is supposed to be a holy relic of Christ as he feels it has power which he can use for his own advantage. The story follows the young monk who is the only survivor of a monastery where the book was kept, and his flight from the vikings. He is aided by a British warrior nobleman, and later on another (I leave unnoted so as to not spoil).

There are a few moments where it plods a touch, but overall I thought it well done. It is brutal in parts, but back in 733AD (when this takes place - part of the dark ages) it was brutal times. I thought the acting was good, the cinematography very good and it had gripping moments. Most of what happens is I think fairly predictable, but how many movies are not? There are always flaws in movies, but I think the ones in the movie can be overlooked plot wise. I have watched a thousand movies rated 5-6 that were not as good as this one at it current 3.5 rating, so I have no idea what the panning is about.

Just be advised, this is not a movie for children. There are brutal scenes of violence (and more) in the movie - entirely keeping within the character of the times and setting but stark just the same.

The published plot line indicates this movie is based upon a true story, or at least some sort of folklore. I have no idea of the accuracy or merit of that contention, and it seems to me it really does not matter.

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