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Erik the Viking (1989)

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Erik the Viking and his men travel across the sea to find Valhalla to ask the gods to end the Age of Ragnarok.

Director:

Terry Jones

Writer:

Terry Jones
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Robbins ... Erik
Mickey Rooney ... Erik's Grandfather
Eartha Kitt ... Freya
Terry Jones ... King Arnulf
Imogen Stubbs ... Princess Aud
John Cleese ... Halfdan the Black
Tsutomu Sekine Tsutomu Sekine ... Slavemaster
Antony Sher ... Loki
Gary Cady Gary Cady ... Keitel Blacksmith
Charles McKeown ... Sven's Dad
Tim McInnerny ... Sven the Berserk
John Gordon Sinclair ... Ivar the Boneless
Richard Ridings ... Thorfinn Skullsplitter
Freddie Jones ... Harald the Missionary
Samantha Bond ... Helga
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Storyline

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 <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Be there... or beheaded! See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | Sweden

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Erik el vikingo See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,932,642
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Helga's name is never spoken in the film. Erik asks for her name, but she dies before she can tell him. See more »

Goofs

Erik runs through waist-deep water to get on shore to get the Cloak Invisible. When he arrives in Aud's bedchamber minutes later, his pants are completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Halfdan the Black: [to his henchmen] Er, just cut his hand off.
Prisoner: Oh, Thank you my lord! Thank you a million thanks yous. You can cut them both off if you want! Thank you very much.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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Referenced in Behind the Director's Son's Cut (2007) See more »

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Classic moments
30 May 2003 | by cyclonevSee all my reviews

'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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