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Erik the Viking Director's Son's Cut

Erik the Viking — Director's Son's Cut

A hilarious all-star cast — including Tim Robbins and former Monty Pythoners Terry Jones and John Cleese — star in this inspired piece of lunacy marked by a “ funny script packed with typically weird and wonderful characters ” (Variety). Written and directed by Jones, Erik the Viking delivers that inimitable Python humor and “ consistently entertains ” (The New York Times) !

Ever since he accidentally killed a girl he was just getting to like, Erik (Robbins) has been moody. Fed up with the emptiness of life in the Dark Ages, he leads a quest to wake the gods and bring back the sun… and the girl, if she’ll have him. But along the way, Erik will have to face formidable obstacles, including a dragon with hay fever, tone-deaf islanders who love to sing, and a warlord (Cleese) who likes his ages dark and nasty !

The origin of the film

The film Erik the Viking is based on a children”s book of the same name that I [Terry Jones] wrote for my son Bill in 1984.

I’d written a book of fairy tales for my daughter Sally when she was five, so I thought I ought to do the same for Bill. But he said he wanted a continuous story, so I constructed a string of stories around the adventures of a band of Viking warriors who set off in search of the Land Where The Sun Goes At Night.

I’d read some of the Icelandic Sagas way back when we were making Monty Python the TV series (see Njall’s Saga in the third series), but I’d been surprised that they weren’t more full of magic and monsters. Instead they tend to be fascinating (but rather pedestrian) accounts of which family moved into which valley and who murdered who as a result. Scarcely any magic at all. So I decided to construct my own version of the Sagas — more in line with how I’d expected them to be.

The film doesn’t follow the stories in the book, although some do appear (in different forms), and the aim of Erik’s quest is no longer to find the Land Where The Sun Goes At Night. Instead, Erik is a Viking who is disillusioned with the life of raping and pillaging — “ Where does it get us ? ” he asks his grandfather.

He discovers that he is living in the Age of Ragnorok [sic], when Fenrir the Wolf has swallowed the sun. It is an axe-age, a sword-age, when brother will fight against brother until the world will finally be destroyed — unless he can cross the Bi-Frost [sic] the Rainbow Bridge, and go to Valhalla to wake the gods.

Jones, Terry (2007 [1989]). Erik the Viking. The Director’s Son’s Cut, DVD-Video, couleur, Beverly Hills, Erik the Viking Film Productions — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. — Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 79 minutes.

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Source : Wikipedia

In ancient times
Hundreds of years before the dawn of history
Lived and ancient race of people
The Druids
No one knows who they were
Or what they were doing
But their legacy remains
Hewn into the living rock of Stonehenge

Stonehenge
Where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live and they do live well
Stonehenge
Where a man is a man
And the children dance to the pipes of Pan

And you my love won’t you take my hand
We’ll go back in time to that mystic land
Where the dew drops cry
And the cats meow
I will take you there
I will show you how

And oh how they danced
The living children of Stonehenge
Beneath the haunted moon
For fear that daybreak may come too soon

Reiner, Rob (1984). « Stonehenge », This is Spın̈al Tap, music and lyrics by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Rob Reiner, DVD video, color, 2 min. 47 sec. (82 min.).