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Red Sonja -- In the times of sword and sorcery, amazonian Red Sonja avenges her sister's death and deposes an evil queen.


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Release Date:
3 July 1985 (USA) See more »
Heroes of their time. For all time. See more »
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 »
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  (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
Sound Department
Derek Brechin .... assistant sound editor
Jay M. Harding .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Hochman .... sound editor
Sergio Marcotulli .... sound engineer
William L. McCaughey .... sound re-recording mixer
Ray O'Reilly .... sound 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
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
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
Roberto de Laurentiis .... location manager
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)
Crew verified as complete

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89 min
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Did You Know?

Sigourney Weaver was considered for Red Sonja.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Sonja has round vaccine scars on her shoulder.See more »
Red Sonja:Falkon, may I give you a word of advice? Put him over your knee and beat some manners into him.See more »
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Referenced in Detention (2011)See more »


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.
OK I admit I enjoyed it!!, 21 April 2000
Author: King_Opossum from somewhere much higher than you...

Let's just settle this before I start - this is a bad bad movie! You will be hard pressed to find such awful acting anywhere as Miss Nielsen, 'veteran' director Richard Fleischer stumbles blindly through a non-existant plot, and you will feel absolutely no sympathy for either the good guys or the bad - in other words you just won't care!

I would love to have hated this film - as a self-proclaimed 'movie-buff' this is the kind of film I should not even go near. But I'm loathed to admit...I enjoyed it! The two stars, amongst their awful acting, are actually quite engaging in a comedic way (intentional or not!). I began to relish the dialogue scenes just to see if a line could have been delivered with any more wood! The intentional comedy comes from a young prince (Ernie Reyes Jr) and his bodyguard (Paul Smith). Although I wished the prince to find the end of a sword as quickly as possible from his first scene, the interplay between these two characters was amusing, with some one-liners that could not have been more out of place in this film! The villainous queen (played by Sandahl Bergman) is unfortunately bland and forgettable. But one real treat for me was another completely out-of-place commodity - a great rousing score from maestro Ennio Morricone!

This was Schwarzenegger's return to his CONAN genre after hitting it big with THE TERMINATOR. It isn't too surprising that this was the last 'swords and sorcery' movie he did - but I promise you won't hate it! You'll want to!....but you won't!

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