The Secret of the Sword (1985)

G  |   |  Animation, Action, Fantasy  |  22 March 1985 (USA)
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Prince Adam and Cringer travel to Etheria in search of the one who is meant for a special destiny.....One who will gain the power to become She-ra, and who will fight to free Etheria from ... See full summary »


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The beginning of how the strongest man in the universe gained the power to defend his homeworld.

Director: Gary Hartle
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Cast overview:
John Erwin ...
Princess Adora / She-Ra / Catra / Hunga the Harpy (voice)
Skeletor / Man-at-Arms / Cringer / Battle Cat / Bald Rebel / Chef Alan (voice)
Linda Gary ...
Bow / Hordak (voice)
Erika Scheimer ...
Queen Angella / Imp (voice)
Lou Scheimer ...
King Randor / Swift-Wind / Kowl / Mantenna / Horde Trooper / Kobra Khan / Trap Jaw / Tri-Klops / Broom / Sprag / Sprocker / Garv the Innkeeper / Bard / Messenger / Horde Computer (voice) (as Erik Gunden)


Prince Adam and Cringer travel to Etheria in search of the one who is meant for a special destiny.....One who will gain the power to become She-ra, and who will fight to free Etheria from the Horde's evil grasp. Written by Cringer <>

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Like the He-Man television series before it, this film was based on a popular line of toys. She-Ra and her rebel friends were all released as part of the She-Ra line. Most of the Horde characters (Hordak, Leech, Mantenna, Grizlor) were all part of the Masters of the Universe line. Catra was the only Horde member who was released as part of the She-Ra line, as she was originally intended to be She-Ra's arch-enemy, before Hordak was eventually given that role. See more »


During all the scenes involving the Magna Beam and it's charger, Hordak's right arm keeps changing between his usual blue one and a mechanical one with a claw without explanation. See more »


[first lines]
Hordak: You may have defeated us, but you'll never see this child again! Ah-Hahahahahahahaha!
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Crazy Credits

Writer Larry DiTillio's last name was misspelled on the original release as 'DiTillo'. This was corrected for the DVD release. See more »


Edited from She-Ra: Princess of Power: Battle for Bright Moon (1985) See more »


I Have The Power
Composed by Erika Scheimer, Shuki Levy, and Haim Saban
Lyrics by Erika Scheimer
Performed by Erika Scheimer and Noam Kaniel
Courtesy of Shermley Music Co. ASCAP
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Surprisingly good
6 June 2005 | by (Croatia, Europe) – See all my reviews

In a world far away lives a prince called Adam who can transform into He-man, a fighter for good and justice. One day his friend, the sorceress, sends him and his talking tiger Cringer on a mission to find the owner of a magic sword in a different world, Etheria. But once there, Adam finds the evil army of Hordak is controlling everyone. And he soon meets Adora, who just might be the owner of the magic sword...

Back then, when I was a kid, I was very fond of the "He-man and the masters of the universe" show and it's "sequel" "She-ra". When I grew up I decided to do a little research. You know, to go on a hunt for your childhood memories. Soon I discovered my old "He-man" tapes and watched them again. And this time I was very disappointed. They simply seemed like a cliché with every episode looking the same. After that I saw "She-ra" again too, and although this show was a little better, I still found that it lost a lot of it's magic during my growing up. The only great episode was "Sweet Bee's home".


I then went to watch "The secret of the sword". Before I did that I was in massive fear that this film will too break my heart and that I should maybe avoid it just to keep it a part of my nostalgia. But was I pleasantly surprised! The minute that song "For the honor of love" started to play in the intro all my respect, joy and enthusiasm got back in a flash again. The movie is just simply excellent, the best thing the "He-man" crew ever made. It's much more darker and has a sharp edge, making it superior to the naive TV show's. The best sequence for me was the one where He-man is captured by the evil Horde while Adora can't sleep and wakes up in the middle of the night. She then goes to the chamber where He-man is being held in a special booth. She wants to help him, but also wants to stay loyal to the Horde. Her struggle with herself is a real drama with great emotions. And then, finally, she takes her sword, transforms herself into She-ra and free's He-man. Simply amazing piece of writing that combined her transformation with her change of character.

Truth be told, the story does have flaws. Mostly when it plays back in He-man's world( why in the world would He-man and She-ra just leave Skeletor in Snake mountain after they defeated him?! They could have brought him to jail! )but the film is still a mighty good piece of nostalgia and melancholy. And I'm glad it's quality stayed.

Grade: 8/10

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