Erik The Viking

Mythology according to writer-director Terry Jones, former Monty Python member, ERIK THE VIKING is based on stories Jones wrote for his seven-year-old son. The eponymous Erik (Tim Robbins), tired of raping and pillaging, visits the soothsayer Freya (Eartha Kitt) and asks her how to stop the destruction of the dark, war-plagued Age of Ragnarok. She sends...read more

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Mythology according to writer-director Terry Jones, former Monty Python member, ERIK THE VIKING is based on stories Jones wrote for his seven-year-old son. The eponymous Erik (Tim Robbins), tired of raping and pillaging, visits the soothsayer Freya (Eartha Kitt) and asks her how to stop

the destruction of the dark, war-plagued Age of Ragnarok. She sends him on a quest to the Atlantis-like Hy-Brasil to find the Horn Resounding, which he must sound three times in order to wake the gods. Then the long winter of Ragnarok will give way to a new golden age. It's a nice idea that

doesn't quite work. Jones has said he conceived the film as an adventure, but ERIK THE VIKING lacks that genre's edge-of-the-seat pace and tension. In fact it's more like a collection of extended comedy bits than a full-length feature. There are, however, some unforgettable performances, including

a delightful turn by director Jones himself as King Arnulf of Hy-Brasil. John Cleese is also marvelous as the villainous Halfdan the Black. But Tim Robbins (BULL DURHAM) looks terribly confused in the lead, and Mickey Rooney is badly miscast in a cameo as Erik's grandfather. Despite its many

flaws, children will probably enjoy ERIK THE VIKING.

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