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The Viking Queen (1967)

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To honour her father's dying wish, Queen Salina shares the rule of Icena with Justinian, a fair and just Roman. This displeases the bloodthirsty Druids on one side and the more hard-line ... See full summary »

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Don Chaffey

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Clarke Reynolds (screenplay), John Temple-Smith (from an original story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Murray ... Justinian
Carita Carita ... Salina
Donald Houston ... Maelgan
Andrew Keir ... Octavian
Adrienne Corri ... Beatrice
Niall MacGinnis ... Tiberian
Wilfrid Lawson ... King Priam
Nicola Pagett ... Talia
Percy Herbert ... Catus
Patrick Troughton ... Tristram
Sean Caffrey Sean Caffrey ... Fergus
Denis Shaw ... Osiris
Philip O'Flynn Philip O'Flynn ... Merchant
Brendan Matthews Brendan Matthews ... Nigel
Gerry Alexander Gerry Alexander ... Fabian
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Storyline

To honour her father's dying wish, Queen Salina shares the rule of Icena with Justinian, a fair and just Roman. This displeases the bloodthirsty Druids on one side and the more hard-line Romans on the other. As Salina and Justinian fall in love their enemies start to plot, and blood soon stains the green hills of Britain. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The most barbaric spectacle ever brought to the screen! See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rainha Viking See more »

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Budget:

£471,000 (estimated)
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Hammer Films See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Carita's only starring role in a film. Her only other on screen appearance was a small role in Ladies' Man (1962). See more »

Goofs

Production equipment clearly visible at end of opening scene, when Tristram (Patrick Troughton) rides away from Romans in chariot. Look for a light blue cloth covering a cart of white and stainless steel objects, perhaps the film crew's lunch wagon, just as the chariot turns away. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to heavily edit shots of Salina being stripped and flogged, and scenes of caged prisoners being lowered into a fiery pit. The 2006 Optimum DVD is uncut. See more »

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Featured in The World of Hammer: Lands Before Time (1994) See more »

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It's Hammer Time!
6 July 2001 | by scorpio-xSee all my reviews

Ah, yes, let us now all take a moment and consider our debt to the fine British gentlemen of Hammer Films, who kept the 60s and 70s full of luridly colored historo-horror epics. Arguably, the essence of the Hammer style is 1,001 ways to nearly show naked breasts, and "The Viking Queen" is a high example of such. The queen of the title seems to be based on Bodicea, bloodthirsty queen of the Britons. Still, she is a Viking, even though she is supposedly British, and queen of the Druids, even though they all worship the Greek god Zeus. Whatever. Said queen is played by "International Beauty" Carita in a style so rigid that "wooden" doesn't even cover it. This was her only film--I believe she was actually a hairstylist and did Jane Fonda's astonishing do's in the Euro-Poe flick "Spirits of the Dead." Starring opposite her as her hot-panted, eyeliner-ed Roman love interest is Don Murray, a long way from Marilyn Monroe and the "Bus Stop."

Still, my favorite scene is where the British-Viking-Greek-Druids are sacrificing Romans to the fiery pit and there's this great awkward moment where some kind of assistant priest has to climb down from the big rock and stoke the fire for the next human sacrifice while all the other British-Viking-Greek-Druids stand waiting impatiently. I hate it when that happens.


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