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The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)

R  |   |  Action, Fantasy, Adventure  |  30 April 1982 (USA)
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A mercenary with a three-bladed sword rediscovers his royal heritage's dangerous future when he is recruited to help a princess foil the designs of a brutal tyrant and a powerful sorcerer in conquering a land.

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Lee Horsley ...
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Mikah (as Simon Mac Corkindale)
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Machelli
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Cromwell
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Xusia
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Rodrigo
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Verdugo
Nina van Pallandt ...
Malia (as Nina Van Pallandt)
Anna Bjorn ...
Elizabeth
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Craccus
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Malcolm
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Darius
Russ Marin ...
Mogullen
Earl Maynard ...
Morgan
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A mercenary with a three-bladed sword rediscovers his royal heritage's dangerous future when he is recruited to help a princess foil the designs of a brutal tyrant and a powerful sorcerer in conquering a land.

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Know you now of days long past, the time when the world was young, when sorcery thrived and wild adventure was forever in the offing. and of this epoch little is known save that which is veiled in the mist of legend. [UK Video] See more »


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30 April 1982 (USA)  »

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La espada y el hechicero  »

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$39,103,500 (USA)
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Trivia

In Norman Winski's novelization of the screenplay, Talon (Lee Horsley) is spreadeagled and bound face-up -- "stripped to a mere dirty loincloth" -- on a table-top at Cromwell's wedding feast. In the movie, however, Talon is bound upright to an X-shaped cross at the end of the table. See more »

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During Talon's crucifixion, his arms alternate from straight to bent at the elbows. See more »

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Princess Alana: Is your sword for hire?
Prince Talon: I hope so.
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Terrific entertainment!
6 December 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderfully well-done feature with top marks for its value in sheer fun.

If you're not into fantasy, see this anyway as a great swashbuckler a la the Errol Flynn-as-hero genre. (And Lee Horsley even resembles Errol throughout this film, which I was fortunate enough to see theatrically at time of release.)

There are terrific villains galore, rip-roaring adventure, great castles and dungeons, complicated skullduggery, and comeuppance aplenty, all done with delicate humor.

This is great screen entertainment with a '40s-'50s look to it, and that's a compliment. There are no wasted moments. The fast-moving story relies much more on quality writing, acting and expert direction rather than copping out with the sort of elaborate special-effects that producers/directors of such films seem to lean on so heavily now, nearly two decades later.

I think it's a classic, and a model, of its type.

Highly recommended to all except small children.


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