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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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Thoran of Malveel: How will I find you, Lazar-sa?
Lazar-Sa: [appearing in a shrouded vision] Do you see me?
Thoran of Malveel: Yes.
Lazar-Sa: Then you can see that I cannot tell you where I am, only that I am here. The hawk is my eyes, who led you to Kamal, where a lesson was taught you in truth. He also showed you Rega, who took my name and defiled it. The closer you come, the better I can see to guide you. Listen to Elb, she will also guide you. And, by the time you find me, you will be ready for much more than mere kinghood. But this Druschan, now.....
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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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