The Viking Queen (1967)

The Viking Queen

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Set in first century England, The Viking Queen is a loose retelling of the legend of Boadicea (also sometimes known as Boudica), the queen of the native Britons, who were known as the Iceni. In the year 60 A.D., the Roman governor general Justinian (Don Murray) attempts to rule over the island from wisdom as well as strength, believing that winning over the hearts of the Iceni people will work better for the Empire than brutalizing them. He has help from his cultured advisor Tiberion (Niall … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Clarke Reynolds
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 27, 2004
Runtime:

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Cast


as Justinian

as Salina

as Maelgan

as Octavian

as Tiberion

as Beatrice

as Priam of Troy

as Dominic

as Boniface

as Shopkeeper's Wife

as Old Man at Tax Enqui...

as Nubian Girl-Slave
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Critic Reviews for The Viking Queen

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Silly Sword-and-Sandal costume pic that takes itself so seriously.

Full Review… | October 24, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

October 5, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

Audience Reviews for The Viking Queen

I am a big fan of the Hammer Studios but they should stick to your guns, if it's vampires, werewolfs, zombies, mummies, I am sold - Hell, I dont even mind seeing an old crazy Bette Davis but a retelling of the Boadicea ? Nope, that did not work out all and it's not even wicked enough to be entertaining as some sort of whacko B-Movie. This is just bland, pointless and uninspired with some sexy druid rituals and half-naked women thrown in to tick that box of celtploitation at least. Anyhow, this is worth passing by.

HenrikSchunk
Henrik Schunk

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They say never let the truth get in the way of telling a good story. Perhaps with The Viking Queen, some truth ought to have been thrust in the way of this story, least then it may have been more exciting.

The film is not based on any actual historical events, just loosely, or shall we say "inspired" by history. Problem is, the fiction concocted by the writers isn't compelling enough to justify the abandonment of history. That said, the movie is watchable as a swords and sandals type soap opera romp. Certainly looks impressive, given its limited budget. It has some good sets, costumes and the photography was quite nice.

A couple of trivia notes:

This film was One-and-Done for its star Carita, a Finnish model, who, it seems, wasn't much impressed with the glamor of filmmaking and went straight back to modeling afterwards, never to return.

Also, there's supposedly a famous goof in this film: an extra, dressed as a Roman soldier, is seen wearing a wristwatch! However, after just watching the movie and looking out for this goof, I couldn't spot it anywhere. So I suspect this could be a myth itself, created to add an aura of infamy to this otherwise forgotten film. As they say, Never let the truth get in the way of telling a good story, eh?

billfenner1967
Jeremy Bolton

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