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Warrior Queen [Import]

Sybil Danning , Donald Pleasence , Chuck Vincent    Unrated   VHS Tape
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a watch.. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction balances Male Warriors May 7 2011
By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Warrior Queen Oct. 12 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Alex Kingston is excellent in her role as Queen Boudica. It's the supporting cast and script that destroy this average film.
There are so many modern lines in this film, it almost makes me laugh. There is a line where a man says "hack" in his sentence (!). However, I found the direction in this film to be excellent,
and the locations are beautiful. I personally enjoyed this film
for it's somewhat disturbing truth, yet I still agree with other people in saying that this film isn't that true to life back then. Pretty good.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Historically Innacurate Feb. 11 2004
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Boudicca revolts -- and you will, too!
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... Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by Jim Allen
1.0 out of 5 stars Wretched beyond belief
Let me quickly state that I am not reviewing this DVD release per se; I am basing my critique on viewing the TV broadcast last year. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by R.L. Holly
3.0 out of 5 stars History versus the entertainment industry
I haven't seen that many movies on the Warrior Queen of First Century Britain. It's nice that an actress like Alex Kingston can go through the entire movie dressed in unflattering... Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2004 by Allen Eaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Believable barbarian
I loved Alex Kingston (of ER and numerous British period pieces) as the fierce, yet human Queen Boudica (also spelled Boadicea)! Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth buying it!
It's a movie about a warrior princes who stood against the Roman Emperor. Nice story but cheep production and medium acting. Don't waste your money on that.
Published on Dec 10 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
This is a movie about a Warrior Queen, Boudica, who really did exist and led a massive uprising against a Roamna army in Britian in about AD 60. It is and excellent movie. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2003 by "dianekayg"
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie!!!!!!!
this is an Excellent movie,,, lots of great scenes, and LOTS of really great nudity. If you are looking for a Trashy movie with lots of gratuitous nudity, THIS IS IT!!!!
Published on Sept. 23 2000
This film does have a plot, the trouble is, so much else about the film fails that its not worth watching. Read more
Published on June 15 2000 by Zorikh Lequidre
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