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A number of story elements have been said to have been influenced by 'Star Wars'. The magical flying sword was called "The Power"; the elf and dwarf characters C3PO and R2D2 equivalents whilst Voltan's outfit resembled Darth Vader's costume. Moreover, Voltan's half-helmet has also been compared with the Phantom of the Opera's mask.
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Ferdy Mayne plays the father of Jack Palance in this movie, although he is only thee years older than Palance.
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Jack Palance was injured in a fight scene with John Terry when Terry's sword punctured Palance's body. Palance didn't stop and completed the take. Afterwards, director Terry Marcel went over to see if Palance was alright, the veteran actor cast any concerns aside and continued with the shoot.
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Actress Patricia Quinn playing a sorceress woman witch burnt her hand when too much flash powder was used whilst she was stirring the pot of her magic cauldron.
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Although planned as the start of a franchise amid much local publicity, the movie was released in the UK as the supporting feature to Saturn 3 (1980) before it was picked up for theatrical distribution in some territories such as North America.
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Last full length cinema film of Harry Andrews.
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In January 2009, a sequel to this movie, Hawk the Hunter (????) was announced, the sequel's scheduled release will be thirty-one years after this movie. The tagline reads: "The Slayer returns. The Hunt begins".
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Bernard Bresslaw hurt his neck rather badly in the scene where a nun drugs him towards the end of the picture. As he fell down, his armour dug in underneath his jaw. Being a trooper, though, he carried right on acting.
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Actor Bernard Bresslaw playing Gort was injured when in a fight scene with a stuntman, Bresslaw hurled his hammer at his opponent's torso upon which he fell but the weapon also fell upon Bresslaw's head requiring six stitches.
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The grand finale fight between Voltan and Hawk lasts about 45 seconds and was filmed completely in slow motion.
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The sound effect used for the Black Wizard's healing crystal is the one used for the sound of Scaramanga's laser in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
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Director Terry Marcel went on to direct two more sword and sorcery type movies, Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983) and Jane and the Lost City (1987).
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Veteran Hollywood actor Jack Palance was about sixty years of age when this movie came out.
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Playing the giant Gort in this film, actor Bernard Bresslaw would about two years later go onto to play another giant, the Cyclops in Krull (1983), another sword-and-sorcery movie.
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William Sheppard and Christopher Benjamin both have been in Doctor Who (2005). Sheppard was in the 6th Season/Series premiere as the older Canton Delaware III, and Benjamin in "The Unicorn and the Wasp" 4th season ep. as Colonel Hugh.
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Released on VHS by CBS/Fox video in Australia and New Zealand in 1985.
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