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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.

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Rape, gore, pillage, murder... and some really lovely scenery. See more »


Certificate:

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,543, 24 September 1989

Gross USA:

$1,932,642

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,932,642
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although in many ways a fantasy film, a certain amount of historical accuracy was intended. Most notably, not one horned helmet is seen in the entire movie. See more »

Goofs

When Halfdan the Black arrives at Hy-Brasil Erik and he's men sets out to stop him in a Longship (aka. Viking ship). This seems a bit unlikely since this type of ship is mostly known to have been made in Scandinavia. We have only seen Erik bringing one Longship but that ship sunk the night before after a close encounter with "The Dragon of the North Sea". See more »

Quotes

Princess Aud: But, but you loved her all the same?
Erik: We never went to bed together.
Princess Aud: Why do you go on about that?
Erik: You have been to bed with somebody else, haven't you?
Princess Aud: I've never loved anybody!
Erik: I've never been to bed with anybody!
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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 »

Connections

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

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An enjoyable tour of the viking legends
28 December 2003 | by suemccartinSee all my reviews

This movie was a brainchild of the venerable Pythons (Monty python's flying circus, Yellowbeard, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian) and while only a couple of them are in it, it has their usual stamp of silliness and political incorrectness. The python troup has several history professors among it and thus their historical flicks, while silly, also usually manage to work some real history into the mix. Anyone familiar with the viking belief system and legends will really enjoy this movie for its correctness and attention to detail in that regard. While there are many amusing parts of the movie, I found the Christian priest that accompanyied them and couldn't see any of the viking gods (because that was not his belief system), perhaps the most amusing part of the whole movie.


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