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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 the Viking 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

King Arnulf: Now, I want you to be absolutely, totally, genuinely honest with me. Did you really, truly, honesty like it?
Erik: ...No.
King Arnulf: They didn't like it! Oh my God! I want to die!
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Crazy Credits

This film also does not involve SPAM. This will hurt Hormel's 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 The Madness and Misadventures of Munchausen (2008) See more »

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Twisted comedy with social commentary and a great anti-hero
8 April 1999 | by grendel-28See all my reviews

Well, Erik essentially IS an anti-hero - all his filmed adventures start when he sets out to right that unfortunate mishap during the looting and raping raid. Great comedic performance from Tim Robbins, very believable Industrious Torturer Cleese, unforgettable Jones as the King of high Brazil and the lovely Imogen Stubbs - what else can you ask for?! What about a magic dish cloth, you say - well, we've got that too!


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