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Sultan, the tiger that played "Ruh" in the movie, died about 2 years after the movie as a result of severe skin problems as well as other health issues caused by the toxic black dye used.
Although the film fared only modestly at the box office, it steadily built a strong cult following over the years. It subsequently received significant local TV and cable airplay in the USA, notably HBO and TBS where it became a TV mainstay and viewer favorite. Its replay was so common that some dubbed TBS "The Beastmaster Station", and HBO as "Hey, Beastmaster is On".
According to Boone's Animals for Hollywood (the trainers for "The Beastmaster"), the tiger that was used (he was indeed dyed black) did not die from "complications" or "poisoning" from the vegetable dye that was used, and the "death from dye" is just an urban legend.
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Dar's black tiger is actually a regular striped tiger dyed black. The dye would wash off around the mouth whenever the tiger took a drink, so throughout the film the stripes are often visible around the mouth.
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Tanya Roberts' role as Kiri led to her being cast as Stacey Sutton in A View to a Kill (1985).
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The eagle often refused to fly on cue so in order to shoot footage of it in the air it was dropped from a trapdoor in a hot air balloon.
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Producer Dino De Laurentiis liked the movie and offered Don Coscarelli to direct Conan the Destroyer (1984). Coscarelli declined because he thought the script was quite bad.
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An eighteen years old Demi Moore auditioned several times for the part of Kiri. Although she was Don Coscarelli's favorite choice, the producers decided to cast Tanya Roberts.
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Don Coscarelli claims to have read all of Andre Norton's books as a boy. Norton is the author of a novel called "The Beastmaster", in which this movie is loosely based.
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The producers fired the original animal trainer in the middle of filming and hired another one.
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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.
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The actor playing the young deposed prince was not allowed to be on the set at the same time as the tiger, so a short stunt person in a wig, photographed from behind, was used in those shots.
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Director Don Coscarelli decided to set the story in a sort of Bronze Age milieu because he was a long time fan of Steve Reeves, Ray Harryhausen and sword and sandal flicks.
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Don Coscarelli sold off his rights on the story and characters. He has no involvement with the sequels, nor the TV-series, and doesn't see any money from them.
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The film originally started shooting with anamorphic lenses, but cinematographer John Alcott switched to spherical lenses early on because he did not think anamorphic gave him the sharpness and depth of field he wanted. The anamorphic footage - young Dar's encounter with the bear in the forest - was later cropped to match the 1.85:1 final aspect ratio of the spherical footage.
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Don Coscarelli's original choice for the villainous role of Maax was Klaus Kinski, but an agreement could not be reached and the producers hired Rip Torn instead.
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