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The Viking Queen (1967)

Don Murray , Carita , Don Chaffey  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Murray, Carita, Donald Houston, Andrew Keir, Adrienne Corri
  • Directors: Don Chaffey
  • Writers: John Temple-Smith, Clarke Reynolds
  • Producers: John Temple-Smith
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 1999
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IBRO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,813 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Viking Queen" on IMDb

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Good December 2, 2005
By Wuchak
I'm a bit surprised at some of the low reviews for "The Viking Queen;" I've watched it three times now and my appreciation for this 1967 Hammer flick has increased with each viewing.

The biggest criticism is that Salena is a Celt and the movie should therefore be titled "The Celtic Queen." Yet this is explained right at the beginning of the story: Her father chooses her to reign after his death and says, "Like your mother you shall be called 'the Viking Queen.'" So, Salena is the Viking Queen simply because her mother was of Viking ancestry.

One may argue that the Vikings didn't exist for another 700 years (the story takes place shortly after the time of Christ) but "Viking" is simply a collective designation of Nordic people -- Danes, Swedes and Norwegians. And even IF the word "Viking" didn't exist at the time of the film's setting, so what? Just imagine Salena's father saying, "You shall be called the Nordic Queen."

Another major gripe is that the Druids improperly pray to Zeus, a Greek God. Although this is a legitimate beef, the filmmakers obviously chose to do this because the Druids lacked a recognizable deity. This problem is rectified by simply supplanting the word "Zeus" with the Druid deity of your choice when hearing the Druids pray in the film (Bet you can't think of ONE Druid deity, can you?).

The story is roughly based on the historical Boudicca, queen of the Iceni, a British tribe. Her impressive revolt against the Roman occupants included the sack of London (then Londinium) and the death of some 70,000 Romans (!). The Roman governor of Britain ultimately destroyed Boudicca's force; in despair, she killed herself by taking poison in 60 AD.

In "The Viking Queen" you'll certainly get a good glimpse of what this era was like.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viking Queen, simply fun... August 18, 2002
Viking Queen is a low budget 60's film, with some great costumes, great dialog, and little historical accuracy.
Why did I give it a high rating? Viking Queen, is simply a hell of a lot of fun!
Carita stars as Celtic Princess, Selena, who must liberate her people, the Iceni tribe from the brutal control of the romans. Torn between her love for a roman general, and the needs to help her people, Carita dons a skimpy warrior's costume and leads her people into battle.
Historical purists steer clear of this one, but everyone else might enjoy this film. Be warned, there is a fair amount of gratuitous nudity and violence in this film, it may not be appropriate for all viewers.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously Bad! August 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a thinly-veiled retelling of the real-life story of Boudicca, the British/Celtic Queen who led a failed rebellion against Roman occupying forces in the mid-1st century AD. Yes, thinly-veiled, with the names changed to protect the innocent.
This is b-grade movie sap at it's finest, complete with an unbelievable love story, fine British overacting, and... well, it's just plain silly. For instance: Blue-woaded bandits, looking like extras from a Caveman flick; Scythe-wheeled chariots, which neither the Celts, nor anyone else for that matter, ever used in real life; this whole "Viking queen" title -- what's up with that? This film has nothing to do with Vikings, who were Norse raiders starting in the 700's AD; Highly-trained Roman soldiers who let themselves get run down by the aformentioned chariots; And of course Selena, the "Viking Queen" herself, with that out-of-place German (?) accent and Xena-esque corselet... ah yes, the stuff of dreams... On a positive note, the equipment and armor of the Roman Troops are handled fairly well, considering the level of research available at the time the film was made. Not perfect, but not as bad as the rest of the movie!
So if it's so bad, then why do I give it such a high rating? Sentimentality. When I was a kid, I loved this film! And it's still fun. There are worse ways to waste a slow afternoon than popping this in the VCR and vegging out. No, it's not "Spartacus" or "Ben Hur", nor is it the wonderful British documentary of "Boudicca" which was released a couple years back, but hey, what do you expect, anyway? So, toss all your cares (and good taste) to the wind, and revel in this gloriously awful "celtsploitation" movie!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Historical Hammer Hilarity or something to that effect! September 10, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Roman Britain? Not quite. A fun foray into Hammer's skewed history? Definitely. This film works on the most basic level. Warrior chicks and Roman villainy with a mad druid for fun. The best acting in this little sizzler comes from that late great charactor actor Patrick Toughton. There are moments when it seems like he is in a completely different film...yes, he's that good. Andrew Keir is not to be missed as the scenery chewing evil centurion. A mediocre effort at historical film making, but a great deal of fun!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "If any virgins are to be sacrificed, it'll be to us!" December 16, 2007
"Warn your men there are blue bandits about!" The Viking Queen is utter nonsense of the most enjoyable kind. There are no Vikings, although there are plenty of Romans and the odd wristwatch in this low-budget and wildly anachronistic attempt at a British peplum more or less inspired by Boudicca's ill-fated rebellion against the Roman Empire that makes full use of the Irish scenery, the Irish Army and Irish tax breaks. Hammer's latest disposable discovery Carita takes the lead with Don Murray playing the Roman-tic interest that would have been played by Rory Calhoun or Steve Reeves in an Italian film, their budding love thwarted as they find themselves on opposite sides thanks to plotting Roman officers (the ever-undervalued Andrew Keir) and devious druids (Donald Houston, dressed up like the Ghost of Christmas Past and hamming it up mightily) stirring things up. Period accuracy is less a factor than what costumes they have left over from other pictures, leading to some interesting sartorial clashes while it's hard to take characters seriously when they're given names like Priam and Nigel, but the setting is just an excuse for the odd bit of sadism, torture, sacrifice and the odd skirmish en route to the inevitable tragic ending. The battle scenes are clumsily handled by director Don Chaffey, but the supporting cast are rather better than the script deserves - Patrick Troughton, Niall MacGinnis (both surprisingly good), Adrienne Corri, Nicola Pagett, Percy Herbert and Wilfred Lawson among them - it's nicely photographed by Zulu's Stephen Dade and it's more than passable brains-off entertainment.

Anchor Bay's DVD is extras-lite - trailer and a half hour episode from the World of Hammer compilation series - but it boasts a good 1.77:1 widescreen transfer (the film was not shot in Scope).
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5.0 out of 5 stars dons the best
this movie is a little tongue and cheek but I love don, he is good usual, he is good looking guy and this movie should be in your library I think u will enjoy
Published 13 months ago by jim distazio
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cave woman story
This is one of Ursla Andreses first movies. Again tthe plot is thin and she hasn't learned to speak english so her voice id dubbed in for the entire movie.
Published on May 22, 2012 by Ivan N. Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars decent movie liked the chariot scenes
ordered the movie recieved it a very short time. was listed as used and acceptable, but looked brand new ,no problems with the dvd and will order from this site again. Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by thesciman
3.0 out of 5 stars "You Will Be A Viking Queen!" ~ A Bizarre Re-Visioning Of History
The '67 Hammer film 'The Viking Queen' is quite possibly the most historically convoluted and inaccurate movie I've ever watched. Read more
Published on July 13, 2011 by Brian E. Erland
1.0 out of 5 stars CAVEAT EMPTOR - BUYER BEWARE!!!
I was so glad when on a whim one day I noticed that old Hammer horror titles previously released by Anchor Bay Entertainment appeared to be getting a re-release. Read more
Published on December 9, 2009 by Dead Elvis 1988
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans Only
This is a fun movie if your a fan. First saw this movie when i was a kid loved it then as an adult I still enjoy it. Read more
Published on July 31, 2009 by Thomas J. Elder
3.0 out of 5 stars All Viking and Celts look alike.
In the tradition of Monty Python, The movie starts out with a monologue and map telling of the extent of the Roman Empire. Read more
Published on August 1, 2004 by bernie
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm...
Totally fails to live up to any SM expectations you may have.
Carita is an absolute honey, though.
Published on June 19, 2002 by Ricklehurst
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and historically inaccurate...but fun to watch!
It's a damn shame that the average American is totally ignorant of the Celtic legacy of the western world; modern pop culture and three centuries of fundamentalist Christianity... Read more
Published on May 13, 2000 by H. Powell
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