May 1917. Sixteen year old Indiana Jones joins an international trio of spies plotting against their German counterparts in the neutral city of Barcelona. After his old acquaintance Pablo ... See full summary »
Sean Patrick Flanery,
Erik the Viking gathers warriors from his village and sets out on a dangerous journey to Valhalla, to ask the gods to end the Age of Ragnorok and allow his people to see sunlight again. A Pythonesque satire of Viking life.Written by
Alexander Lum <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This film is not based on the children's book "The Saga Of Erik The Viking" by Terry Jones (Although he hopes it will help the sales) See more »
The UK cinema version was cut by 37 secs for a 12 certificate with edits to the opening rape of Helga. Video releases were upgraded to a 15 but featured a shorter print: 7 minutes were cut to tighten the movie. The current DVD (known as the "Director's Son's Cut") features both the video version and an even shorter (75 minute) print. See more »
'Erik' was quite cute and had some absolutely brilliant moments but overall wasn't as tight and consistently funny as I was hoping. There were quite a few sections that seemed to wander along pointlessly; what a pity!
Tim Robbins was fine in a cutesy, little boy way which is, I guess, what he was supposed to be. I couldn't help wishing he had a tad more substance. Cleese's role seemed generally uninspired with only brief moments of genius. It was fun, however, seeing Tim McInnerny pre-Blackadder-"Captain Darling" days and Antony Sher made an excellent "trickster" Loki.
It's possible that the print I rented from my local video shop was a bit more dingy than the original, but the stunning scenery (filmed in Norway, Malta and England) lost its effect.
Despite these negatives, it's certainly worth watching at least once, if only for those inspired moments of comedy it contains.
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