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The Beastmaster (1982)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  20 August 1982 (USA)
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A sword-and-sorcery fantasy about a young man's search for revenge. Armed with supernatural powers, the handsome hero and his animal allies wage war against marauding forces.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Milrad ...
Tal (as Josh Milrad)
Rod Loomis ...
Ben Hammer ...
Young Dar's Father
Ralph Strait ...
Young Dar (as Billy Jacoby)
Witchwoman #1
Christine Kellogg ...
Witchwoman #2
Witchwoman #3
Tony Epper ...
Jun Leader
Zed's Wife
Kim Tabet ...
Sacco's Daughter


Dar, the son of a king, is hunted by a priest after his birth, so he is sent to grow up in another family. When he becomes a grown man, his new father is murdered by savages. He discovers that he has the ability to communicate with the animals, and after that, Dar begins his quest for revenge in this Conan-like movie. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

20 August 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Invasión Junk  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Several of the actors appear in very small costumes, including loincloth-only garb. Though the film appears to be set in a warm climate, it was quite cold on the set and the actors would have to find warmth in between scenes. See more »


The footage of Kiri's face under water in the river-ferry sequence was shot in a pool and the tiles of the pool are visible behind her. See more »


Dar: I've never seen a... pilgrim... who could use a staff the way you did.
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Caw caw caw --- "He is the Beastmaster!"
14 February 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

How can anyone not like the Beastmaster? It's what movies are all about

  • it's got a hero, his woman, a villain, sidekicks, animals,

loincloths, violence and much much more! It's one of the earliest of films that HBO would play about 4 times a day so it was almost always available. John Amos from Roots and Good Times cheeses it up but damn, do I have a soft spot for the guy. Dar looks like my brother Eric. Rip Torn is a villain with bad teeth! The freaky eagle/vampire things are nutty. It's got ferrets - FERRETS in co-starring roles! Plus a panther and hawks and B-dialog and swords and last but not least "crazy-eyes" herself, Tonya Roberts! Yowza! It's basically a goulash of afternoon delight. Straight B an 85 - 8 out of 10. Caw caw! Catch it one time or a dozen, you'll love it.

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