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The movie is based on historical events , during Two Roses War , ¨ Red
Rose ( York ) ¨ ruled by Edward IV and Richard III followers and ¨
White Rose ( Lancaster ) ¨ Henry VI followers who vanquish them . The
film deal with a dashing outlaw ( Steve Chase ) named Black Arrow
facing off a villainous count ( Oliver Reed ) and underlings ( Donald
Pleasance and Aldo Sambrell ). The count tries to marry his pupil (
Georgia Slow ) confronting his nephew ( Benedict Taylor) .
It's a colorful film and highly agreeable entry in the swashbuckler and adventures genre . The story is adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson's novel with several fine action scenes and stimulating final . The picture offers loads of struggles , fence duels , fights and thrills to both children and adults . Sweepingly and glimmer photographed by cameraman John Cabrera . Lively and spectacular musical score by Stanley Myers. The movie is a remake for television of the Gordon Douglas classic film starred by Louis Hayward , George McReady and Janet Blair . The motion picture is regularly directed by John Hough . Rating: 5,5 . Mediocre but entertaining and amusing . Well worth seeing.
It was earlier made into a film in black-and-white in 1948 with George Macready as an impressing Sir Daniel in a stylish Hollywood version, which has served as a basis for the modern version with Oliver Reed as a much more brutal bully, but this version excels the earlier one in many ways. It is more convincingly 15th century, it is down to earth with wonderful primitive settings, the music is aptly composed to suit the material, and all the actors are perfect, especially Fernando Rey as a kind of godfather of the whole drama. The story is even more altered from Stevenson than the 1948 version, it is more concentrated and poignant with a grand finale in the cathedral. The problem of the novel is the character of Dick, which is not entirely successful, he is not sympathetic but rather controversial, but Benedict Taylor is perfect in the role. The character of Sir Oliver Oates is also improved by Donald Pleasance, and Stephan Chase makes a very likable and logical Black Arrow. Although the alterations from Stevenson do not improve the book, they make out a splendid complement to a book, which Stevenson himself was never quite happy with.
If you can find this film it is fun to watch. One of the few Disney Live actions worth owning in my opinion. Not brilliant mind you but it is a lot of fun and there is certainly much much worse out there. This is one of my non-toon Disney favorites!
Set during the War of the Roses, the Black Arrow is a Robin Hood like figure, with a loyal following, who is waging a guerrilla war against Sir Daniel. Oliver Reed fairly makes the movie with his portrayal of Sir Daniel. Donald Pleasence gives a great performance also, as his weaselly accomplice, Oates. Sir Daniel successfully gains guardianship of the Black Arrow's daughter, the Lady Joanna, and schemes to also get control of the extensive land holdings she is heir to. She is headstrong and resourceful, if politically naive, with no intention of submitting to Sir Daniel. The Earl of Warwick, played by Fernando Rey, has a classic line near the movie's climax: "Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done." Definitely worth seeing, full of action, drama, and great acting. Disney should re-release it in DVD.
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