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The Flame and the Arrow (1950)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Romance | 9 July 1950 (USA)
Dardo, a Robin Hood-like figure, and his loyal followers use a Roman ruin in Medieval Lombardy as their headquarters as they conduct an insurgency against their Hessian conquerors.

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Anne de Hesse
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Marchese Alessandro de Granazia
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Count 'The Hawk' Ulrich
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Piccolo
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Francesca (as Lynne Baggett)
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Apollo - the Troubador
Victor Kilian ...
Mazzoni - Apothecary
Francis Pierlot ...
Papa Pietro
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Skinner
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Storyline

Twelfth-century Lombardy lies under the iron heel of German overlord Count Ulrich 'The Hawk', but in the mountains, guerillas yet resist. Five years before our story, Ulrich stole away the pretty wife of young archer Dardo who, cynical rather than embittered, still has little interest in joining the rebels. But this changes when his son, too, is taken from him. The rest is lighthearted swashbuckling, plus romantic interludes with lovely hostage Anne. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Nick Cravat, who plays Piccolo, was an acrobat who was teamed with Burt Lancaster before Lancaster became a star. He appears in many of Lancaster's movies. In this one, and in The Crimson Pirate (1952), he plays a mute. The reason was that his thick Brooklyn accent, which he could not lose, would have been wildly out of place in such period pieces. See more »

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When Piccolo is fighting the guardsman in the balcony he flips his sword around and holds the blade with his hand (showing it cannot be sharp) and then whacks the guardsman with the broad side of the blade near the hilt, bending it at least 20-25 degrees. See more »

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Dardo Bartoli: A man who knows what he's dying for... only seems to die.
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User Reviews

 
Great fun! Plenty of action!

A fine show of acrobats! A fable for fun!

Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravat indulge themselves in long leaps and vaults, pirouetting in mid-air, swinging on tapestries and chandeliers, and baffling the tyrant Ulrich with their tricks... Plenty of action!

The film is a flamboyant spoof of the Robin Hood genre, set against the castle battlements and banquet halls of medieval Lombardy... Ideally cast opposite Lancaster's swashbuckling Dardo were Virginia Mayo as the obligatory lady-fair, and Robert Douglas and Frank Allenby as the suavest of villains...

To play his mute sidekick, Piccolo, Lancaster engaged his old friend and circus partner, Nick Cravat. The result was a joyful team... Together they battled spearmen with blazing torches, and leaped around castle balconies...

"The Flame and the Arrow" is a colorful adventure film with a great closing shot: Lancaster swinging in a series of circular movements on metalwork high above the courtyard of an old castle...

Lancaster's acrobatics boosted his box-office value, and so did another swashbuckler, 'The Crimson Pirate.'

...I saw this movie, with my little brother Paul, when it first came out in Lebanon, in Beirut, 47 years ago... I was ten, and today I still remember each Technicolor frame, because it was so enchanting and beautiful… It was such a particular time for the kids we were...


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