The tyrant Gedren seeks the total power in a world of barbarism. She attacks and kills the keepers of a powerful talisman just before it is destroyed. Gedren then uses the power of the talisman in her raid of the city Hablac. Red Sonja, sister of the keeper, sets out with her magic sword to overthrow Gedren. The talisman's master Kalidor follows to protect her. Of course they fall in love - however Red Sonja's power bases on the oath to never give herself to any man... Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
The credits say that the movie is based on characters created by Robert E. Howard (who died in 1936), who created the basic Hyborian setting, but omit mention of writer Roy Thomas and illustrator Barry Windsor-Smith who created the specific character Red Sonja in 1973. See more »
[referring to the Killer of the Icthyan Caverns]
My Queen, this pet of yours is difficult for the rest of us to control; there can be no guarantees that something won't... well, go wrong.
If anything does, YOU will be its next victim.
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This is a wonderfully moral sword and sorcery epic. Arnold Schwarzenegger portrays a heroic man of high character unlike the amoral Conan. His portrayal of Kalidor is understated and that makes it WORK.
Brigitte Nielsen while a raw talent, still manages to put this film over.
She is what one expects a Red Sonja to be: a simple, brave, barbarian woman with a sense of loyalty and oath upholding that is so alien to our modern world.
Sandahl Bergman as the nefarious Queen Gedren is marvelous. She has a plum role playing a villainous megalomaniac and she enjoys every minute of it.
Paul Smith and his sidekick Ernie Reyes Jr. almost steal the show, quite charming. Again there is a humanity in Smith's character, this loyalty and taking seriously of an oath that rings true for the imagined world of this sword and sorcery entry.
Tutte Lemkow's portrayal of a wizard is one of the minor roles that is very well done.
Of all the sword and sandal movies I have seen over the years I have a special place for this 1985 film.
It is a feel good movie, romantic, exciting, beautiful scenery and costumes and an excellent ARNOLD film.
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