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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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

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Lindisfarne Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Well Done - Not for Everyone
5 June 2019 | by westyrcpSee all my reviews

Based on a noted event, the Anglo-Saxon Abbey on Lindisfarne Is. off the coast of Northumbria, England is attacked and ransacked by Scandinavian marauders. It reflects the Norse transition from the Vendel era to the Viking era. The case cover depicts a horned helmeted, leather strapped, bulked up warrior -- none of that is actually true.

The cinematography is really quite good, the period dress and appearances quite accurate, and the absence of any real bling for modern viewers is understandable in a film where realism is intended. Real Vikings, after long ocean voyages, were quite filthy with mostly poor diets and just not always the clean blondes people have been raised to expect.

A point that another mentioned is doubt the Vikings wore chain-mail as depicted but actually they did, even before the Viking era, and it's always been a point of contention between historians as to how that came to be. Possibilities including contact with remote people like the Romans or Sarmatians who were already wearing it.

The film is more of a human interest story as we follow the few actors almost like a documentary. I don't recall hardly any special effects and the military action people might expect from the cover is limited.

Before you view or purchase perhaps have a look at some of the trailers on YouTube. As a history nut I really enjoyed it


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