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Warrior Queen [Import]


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  • Actors: Sybil Danning, Donald Pleasence, Rick Hill, Josephine Jacqueline Jones, Tally Chanel
  • Directors: Chuck Vincent
  • Writers: Harry Alan Towers, Rick Marx, S.C. Dacy
  • Producers: Donatella Donati, Harry Alan Towers, Joe D'Amato
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Avid Home Ent
  • VHS Release Date: Jan. 1 1998
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630203826X

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 7 2011
Format: DVD
First, one of my degrees is in ancient Roman/Greek History so i sympathize w/ reviewera demanding historical accuracy. First, this is not a documentary (buy Kultar's Great Queens of England series or only one of its segments Boudicca of the Iceni), this is historical fiction. Secondly, the Celts kept no written records so all info must be gleans from Roman records and oral tradition. We will never know if Boudicca and her daughters were raped, but we do know that was a comman way for Roman soldiers to control women prisoners along w/ flogging. It provides a reason for Boudicca to rebel and is useful to the plot. My only criticism is her husband didn't die, she was simply the leader of the the tribe. Unheard of -- a woman leader w/ a supportive husband. Turn that around to a Roman leader w/ a supportive wife and it makes sense to us.

From the Roman records we know the Celts used guerilla tactics like the Gauls and covered themselves in paint and put mud in their hair similar to First Nations warriors who also took coup rather than kill their enemy. the Celts considered women as equals a fact that stunned the Romans who subjegated woman. Claudius the Emperor who completed the roman invasion after julius ceasar is accurately depicted as a quiet ruler w/ a stutter who seldom entered into war. He was a buracrat by nature. No wonder Boudicca thought she could win despite being up against a culture built on war when her society were farmers.

Since this story is told from the Saxon point of view why wouldn't the Romans be depicted as "bad". Every story needs an antagonest to offset Boudicca as the protegonist -- historical fiction rememnber. A historically based legend of a courageous woman who took on the Romans against horrific odds to defend her homeland.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Serene Night on Feb. 11 2004
Format: DVD
I am a big fan of Celtic History, so when a sibling recommended this movie, I looked forward to watching it. Well, I had to admit I was rather disappointed. This film was little better than "Viking Queen" (cheesy 1967 film loosely based on the life of Boudicca), and in part I thought it was worse, because it was produced by PBS, and purported to be 'historically accurate'.
History: Its difficult to discuss the historical accuracy of Warrior Queen, without giving away major plot points. Let me just say, that a little research will prove that there were great liberties taken in the screenplay and the ending.... Distressingly inaccurate and silly.
Plot: the story was one sided. Celts = Good. Romans = Bad. While the depredations and depravity of the Romans were well covered in this film, Boudicca and the other Celtic tribes were equally brutal to Roman settlers and their families, often committing atrocities worse than those of the Romans. This was, of course omitted to make the Celts appear to be 'pure' and the Romans 'villainous and unscrupulous.' (However one may feel about Roman expansionism, they weren't all evil and corrupt).
The Setting: I thought this was the most accurate. The Roman camps, and the Celtic roundhouses were well done.
The Costuming: contrary to what was portrayed in the film, the Celts, especially the Celtic elite (of which Boudicca and her daughters were a part), understood proper hygiene, combed their hair, and did not run about the country side covered with dirt. Boudicca would need to inspire her troops with her wealth and power, not frighten them with her knotted dread-locked hair and Conan-garb.
Customs: The Celts may not have a traditional written language, but they are strong orators. The skill of their bards, druids and poets were well known.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Allen on March 17 2004
Format: DVD
As a fan of public television, an anglophile and an armchair historian (particularly Roman history) -- not to mention a long-time Alex Kingston fan -- I held high hopes for this WGBH produced tale of the brave and brutal Boudicca.
Those hopes were dashed in the first few minutes of the program and were never revived. My interest (and worse: the spirit of Boudicca) was brutalized by an incredibly poor script, that was brought to life by trite performances -- the result, I'm sure, of a wandering directorial view.
In trying to be a combination of historical drama, historical romance, morality tale, war film, and mystical allegory, WARRIOR QUEEN ends up failing on all counts. It's not good history. It's not entertaining history. And it's simply just not worth watching.
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By Mac Allen on Jan. 20 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Alex Kingston is indeed excellent in this role. A made-for TV production lacks money for a more experienced cast and elaborate sets, but that being said, they do succeed in painting a portrait of this brave warrior, and take the veiwer into the Romano-Celtic world of the early Dark Ages.
I am a little perturbed by the quibbling over language. We shouldn't be concerned about the script containing modern expressions. . . to be so is to hold the script to artificial and inaccurate standards. In fact, these people were all speaking pre-modern forms of Celtic languages and Latin. (No one spoke English, and if they had, we would not understand a word of it now.) So what, do we demand they all speak Iceni? Latin? Anglo-Saxon? The point is communicating the story, which the film does quite well.
I was a bit bothered by the lack of refinement everyone displayed. Boudicca and her daughters were wealthy, somewhat educated people. I realize one doesn't stop to bathe in the middle of a war, necessarily, but I doubt their behavior was always this rough. The idea that all people before Christianity, who weren't Romans, were crudely mannered and covered with dirt perpetually, is misleading and disrespectful.
But the film has so many plusses, in spite of a few little minusss, that it's well worth one's time.
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