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Conquest (1983)

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A young man, armed with a magical bow and arrows, embarks on a mystical journey through a mystical land to rid it of all evil and joins forces with an outlaw to take down an evil witch bent on claiming the magic bow for evil.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jorge Rivero ...
Mace (as George Rivero)
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Ilias
Conrado San Martín ...
Zora
Violeta Cela ...
Sacrificial Victim
José Gras ...
Fado (as Josè Gras Palau)
Gioia Scola ...
Girl Ilias Saves from Snake (as Maria Escola)
Sabrina Siani ...
Ocron (as Sabrina Sellers)
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Storyline

Italian sword and sorcery epic from splatter director Lucio Fulci loosely inspired from the Hercules mythos about two warriors on a quest and a vengeful demon who throws all kinds of nasty creatures along the way to fill scenes of gory violence. Written by Humberto Amador

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violence | creature | magic | arrow | witch | See more »

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In a place beyond time, comes a terrifying challenge beyond imagination! [USA theatrical] See more »


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Release Date:

6 April 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Bárbaro  »

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Quotes

Ilias: What's your name?
Mace: My enemies call me Mace.
Ilias: And your friends?
Mace: I don't have any friends.
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Referenced in Day of the Dead (1985) See more »

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Another Fulci Classic!
8 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a big Fulci fan, but I will be the first to say that some of his lesser films are endearingly lame (Aenigma, A Touch of Death, Demonia, etc). Luckily this sword and sorcery epic does not belong in that group. Instead, this film is just shy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the all time Fulci zombie classics (The Beyond, City o' the living Dead, Zombie, etc.). In other words, Fulci made some bold choices throughout his prolific career involving genre, as well as the actual content of the films (obviously). The fantasy/barbarian category may seem like an odd choice considering his other films, but this is a crossover type project that is very successful from an entertainment point of view. Although some may view this as a "genre" or "exploitation" movie, in my view Fulci was able to bring his stylistic flair to a different place. The result is a film that is very soulful for a Fulci film, in as much as this is about honorable warriors who are involved in a quasi-mystical quest involving magic weapons, animal rights and what not. Yet he still continues the gore and the general feeling of menace mixed with tension and chaos that permeates the aforementioned Zombie movies. There is a considerable amount of bludgeoning and rather disgusting body fluid squirting here. But the action sequences themselves have a somewhat frenetic choreography that Fulci does well with, all the battle scenes were much more enjoyable because I was invested in the characters and the spirit of the thing. The wolfpeople masks and costumes are also kind of clever, as are the swamp people. Special mention should be made of Claudio Simonetti's perfect synthesized score. The music adds a lot of depth to the characters and the great locations, adding a little sophistication to what is essentially a very simple and well told tale. During the briefly sluggish pace of the middle portion of the film, the music saves the picture from losing steam. The acting and dubbing were also better than average, and I don't want to give up the ending, but I will say that it had me engrossed and guessing. Actually the end was the best part for me, which is not usually the case with me. The Blue Underground DVD that I watched looks excellent, not to mention the Dolby 2.0 Surround Mix that is perfectly mixed. In summary, I really liked this a lot, I think most hardcore Fulci watchers should at least give it a look.


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