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Red Sonja (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  3 July 1985 (USA)
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A vengeful woman sets out to retrieve a magic orb from an evil queen whom she vows vengeance upon after the evil queen slain her family and her loyal warriors raped her.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Falkon (as Paul Smith)
Ronald Lacey ...
Pat Roach ...
Terry Richards ...
Janet Agren ...
Varna, Red Sonja's Sister
Donna Osterbuhr ...
Gedren's Handmaid (as Lara Naszinsky)
Hans Meyer ...
Red Sonja's Father
Francesca Romana Coluzzi ...
Red Sonja's Mother
Stefano Maria Mioni ...
Barlok, Red Sonja's Brother (as Stafano Mioni)
Tutte Lemkow ...


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>

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Release Date:

3 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crvena Sonja  »

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$17,900,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Arnold Schwarzenegger himself eschews this movie as one of his worst, yet he (laughingly) claims that it's an excellent disciplinary tool for his children: "I tell them, if they get on my bad side, they'll be forced to watch Red Sonja (1985) ten times in a row. Consequently, none of my kids has ever given me much trouble." See more »


When Falkon is pulling Red Sonja under the gate from the room with the talisman, he loses balance and pushes down on the gate Kalidor is trying to hold up. See more »


Brytag: This is my land. All that pass through pay me tribute.
Red Sonja: How much, Brytag?
Brytag: Who mentioned money? Tribute, I said. The tender kind all women pay to Brytag.
Red Sonja: (drawing her sword) Suppose I don't. Suppose, instead, I open up that great, fat belly of yours?
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Referenced in The Flying Doctors: Do You Read Me? (1986) See more »

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Laptop Critics Don't Know Jack
19 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Personally this is one of my all time favorite movies since I was very young. That being said I had not seen this movie in over a decade before seeing it on the shelf at the grocery store where I purchased it.

I had just watched the two Conan movies a few nights prior and I sat down with my lady to watch an old favorite.

To me this movie was infinitely more enjoyable than the Conan movies. And even as an adult some 20 years later with a much wider and esoteric taste in movies, music and games; I found this movie a blast and I'm not going to say it's a 10 and nor am I going to play the role of lap top critic.

I'm just going to say this: In a world of horrible blockbusters like GI Joe and Transformers I feel Red Sonja was money and time well spent.

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