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A Viking Saga: The Darkest Day (2013)

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Inspired by true events. 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 ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Gareth John Bale ... Apostle
Ian Dicks Ian Dicks ... Saxon Warrior
Richard Elfyn ... Older Hereward
Lindsey Fickling Lindsey Fickling ... Saxon Warrior
Paul Gamble Paul Gamble ... Saxon Warrior
Huw Garmon Huw Garmon ... Atelic
Christopher Godwin Christopher Godwin ... Athelstan
Gareth Groombridge Gareth Groombridge ... Saxon Warrior
Ioan Hefin ... Ambushing Bowman
Aled Humphreys Aled Humphreys ... Naked Monk
Rob Jackson Rob Jackson ... Saxon Warrior
Richard James Richard James ... Apostle
Michael Jibson ... Hamal
Paul Jibson Paul Jibson ... Yngvarr
Mark Lewis Jones ... Aethelwulf


Inspired by true events. 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 capture. On his way to the monastery, he meets a fierce and skilled swordsman who answers his prayers and dedicates his life to protecting Hereward while he delivers the book. In the midst of their journey, they are confronted by Vikings ready to kill in order to get what they want, leaving Hereward and his protector at their mercy. Written by Lionsgate Marketing

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some graphic nudity and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Viking Saga: The Darkest Day See more »

Filming Locations:

South Wales, Wales, UK

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lindisfarne Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A wasted opportunity
17 March 2014 | by Antaine O'hAongusaSee all my reviews

It may have been a low budget film but it would have cost nothing to get a few people around a table with the script before filming. Come on, how many film clichés do you have to put into one film. I nearly stopped watching at one point because it was getting so bad. After each scene (and there weren't that many) I found myself asking 'would this have actually happened?'. I answered each time, 'highly unlikely'. The ending was just too funny for words. The acting was OK but I would have preferred some attempt at a Norse/Danish accent from the Vikings. I was just grateful in the end that there weren't any Americans involved (nothing personal, but American actors should never be allowed near historical productions). Finally, Vikings wearing chain mail at that time period? I doubt it.

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