Erik The Viking details
|Starring:||Terry Jones, Samantha Bond, Eartha Kitt, Anthony Sher, John Cleese, Imogen Stubbs, Tim Robbins, Mickey Rooney, John Gordon Sinclair|
Erik The Viking
|Run time:||1 hour 29 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Aug 2000|
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DisappointingBy a customer from Stowmarket, England , 27 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I really wanted to like this film, as I love Monty Python. But it was pretty awful stuff. John Cleese is only in about 2 scenes. Tim Robbins must be so embarrassed to have done this film. The 'special effects' are painfully terrible. I guess this film hasn't aged well in that respect. There is quite a nice story behind it all but its just not believable enough nor is it particularly funny. The only scene that really had me laughing was the Japanese galleon slave-driver who had a tirade of hilarious stereotyped insults about Westerners. But best to stick to the supreme classic that is Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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A funny little filmBy WiseOldBob (38 reviews) from York , 21 Oct 2011Who'd have though that Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemtion, Mystic River) couldn't really do comedy? And what's with the hair??
However, though the directing of Terry Jones is a little way below the bar set by fellow Python Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Twelve Monkeys, Brazil) he does make quite a nice little film, especially if you're not exactly expecting too much for your £5.99. It sort of belongs in that category, with films like 'Stardust' and 'Stand By Me' that have a certain innocuous charm that make for a pleasant evening in with your girlfriend & a coulple of bottles of plank.
And Imogen Stubbs (Nanou, The Rainbow) is, of course, gorgeous.
Almost, but not quite...By a customer from Letchworth Garden City , 03 Dec 2010Close to being a good Viking schticky comedy, but gets lost somewhere along the line. Stick to the Viking bit, and drop the tragically unfunny parts.
By this I mean Terry Jones and his singing nation of fools who just ruin this movie. They aren't funny at all and serve no purpose other than padding out the running time to make an hours TV show into a movie.
I liked the little touch with the pagan and christian magic only working on those who believed in their respective powers.
erik the vikingBy a customer from devon , 19 Nov 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHidei remember this film from years ago,very funny but where is the rest of it. there must be 20 mins of the original release missing. very disappointing.
DisappointingBy a customer from Edinburgh , 26 May 2009I remember when it first came out that everyone raved about how funny it was, and how it was very Monty Python, and contained a good proportion of that fabulous comedy troupe. The problems, are, however, numerous. Firstly, it was made in the 1980s, which just makes it appalling to start with. I mean, if you want to inflict 80s movies on yourself, rather go with the Goonies or something remotely good like that. This is just dreadful. It looks entirely stage-set with hand-made special effects. Then, to make matters worse, there's a pseudo-preachy bizarre ending which doesn't make any sense at all. I think I laughed once in the entire movie. It just wasn't funny. If you want to see a Python spin-off movie, rather go for Yellowbeard the Pirate. At least that has _some_ funny scenes.
the worst ex ponty python crew film i have ever seenBy tiredworkingmum (6 reviews) from london , 27 Sep 2008I watched it due to the cast. It was awful, did not even see it through to the end. My husband did and he sadi i did the right thing by sleeping!