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February 1984 (USA) See more »
The Might of the Sword... The Evil of the Sorcerer... See more »
The warrior Deathstalker is tasked by an old witch lady to obtain and unite the three powers of creation - a chalice... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rick Hill ... Deathstalker (as Richard Hill)

Barbi Benton ... Codille
Richard Brooker ... Oghris

Lana Clarkson ... Kaira
Victor Bo ... Kang
Bernard Erhard ... Munkar
Augusto Larreta ... Salmaron (as August Larreta)
Verónica Llinás ... Toralva (as Lillian Ker)
Marcos Woinsky ... Gargit
Adrián De Piero ... Nicor (as Adrian De Piero)
Jorge Sorvik ... King Tulak (as George Sorvic)
Boy Olmi ... Young Man
Horacio Marassi ... Creature Leader (as Horace Marassi)
Patrick Duggan ... Colobri
Maria Fournery ... Anella
Gabriela Rubinstein ... Tarra
Sebastián Larreta ... Talan (as Sebastian Larreta)
Amalia Marty ... Zaptiah
Claudio Petty ... Guard I (as Claude Petty)
Rudy Kumze ... Guard II

Directed by
James Sbardellati  (as John Watson)
Writing credits
Howard R. Cohen (screenplay) (as Howard Cohen)

Produced by
Frank K. Isaac .... associate producer (as Frank K. Isaac Jr.)
Héctor Olivera .... co-producer (as Hector Olivera)
James Sbardellati .... producer
Alejandro Sessa .... co-producer (as Alex Sessa)
Roger Corman .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Óscar Cardozo Ocampo  (as Oscar Cardozo Ocampo)
Cinematography by
Leonardo Rodríguez Solís (director of photography) (as Leonardo Rodriguez Solis)
Film Editing by
John K. Adams 
Silvia Ripoll 
Art Direction by
Emilio Basaldua 
Costume Design by
María Julia Bertotto 
Makeup Department
John Carl Buechler .... makeup special effects (as John Buechler)
Óscar Mulet .... makeup artist (as Oscar Mulet)
Willy Smith .... makeup special effects assistant (as William Smith)
Rodolfo Spinetta .... hair dresser (as 'Roley' Spinetta)
R. Christopher Biggs .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Alejandro Arando .... production manager (as Alex Plowing)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Carl Buechler .... insert unit director (as John Buechler)
Américo Ortiz de Zárate .... first assistant director (as Amerik von Zaratt)
Claudio Reiter .... second assistant director (as Claude Ritter)
Art Department
Ercilia Alonso .... property master
José Cámara .... props (as Joe Camara)
Jorge de la Reta .... props (as George Delaretta)
Mirta Spagarino .... set dresser (as Mary Spagarino)
Sound Department
Norberto Castronuovo .... sound mixer (as Norman Newcastle)
Carlos Nis .... boom operator (as Charles Niz)
Visual Effects by
Miguel Bronstein .... special optical effects (as Michael Bronstein)
Bret Mixon .... animation assistant (uncredited)
Richard Brooker .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Miguel Amengual .... gaffer (as Michael Amen)
Juan José Fabio .... assistant camera (as John Faber)
Federico Fernández .... best boy (as Fred Fernson)
Ever Latour .... camera operator (as B.B. Latour)
Hans Ritter .... still photographer
Alejandro Chionetti .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Beatriz Quiroga .... costumer (as Beatrice Rowe)
Gloria Van Hartenstein .... costumer (as Gloria von Hartenstein)
Editorial Department
Miguel López .... assistant editor (as Michael Molina)
Francisco Mirada .... assistant editor (as Frank Mirada)
Jorge Firdman .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Fernando Guariniello .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Raúl Ahumada .... production assistant (as Ralph Smoker)
Gonzalo Astorga .... production assistant (as John Astor)
Andrea Coppola .... assistant to director
Ginny Nugent .... production coordinator
Nico Sarudiansky .... production assistant (as Nick Sarudiansky)
Marisa Urruti .... runner (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Warrior King" - Philippines (English title)
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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Rick Hill wore a wig.See more »
Continuity: In the torture chamber, the tattoo on Munkar's head switches from its usual position on the left side to the right side. When he appears again it is back on the left side.See more »
Deathstalker:Heroes and fools are the same thing.See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Best reason to see this film: Lana Clarkson, 28 February 1999
Author: Troy Whigham ( from Florida

This is the first of a 4-movie series, and it is the best of the lot. Rick Hill does a decent job as a leather-clad adventurer on his way to a warrior's tournament. He comes upon an evil guy dragging a flaxen-haired but dirty-faced slave girl through the woods. He kills the evil guy, frees the slave girl, and she allows him to pull down her filthy slave blouse and kiss her. That's the first nude scene, and it ain't much.

A bit later Rick has teamed up with another warrior and an older gentlemen also on their way to the tournament. They come upon some soldiers ransacking a farm, and in a decent fight scene they manage to kill the soldiers and rescue the family before moving on. Later that night they realize that they are being followed, so Rick's buddy scouts out into the darkness. He finds Lana Clarkson wearing little else than a mask, a robe, and a pair of boots. And a very large broadsword. And brother, am I glad.

When I rented this, the only name I recognized was Barbi Benton, long-time Playboy bunny, Hugh Hefner mansion mistress, and somewhat-famous actress (she even had a top guest starring role on an episode of the original "Love Boat"). The downside is that Barbi doesn't really show us much, er, talent. The real looker is blonde-haired Lana Clarkson, who is very pleasing to the eyes and also knows how to swing that broadsword. Now that's a woman!

As you might have guessed, in an outfit like that Lana was eventually gonna have a soft-porn scene with Rick, which is actually well-done as far as "R" movies go. The scene lasts about as long as it took you to read this paragraph.

They arrive at the castle where the evil king is having a great feast the night before the tournament. As a prelude to the next day's entertainment, he brings out Barbi (who is wearing a sheer white gown) and chains her to a rock at the top of some stairs. The evil king announces that whomever gets to the top can have his way with Barbi. Naturally, our hero wants in on the action, defeats all comers, and upon reaching the top of the stairs has a change of heart and releases Barbi. Such a waste of potential, in my opinion. I think it would've been interesting for Rick to have Barbi, to have Lana get jealous about it, and have her and Barbi duke it out in the tournament bare fisted (and eventually bare-chested), with the winner getting Rick. Oh well. They didn't ask me to make this film.

From there the movie pretty much goes downhill. It's an ugly downward spiral that continues through the next three movies. Lana Clarkson fans will enjoy this film because you can fastforward through the dialogue and get to the nude scenes. Rick Hill fans looking for a good plot will be better off watching him in "I, The Jury" with Armand Assante, where he plays a crazed professional killer who has a thing for redheads.

As for Barbi Benton, get a back issue of "Playboy". She really doesn't contribute much to this film. And I never really cared for her as a model, either.

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