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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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Paul L. Smith ...
Falkon (as Paul Smith)
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Ronald Lacey ...
Pat Roach ...
Terry Richards ...
Janet Agren ...
Varna, Red Sonja's Sister
Donna Osterbuhr ...
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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 ...
Wizard
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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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A woman and a warrior that became a legend. See more »


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3 July 1985 (USA)  »

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$17,900,000 (estimated)
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Maria Shriver said in a TV interview that at the premiere of this film she remarked to her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger, "If this doesn't kill your career, nothing will". See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Red Sonja: No man may have me, unless he's beaten me in a fair fight.
Kalidor: So, the only man that can have you, is one who's trying to kill you. That's logic.
[Red Sonja goes and lies down. Kalidor picks up his sword and holds it to her throat]
Kalidor: If you yield only to a conqueror, then prepared to be conquered... Little Sonja...
Red Sonja: Don't be a fool, I don't want to kill you.
Kalidor: Try it.
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Actually, As Much As People Hate This, It Still Runs Like Conan 3.
22 April 2007 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

It is sad that Schwarzenegger was the best thing about this production, especially considering the fact that he had not yet come into his own, and was still as stiff as cardboard in his dialog delivery.

Actually, this isn't as bad as some critics say, but it isn't good, either. It IS amusing, and DOES play like a poor country cousin of the Conan line, making it a conflicted, uneven, poor work. And speaking of poor, the quality is terrible, due to the era in which this was filmed, but that is not the only reason.

The story herein is inferior, even to the Conan line, but moreover, it loses itself in the "Red Sonja must be dominated by big strong Schwarzenegger" ploy, and entirely forgets its purpose, if it ever had one.

It's entertaining, but in a low-budget, guilty-pleasure "B" kind of way.

It rates a 4.2/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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