The Viking Queen

The Viking Queen

Director: Don Chaffey Cast: Don Murray, Carita, Donald Houston

DVD (Wide Screen / Mono)


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 MacGinnis), and finds an ally (and much more) in Salina (Carita), the daughter of the late King Priam ({Wilfred Lawson), who has been chosen to rule the Iceni. Together, Justinian and Salina attempt to share responsibility for ruling the island nation, and to make the laws and the tax system fairer for the Iceni -- they also discover that they actually love each other and want to marry. Their romance and their attempts at bringing more civilized rule are thwarted by treachery on both sides. Among the Iceni, the Druids, led by the high priest Maelgan (Donald Houston), oppose the Romans because their rites (involving human sacrifice) have been banned, and Maelgan wishes Salina to fulfill the destiny that he has prophesized for her: to take up arms against the invaders. The wealthy Iceni merchants, led by the procurer Osiris (Dennis Shaw), oppose Justinian because of the higher taxes that he has imposed on them. Among the Romans, Justinian's military commander, Octavian (Andrew Keir), doesn't care for diplomacy or persuasion, except at the point of a sword. Conspiracies abound in both camps, which leads to Justinian being called away, and, in his absence, Octavian destroys the treaty between the two peoples. Finally, Salina is forced to take up arms and lead her people in open revolt against the Romans. The two would-be lovers face each other in battle, where, in the achieving victory, Justinian learns precisely how fierce and proud a warrior and a queen Salina is.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/1999
UPC: 0013131068894
Original Release: 1967
Rating: NR
Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [monaural]
Time: 1:31:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.85:1]; Theatrical trailer; Exclusive "World of Hammer" episode entitled Lands Before Time

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Murray Justinian
Carita Salina
Donald Houston Maelgan
Andrew Keir Octavian
Niall MacGinnis Tiberion
Adrienne Corri Beatrice
Wilfred Lawson Priam of Troy
Sean Caffrey Fergus
Nicola Pagett Talia
Percy Herbert Catus
Patrick Troughton Tristram
Bryan Marshall Dominic
Jack Rodney Boniface
Patrick Gardiner Benedict
Brendan Mathews Nigel
Paul Murphy Dalan
Gerry Alexander Fabian
Dennis Shaw Osiris
Anna Manahan Shopkeeper's Wife
Philip O'Flynn Merchant
Arthur O'Sullivan Old Man at Tax Enquiry
Nita Lorraine Nubian Girl-Slave
Scott McGinnis Actor

Technical Credits
Don Chaffey Director
Peter Boita Editor
Allan Bryce Special Effects
Stephen Dade Cinematographer
John Furness Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Hughes Score Composer
Charles Parker Makeup
George Provis Production Designer
Clarke Reynolds Screenwriter
John Temple-Smith Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Start Program/Main Titles [5:01]
2. Here Comes The Chariot [2:08]
3. Maelgan's Prophecy [5:23]
4. The Death Of The King [2:11]
5. Attack Of The Blue Bandits [3:02]
6. Pagan Funeral Pyre [7:03]
7. Chariots Of Love [6:56]
8. The Reading Of The Sky [5:57]
9. Squabbling Over Taxes [7:56]
10. Pagan Beauties [3:46]
11. The Sacred Fire [8:48]
12. It's Battle Time [2:21]
13. Salina And The Sword [6:15]
14. Flogging The Queen [3:27]
15. Raging Fire [5:16]
16. The Ambush [5:00]
17. Swappin' Prisoners [3:33]
18. The Viking Queen Attacks [4:56]
19. The Suicide [:46]
20. End Credits [:45]

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