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Warrior Queen (2003)

Boudica (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 12 October 2003 (USA)
Boudica, the Warrior Queen on Britain, leads her tribe into rebellion against the Roman Empire and the mad Emperor of Rome Nero.

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Bill Anderson

Writer:

Andrew Davies
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Kingston ... Boudica
Steven Waddington ... King Prasutagus
Emily Blunt ... Isolda
Leanne Rowe ... Siora
Ben Faulks ... Connach
Hugo Speer ... Dervalloc
Gary Lewis ... Magior the Shaman
Alex Hassell ... Roman Officer
James Clyde James Clyde ... Roman Sergeant
Angus Wright ... Severus
Steve John Shepherd ... Catus
Jack Shepherd ... Claudius
Gideon Turner ... Didius
Frances Barber ... Agrippina
Andrew Lee Potts ... Nero
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Storyline

It's the first century, and Rome rules the world. After her husband's death, it's left to Boudica -fierce Iceni warrior, wife of a king, and proud mother of two daughters- to unite the fractious tribes of Briton and stand against the oppressive Roman Empire. The Celtic queen who shook the Roman Empire. Wife of a king. Mother of two daughters. Leader of her tribe in first century Briton. Boudica is one of history's first and fiercest women warriors. Sickened by ceaseless war, the king of the Iceni accepts a treaty with the Romans in exchange for his tribe's continued independence. But oppressively high taxes impoverish the tribe and soon the Romans want something more - slaves. Refusing to submit, the Romans, led by the greedy and psychotic Emperor Nero, move to crush the Iceni and control their lands. When the king dies mysteriously, his wife, Boudica, is left alone to face the rapacious Romans and save her people. Drawing on the strength of her warriors, mystical druidic powers, and ... Written by lament

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Country:

UK | Romania

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.78 : 1
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In the books and the audio productions of "Doctor Who", the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker), The 7th Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and the 10th Doctor (David Tennant) encountered Boudica and yet again, the 1st Doctor (William Hartnell) met Emperor Nero, whom Boudica led her tribe in rebellion against. Alex Kingston (Boudica) plays River Song in "Doctor Who". See more »

Quotes

Boudica: Romans, you are damned. You have awakened the terrible anger of our gods and ancestors, and they will show you no mercy. We will crush your bones into the land you have desecrated. We will slit your veins and watch the blood burst from you and shower down upon our soil. We will swallow you up. And our strong green shoots will spring to life where you once stood.
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Boudica: See your gods tremble and fall before the wrath of Boudica!
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Histo-tainment, Andrew Davies style
13 October 2003 | by pmicocciSee all my reviews

I agree with the previous comments concerning this production, and I would like to add that it demonstrates a complete innocence of knowledge of Roman history as well. It's amazing that, being such puling, punkish little perverts, as they are depicted almost without exception, the Romans managed to more or less hold an empire together for another four centuries (despite the sententious pronouncement that "here the Roman Empire stands or crumbles"). The only Romans that appear to have more than a few decades on them are Claudius and Seutonius. Nero looks like he's suffering from a combination of tuberculosis and malaria; and he seems to have been conflated with Caligula, showing a penchant for strutting around in armor more appropriate in the son of a famous general who grew up in army camps in Gaul than in the haughty, patrician artist the historic Nero appears to have fancied himself to be. I guess all those emperors look the same from a distance of a couple of millennia. Also, there appears to have been a distinct lack of sunlight (not to mention personal hygiene) in the first century AD. All in all, I suppose it's slightly more authentic than an episode of Xena: Warrior Princess.


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