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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.

Director:

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:

Warrior Queen See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Fight director Roberta Brown and technical advisor Chris Halstead trained Alex Kingston in sword-fighting and riding a chariot in the suburban neighborhood of Los Angeles. But during training, a policeman arrived. Alex Kingston explained about Boudica, and the policeman, who liked to research historical figures, was impressed asked when Boudica would be on television, and allowed them to continue training. See more »

Quotes

Severus: We want to build a true partnership here. In this case, we'll work together to subdue all the surrounding tribes, thus extending Prasutagus's kingdom and allowing it to flourish without the threat of bloody conflict.
Dervalloc: Well, I say we kill these Romans now. Send them back to their emperor in pieces.
Prasutagus's men: Yeah!
King Prasutagus: [to his men] Hold still. Hold your tongues.
[to Dervalloc]
King Prasutagus: Dervalloc, these are our guests, and I will not suffer them to be threatened and insulted.
Boudica: [to Severus] Our people are poets. When ...
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Boudica
29 September 2003 | by malcolm_murraySee all my reviews

Boudica is, by TV standards, a big-scale romp, with large battle scenes and predictable displays of Roman decadence sitting alongside an attempt, expected from writer Andrew Davies, to add some historical focus and modern relevance.

Alex Kingston is in commanding form as the flame-haired warrior queen. It's the type of role she is moulded for - feisty and forceful with just a hint of no-nonsense sex. She does seem to look more like Mel Gibson in Braveheart as the film progresses, but her big pep talk to the troops is at least as powerful as Mel's. In the generally fine supporting cast, Gary Lewis is stoutly impressive as a seemingly magically abled priest supporter of Boudica; Jack Shepherd makes the most of the stammering Claudius, and Andrew Lee Potts, despite coming across like a spoilt brat and a half-dressed drag act, has fun with the positively loathsome Nero.

Add in some fairly strong gore, amusing sex and tolerable use of modern language and Boudica falls somewhere between bodice-ripper and historical epic. Good fun all round. 7/10


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