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The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire (1981)

TV Movie  -   -  Fantasy | Action | Adventure  -  12 April 1981 (USA)
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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 ... 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
John Hancock
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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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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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Excellent Fantasy Film with unique premise, good action & villain.
25 January 1999 | by (Fort Washington, Maryland) – See all my reviews

As with certain films of the filmed noir genre, there are unheralded fantasy films that also fall in to the category of "sleepers" i.e., very entertaining but not widely reviewed/seen. To name a few: Forbidden Planet, The Forbidden Street, I'll Never Forget You (Berkely Square), The Sword & the Sorcerer, Sinbad the Sailor, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Sinbad & the Eye of the Tiger, Demon Seed, Five Million Years to Earth, Omar Khayyam, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (now a classic), as well as The Dam Busters, (if you are not offended by the name of the dog) and the exceptional, Curse of the Demon.

These are but a few examples of some lesser credited "sleepers", yet they are thoroughly entertaining films. I would handily rate it **** out of ***** stars.


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How about bringing this to DVD someone? bradley-matchett
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