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The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire (1981)

The hero is given his mentor's bow (the Heartbow) which chooses its new owner when passed on. It fires arrows that blow up like grenades, but can only be wielded by the one chosen to wield ... See full summary »

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Lane Caudell ...
Toran of Malveel
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Estra
Victor Campos ...
Slant
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Gar the Draikian
George Innes ...
Mak
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Sandros
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Yos
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Brakus
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Captain Ria
Richard Dix ...
Rak
Ivan J. Rado ...
Vors
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Mandras The Horse Chief
Tony Swartz ...
Riis
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The hero is given his mentor's bow (the Heartbow) which chooses its new owner when passed on. It fires arrows that blow up like grenades, but can only be wielded by the one chosen to wield her. The hero is a member of a nomadic tribe wiped out by the Draikian Empire's forces. He attempts to find the wizard Lazar-Sa who might be able to help him. He is joined by a thief looking for adventure and cash, and the daughter of a goddess, Estra, looking to revenger herself on Lazar-Sa for crimes against her mother. Written by Rob Douglas <rdougals@stsci.edu>

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12 April 1981 (USA)  »

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Mandras The Horse Chief: I like your story, Thoran. The part about the dead-eater gave me goose-flesh!
Thoran of Malveel: I'd thought you would have liked the romance best, sweet Mandras - my instant passion for the Earth-goddess!
Dar: It should remind her of her five frail husbands and eight scrapping daughters!
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Interesting Fantasy Film
29 December 2002 | by (Xanadu) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film when it was first broadcast on tv. If memory serves, it was the first of what was supposed to be a series of specials, which would advance the story. Unfortunately, it didn't do well and became the only installment.

I thoroughly enjoyed it initially. It had a great villain and unique concepts. The acting was bad in certain cases (oh, George Kennedy, what were you doing?) but for the most part, it was watchable.

I later found it at a video store and rented it. I was less impressed the second time around, but still found it entertaining. It was vastly superior to most of the other attempts at sword & sorcery films from that era, with the exception of the first Conan.

It was a shame that the series didn't continue, as I always wondered what the intended conclusion was supposed to be. If you enjoy fantasy, give it a try.


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How about bringing this to DVD someone? bradley-matchett
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