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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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The first major film to have a 100% synthesized score. See more »

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Gar the Draikian: This is what I am, you oily pompadour. And I won't hide it, not anymore. Falon Dutras, your one-time friend, your companion at court, is no more. He's gone now, finished. I'm Gar the Snake Master now. Gar the Draikian. The Destroyer. The Dark One. All of me, Ria, inside and out. Do you understand that? Do you see?
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I was an Elk Man
8 February 2005 | by (Central Midwest, USA) – See all my reviews

Hi, Everyone, I worked as an extra in this TV movie. We worked in the hills near Magic Mountain on December, 3, 4, and 5 of 1980. It rained most of the time. We wore fur hides that kept our upper bodies warm enough. We had some campfires going most of the time.

On one of the days there was an invasion of some type of small winged insect that got into our food and probably can be seen in some of the scenes. The mud was very deep. We would wade into a muddy road area and made glopping sounds as we pulled our feet out.

Somehow it was some of the most fun days I have ever had in the movie business. The group of guys who worked on the show, cast, crew and extras were laughing a lot. Nick the director, was very nice and articulate. Warren, the A.D. was a pleasure to be with. I worked with him many times, including on Thorn Birds and Airwolf.

I watched the movie when they showed it on TV. I have not seen it since. I did enjoy it. I think it would stand up well today if it were re-released with some special notes about the making.

When we did our village (hill dweller types) scenes with George Kennedy, there were more different kinds of animals in one scene than I have ever observed working together in any other project. There were dogs, a bear, cougars, horses and some falcons and a chimp.

The horse was not at all pleased being near the bear and the cougars were not friendly except with their handlers.

Well worth watching.

Tom Willett (Yonhope)


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