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Release Date:
15 February 1984 (USA) See more »
A pure action fantasy where good, strength and exotic beauty battle evil. See more »
Muscle-bound Ator and his mute Asian sidekick travel from the ends of the Earth to save his aged mentor from the evil mustachioed Zor. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Miles O'Keeffe ... Ator

Lisa Foster ... Mila
David Brandon ... Zor (as David Cain Haughton)
Charles Borromel ... Akronas
Kiro Wehara ... Thong (as Chen Wong)
Robert Black ... High Priest
Donald Hodson ... Village Elder
Stephan Soffer ... Ravani
Nello Pazzafini ... Wallon (as Ned Steinberg)
Osiride Pevarello ... Sandur (as Hershel Curtis)
Sandra Carle ... Old Woman
Nancy Hall ... 1st Maiden
Linette Ray ... 2nd Maiden
Robert Karshin ... 1st Youth
Andy Stradly ... 2nd Youth
Steve Rivers ... 3rd Youth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Salvatore Baccaro ... Primitive Man (uncredited)
Dakar ... Dakkar in Flashback (uncredited) (archive footage)
Edward Mannix ... Sander (voice) (uncredited)
Gregory Snegoff ... Ator (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe D'Amato  (as David Hills)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joe D'Amato  (as David Hills)

Produced by
John Newman .... producer
Alex Susmann .... executive producer
Chris Trainor .... associate producer
Original Music by
Karl Michael Demer  (as Karl Demer)
Carlo Rustichelli 
Cinematography by
Joe D'Amato (director of photography) (as Federico Slonisco)
Film Editing by
David Framer 
Production Design by
Massimo Lentini 
Art Direction by
John Gregory 
Makeup Department
Pat Russel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Donatella Donati .... production manager (as Helen Handris)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie Morrows .... second assistant director
Sam Stone .... assistant director
Art Department
Francis Correl .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Lewis E. Ciannelli .... adr director (as Lewis Cianelli)
Wiley Crosby .... production sound recordist
Suzanne D'Amico .... second assistant recordist
May Greenfeld .... sound editor
Robert W. Harris .... assistant recordist (as Bob Harris)
Laurie Kellin .... assistant sound editor
Frank Avila .... stunts
James Hadley .... stunt coordinator
Fred Peterson .... stunts
Paul Randors .... stunts
Marvin Simons .... stunts
Kevin Strung .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Burrel .... assistant camera
Larry Hessel .... camera operator
Joe Little .... chief electrician
Ed McBride .... assistant camera
Henry Noxley .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim Dascovitz .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Shirley Kingston .... assistant editor
Mark Sofield .... apprentice editor
Transportation Department
Chuck Mills .... transportation captain
Other crew
Lewis E. Ciannelli .... adr director (as Lewis Cianelli)
Sharon Friendly .... production coordinator
Randy Gleason .... production assistant
Bob Liro .... production assistant (as Bob Libo)
Astrid Miller .... production assistant
Danan Grant Olsey .... production assistant (as Danah Grandsley)
Jean Salzer .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ator 2 - L'invincibile Orion" - Italy (original title)
"Cave Dwellers" - USA (TV title)
"Day of the Sword Man" - Pakistan (English title) (poster title)
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USA:92 min
Sound Mix:
Norway:18 (video premiere) | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:T | UK:PG (cut) | USA:PG | West Germany:16

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According to director Joe D'Amato, the film was shot in two weeks, without a script. Miles O'Keeffe was contracted to star in a certain number of films for D'Amato, leaving very little time to write a script.See more »
Anachronisms: While Ator is hang gliding, a modern city appears at the bottom of one shot.See more »
Ator:Thong, the fish is ready!See more »


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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Watch the MST3K version of this movie!, 9 June 2000
Author: wishkah7 from Brooklyn, NY. (Where I'm from originally.)

As a fan of Grade Z movies myself I'll say this as a word of kindly advice: don't watch this movie as it is!!! You've been warned! This movie has tons of continuity problems and the special effects are unbelievably horrible!!!

Cave Dwellers or The Blade Master (or whatever you like to call it) is set in the Middle Ages, right? Ator and his friends set out to fight some evildoer who sacrifices young girls to an anaconda, and along the way they fight cavemen, invisible swordsmen, an anaconda puppet, and get this, they have to protect the earth from a bomb called a "Geometric Neucleus" that posesses nuclear power!

MST3K had every right to make fun of the hidiously terrible movie. Since when was there hang gliders, hand grenades, and nuclear power back in the Middle Ages?! Other bloopers that were mentioned were the hang gliding scene, and as anyone can see, Ator was flying over a modern city, and a caveman wearing sunglasses? And who can forget the infamous 'tire tracks' in the background at the end of the movie? Heck, even Joel and the 'bots were complaining about this literally bad movie!

If you're a fan of bad movies and you want to check this one out, it's only worth watching on MST3K! Another thing I can't believe is that these Ator flicks even had a prequel and some sequels! You would probably feel sorry for Miles O'Keefe for even participating in such stupidity of this type of entertainment. But the movie is funny, and the MST3K version is even funnier.

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