Erik the Viking

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  • Fantasy films
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Terry Jones' post-Python frolic, inspired by his own Norse saga children's book, is not a funny film, and neither well-directed nor exciting. Robbins plays a kind of lovelorn gentle giant, dismayed by the daily drudgery of conquest, pillage and rape, who seeks enlightenment from a cave-dwelling seer/hag (Kitt). This is the Dark Age of Ragnarok, she tells him, which will end in an orgy of fighting and destructiveness. He thus sets out with a long-ship full of squabbling warriorswith names like Sven the Berserk and Thorfinn Skullsplitter, to awaken the gods with the Horn Resounding so that they may usher in the new era of peace and light. In pursuit are snivelling Loki (Sher), maker of weapons, and the very-evil-indeed Halfdan the Black (Cleese). There's a certain precocious schoolboy mentality at work in the film: an indulgent delight in making fantasies come to life. Its disarming mix of blood-and-muck realism, researched detail, and soaring wish-fulfillment, wonder and irreverence, does provide lots of small incidental pleasures.

Release details

Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Terry Jones
Screenwriter: Terry Jones
Cast: Tim Robbins
Mickey Rooney
Eartha Kitt
Terry Jones
Imogen Stubbs
John Cleese
Tsutomu Sekine
Antony Sher
Gary Cady
Charles McKeown
Tim McInnerny
John Gordon Sinclair
Freddie Jones
Jim Broadbent
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