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Writers:
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Release Date:
3 July 1985 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Heroes of their time. For all time. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Sword-and-Sorcery epic with female lead accompanied briefly by a He-man taking on multiple adventures See more (95 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Brigitte Nielsen ... Red Sonja

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Kalidor

Sandahl Bergman ... Queen Gedren

Paul L. Smith ... Falkon (as Paul Smith)

Ernie Reyes Jr. ... Prince Tarn

Ronald Lacey ... Ikol

Pat Roach ... Brytag
Terry Richards ... Djart

Janet Agren ... Varna, Red Sonja's Sister
Donna Osterbuhr ... Kendra the High Priestess

Lara Lamberti ... 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
Kiyoshi Yamasaki ... Kyobo
Tad Horino ... Swordmaster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erik Holmey ... Warrior (uncredited)

Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Bodyguard of Lord Brytag (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Robert E. Howard (character)

Clive Exton (written by) and
George MacDonald Fraser (written by)

Produced by
Christian Ferry .... producer
A. Michael Lieberman .... executive producer
José López Rodero .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Rotunno 
 
Film Editing by
Frank J. Urioste 
 
Production Design by
Danilo Donati 
 
Art Direction by
Gianni Giovagnoni 
 
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati 
 
Makeup Department
Rino Carboni .... creative makeup
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Laura Fattori .... unit manager
Federico Tocci .... unit manager
Lucio Trentini .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vic Armstrong .... action unit supervisor
Michel Ferry .... assistant director
José López Rodero .... first assistant director
Mauro Sacripanti .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Colin Arthur .... fish machine and spider designer and builder
Alvaro Belsole .... chief constructor
Giacomo Calò Carducci .... set dresser (as Giacomo Carducci)
Boni Fraulo .... property master
Carlo Maggi .... chief plasterer
Giulio Tamassy .... chief sculptor
Giuseppe Tortora .... fish machine and spider designer and builder
Maurice Zuberano .... storyboard artist
Renato Casaro .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Derek Brechin .... assistant sound editor
Jay M. Harding .... re-recording mixer
Paul Hochman .... sound editor
Sergio Marcotulli .... sound engineer
William L. McCaughey .... re-recording mixer
Ray O'Reilly .... re-recording mixer
Franca Silvi .... sound editor
Amelio Verona .... sound mixer
Les Wiggins .... supervising sound editor
Liberata Zocchi .... assistant sound editor
Marty Church .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
William Parnell .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John K. Stirber .... special effects
Bruno Van Zeebroeck .... special effects
Franco Galiano .... special effects (uncredited)
María Luisa Pino .... special effects/makeup assistant (uncredited)
Joseph Rochlitz .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Syd Dutton .... matte department
Dennis Glouner .... matte department
Barry Nolan .... additional visual effects and titles
Emilio Ruiz del Río .... foreground miniatures
Bill Taylor .... matte department
Albert Whitlock .... matte shots
 
Stunts
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua .... stunts
Sergio Mioni .... stunt coordinator
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunt double
Terry Richards .... stunts (uncredited)
Sven-Ole Thorsen .... stunts (uncredited)
Pietro Torrisi .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cesare Allione .... camera operator
Augusto Diamanti .... key grip
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci .... camera operator (as Gianni Fiore Coltellacci)
Gino Pasqualini .... chief lighting technician (as Giorgio Pasqualini)
Mario Tursi .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Francesco Cinieri .... casting: Rome
Johanna Ray .... casting: Los Angeles
Maude Spector .... casting: London
Nina Axelrod .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emanuela Alteri .... wardrobe painter
Franco Antonelli .... wardrobe coordinator
Thomas Casterline .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
Penelope Shaw .... assistant film editor
 
Location Management
Roberto de Laurentiis .... location manager
 
Music Department
Cesare D'Amico .... music editor
Franco Tamponi .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Enrico Pini .... transportation manager
 
Other crew
Vic Armstrong .... action unit supervisor
Giuseppe Cancellara .... armorer
Marina De Tiberiis .... production office coordinator: Rome
Maria Federici .... production secretary (as Maria Pia Federici)
Mario Francini .... production assistant
Carlos López .... action unit coordinator (as Juan Carlos Lopez)
Golda Offenheim .... production office coordinator: London
Ernie Reyes Sr. .... martial arts consultant
Francesca Roberti .... script supervisor
Mike Russell .... unit publicist (as Michael Russell)
Stefano Spadoni .... production assistant
Luciano Tartaglia .... assistant accountant
Kiyoshi Yamasaki .... martial arts
Marcello Lanza .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
William Stout .... creature designer (uncredited)
 
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89 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Plot holes: When in the cavern with the killing machine Kalidor calls Falkon by name even though he has not been told it yet.See more »
Quotes:
Brytag:I'm going to feed your eyes to the birds, red-hair!
Red Sonja:I don't need eyes to find you, I can smell you at a hundred paces!
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Who is the star of this movie? Arnold Schwarzenegger or Brigitte Nielsen?
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Sword-and-Sorcery epic with female lead accompanied briefly by a He-man taking on multiple adventures, 17 January 2011
Author: ma-cortes

Thrilling and spectacular movie full of imagination and fantasy that introduces us a brave heroine , female counterpart to Conan , and appointed to juvenile public and full-blooded adventure aficionados. Sword-and-sorcery saga with silly action , spectacular images and fantastic scenes with witchcraft and necromancy . This is a tale of fantasy , magic , imagination, blood and wizardly set in a mythical primitive world of barbarisms. This is an amusing adventure saga inspired on Robert E Howard's pulp tale , it stars Brigitte Nielsen ( by that time married Silvester Stallone) who join forces with the mythic and valiant warrior Kalifor ( a super-swordsman Arnold Schwarznegger in a brief guest spot), a Hyborian Age hero , a Conan-alike , taking on heinous forces of devil and evil minions . A nasty sorceress kills the keeper (Janet Agren) of a powerful green bulb that gives her great power , but Red Sonja is sister of the keeper and seeks vengeance on villainess Gedren who also massacred her family . A selfish little boy prince named Tarn (Ernie Reyes Jr) and his underling Falkon (Paul L. Smith), whose kingdom was wiped out by Gedren soon joins them . They undergo on a perilous trip to find the talisman , confronting magicians , spectres and dangerous adventures. Our heroine fights the evil hoodlums of brutal Queen Gedren (Sandahl Bergman) who seeks the total power and leading a vibrant ending.

This exciting film packs noisy action, fantasy, adventure, witchery , and rip-roaring fights . Dumb images , unintentionally hilarious and lots of amusement and entertainment . Made on a fairly big scale with spectacular set design and glimmer photography . Quite budget for an Italian/Netherland/US co-production and lavishly produced by Dino De Laurentiis , her daughter Francesca and Jose Lopez Rodero. This entertaining picture contains frenetic action , tension , necromancy, and moving action scenes . The film is full of freaks and bemusing situations ; it is quite entertaining because being a laborious and intriguing adventure tale with some humor . Colorful cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno , Federico Fellini's usual . Very derivative special effects , grand production design by Danilo Donati ,and matte paintings by Albert Whitlock and Emilio Ruiz del Rio . Impressive musical score composed and conducted by the master Ennio Morricone. The motion picture is middling directed by Richard Fleischer . He's an expert director , with adventure classics (Vikings, 20.000 leagues under sea) and noir cinema (Narrow margin,Clay pigeons,Trapped). The film will appeal to fantasy buffs with enough action to make it worth looking in on . In other words, it seem likely Conan enthusiasts and juvenile viewers will be delighted because thrills, action and adventures are brilliantly presented and edited to offer the maximum impact. Rating : 5,5 ; it's an old-fashioned B film on an acceptable scale and basically enjoyable because of it.

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