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The Magic Sword (1962)

 -  Adventure | Drama | Fantasy  -  April 1962 (USA)
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The son of a sorceress, armed with weapons, armour and six magically summoned knights, embarks on a quest to save a princess from a vengeful wizard.

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Lodac
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Sybil
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Sir George
Anne Helm ...
Princess Helene
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Sir Branton
Danielle De Metz ...
Mignonette
Merritt Stone ...
King
Jacques Gallo ...
Sir Dennis of France
David Cross ...
Sir Pedro of Spain
John Mauldin ...
Sir Patrick of Ireland
Taldo Kenyon ...
Sir Anthony of Italy
Angus Duncan ...
Sir James of Scotland
Leroy Johnson ...
Sir Ulrich of Germany
Marlene Callahan ...
Princess Grace
Nick Bon Tempi ...
Left Siamese Twin
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George, the son of the sorceress Sybil, has been watching the beautiful Princess Helene from afar and is very much in love with her. When she is kidnapped by the evil wizard Lodac, the king her father announces that she will be given in marriage to whoever rescues her. The first to volunteer is Sir Branton who expects to undertake the task alone. George, over his mother's objections, also decides to save her and is accompanied by six ancient knights. The journey is perilous with Lodac placing a series of challenges before them. Many in the group do not survive but George must eventually face Lodac's greatest challenge - his dragon. Written by garykmcd

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April 1962 (USA)  »

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St. George and the Dragon  »

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Though the film was subjected to the usual Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) skewering (in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Sword (1992)), the makers of the show admitted (in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide book) that "this is actually a pretty good movie." See more »

Goofs

The knight Anthony is introduced as "Sir Anthony of Italy" but Italy did not exist as a country until 1861... long after the supposed setting of this film. See more »

Quotes

Sir Branton: Was it magic?
Lodac: No. Not magic.
Sir Branton: Then how did George escape?
Lodac: I think... yes. Something stronger than magic. The power of Patrick's faith.
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Powerful fantasy storytelling, despite an ultra-low budget
4 August 2003 | by (Bronx, NY) – See all my reviews

THE MAGIC SWORD (1962) is a fantasy film that enthralled me as a child when I sat in a Bronx theater with a packed house of kids on a summer afternoon. We talked about it for days afterwards and acted it out in our street games. As a grown-up, when I returned to it on TV, I may have found some of the effects less than convincing, particularly the dragon, but I still found the film quite engaging and consistently memorable. The images have a bold graphic quality reminiscent of the best comic book art. Each shot cuts right to its essential information and uses whatever low-budget means at the filmmaker's disposal--make-up, costumes, color, lighting, simple optical effects--to make the image stand out. In addition, there are strong performers on hand who have a kind of comic book/fairy tale aspect to them, e.g. Estelle Winwood, as the hero's spell-casting guardian; Basil Rathbone, as the sorcerer villain; and Vampira as a beautiful woman the knights meet on the road, who turns monstrous at a moment's notice.

The film is not afraid of grotesque imagery and doles it out in small, effective portions. As an adult I was struck by the horrific nature of some of the images, e.g. the withered old hag that Vampira turns into; the acid pool that yields up the skeleton of a victim who'd fallen into it just moments earlier; the burned, reddened skins of two of the knights as they're caught in some kind of intense sun ray. But as a child, I wasn't frightened by these images; they helped make the story more believable and more involving. Filmmaker Bert I. Gordon (THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN) was not afraid to show us the dark, gruesome side of this mythical tale. He wasn't trying to shield the kids in the audience the way bigger-budgeted Hollywood films of this stripe would have at the time (e.g., Harryhausen films like SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD and THREE WORLDS OF GULLIVER). There was an honesty to Gordon's approach that I think we, as kids, even without being able to articulate it, appreciated and respected. As an adult, I can't get this film out of my mind, while more recent spectacles like the overstuffed LORD OF THE RINGS are but a dim memory.


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