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The Lords of Magick (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Fantasy, Comedy  |  12 June 1989 (USA)
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A pair of sorcerer brothers from 10th-century England show up in modern-day California and wreak havoc.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jarrett Parker ...
Michael Redglen
Mark Gauthier ...
Ulric Redglen
Brendan Dillon Jr. ...
Salatin
David Snow ...
Tommy
Devon Pierce ...
Princess Luna (as Ruth Zakarian)
Candy Galvane ...
Ellen (as Candace Galvane)
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The King
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Edgar (as Clement St. George)
Robert Ankers ...
Richard Rifkin ...
The Corpse
Robert Hopper ...
Tavern Keeper
Rene' St. Peter ...
Prostitute
Debbie Davis ...
Pea Princess
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Fred Asparagus ...
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A pair of sorcerer brothers from 10th-century England show up in modern-day California and wreak havoc.

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Two wizards from the past on a quest into the future See more »

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The Japanese release of this film had an alternate title, King of Wizards. See more »

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In the opening credits, Devon Pierce is billed as "The Princess". On the end credits, she is billed as "Lina". however, she is referred to as "Luna" in the dialogue with several references to an association with the moon. See more »

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Ulric Redglen: [Upon passing a prostitute in the street] No! Ulric, stray not from thy sworn duty! There are many temptations in this land, but thou shalt have time for none of them... until later. Then thou can hump thy ass off!
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A fantastic romp without the benefit of Hollywood
25 January 2002 | by (Livermore, CA) – See all my reviews

I first saw Lords of Magick at Fukumura Video in Kitami, Japan. I was working as an ESL (English as a Second Language) and needed a break. What a treat this was on a snowy evening!

Lords of Magicks is very much an amateur's film: some of the swords were obviously picked up at Cost Plus Imports; the final battle takes place at the director's business; some parts of 10th century England look suspiciously like a California park; the film appears to have been shot on videotape, rather than reel-to-reel film, but the film displays two critical elements: simplicity, and energy.

What Lords of Magick lacks in Hollywood glitz, in makes up in its earnest simplicity: a princess is kidnapped by an evil wizard, and two young wizards (woefully unequal to the task) are railroaded to rescue her. Clichéd? Sure! The movie even makes fun of its own plot, "Another captured princess? How common!"

This kind of humor shows up again and again, which never fails to encourage laughter. When the villain froths at the mouth and makes a threat of doom when the princess is rescued from his clutches, Thomas (Brendan Dillon Jr.) remarks, "Lighten up, dude! You're so intense!"

There aren't very many films that can portray their own energy, but this is one of them. The film attempts (and for the most part succeeds) in attending to every one of the elements of a fantasy adventure. From time travel to sorcery, from gallantry to temptation, Lords of Magick shows that you don't have to have state-of-the-art special effects or an all-star cast, you just have to believe.

Sometimes that belief can lead you astray, however. During the final battle at Marsh Electronics (which I believe is the director's business--it seems just a bit too coincidental if it wasn't the same person) our heroes suddenly find themselves battling the living dead, who come out of the walls. This sequence was never fully explained, nor does the scene add anything to the duel between the two wizards other than confusion.

All the same, I'm glad I paid my 1800 Yen for my copy. It's a film I can go back to again and again just to ejoy it for what it is: a romp through fantasy, a sword and sorcery epic without musclebound goons stumbling over their lines, or excess Hollywood schmaltz!

Nine stars!


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