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The Warrior (2001)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  15 July 2005 (USA)
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In feudal India, a warrior (Khan) who renounces his role as the longitme enforcer to a local lord becomes the prey in a murderous hunt through the Himalayan mountains.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lafcadia - Warrior
Puru Chibber ...
Katiba, Warrior's son
Aino Annuddin ...
Manoj Mishra ...
Nanhe Khan ...
Chander Singh ...
Hemanth Mahaur ...
Warrior (as Hemant Maahaor)
Mandakini Goswami ...
Sunita Sharma ...
The girl
Shaukat Baig ...
Gori Shanker ...
Tarang village headman
Prabhuram ...
Wagaram ...
Blacksmith's son
Ajai Rohilla ...
Quarrey foreman
Noor Mani ...
Riaz - Thief


Circa feudal India in the State of Rajasthan is a desert region that is ruled over by a cruel and sadistic Lord, who, with the help of a handful of equally cruel and fierce warriors, led by Lafcadia, weigh a reign of terror upon those who do not submit or dare to oppose him. Long-haired Lafcadia is widowed but has a son, Katiba. Once when Katiba was by himself, he befriends a young girl, who ties a Raakhee on his hand and makes him her brother, and in return he gives her his amulet. When the Lord asks Lafcadia to subdue the villagers of Tarang, they carry out his orders. After the raid while Lafcadia stands by, his warriors rape and loot the villagers, it is then that Lafcadia is surprised by the very same young girl, and it is Katiba's amulet that saves her from being killed. This incident has a deep impact on Lafcadia and he decides to give up his job & sword and seek peace in his village in Kullu in the Himalayas. When the Lord finds out, he asks the rest of the warriors to hunt ... Written by rAjOo (

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Adventure | Drama

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 July 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El guerrero  »

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£2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,130 (USA) (15 July 2005)


$48,160 (USA) (5 August 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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The Hindi-language film "The Warrior" was chosen by the British Academy of Film and Television to represent the UK in the "Best Foreign Language Film" category at the 2003 Oscars. The AMPAA took the highly unusual step of rejecting the movie because although the film had a British-born director (of Indian ancestry) and was co-produced by three British companies, the film did not qualify as British since "Hindi was not a language indigenous to the U.K." The British Academy was forced to submit its second choice, the Welsh-language, "Eldra". In an ironic twist, "The Warrior" went on to win "Best British Film" at the British Academy Awards the following year, although it lost "Best Non-English Film" to a film from Spain. See more »


Before The Warrior tosses his dagger into the stream, a wire attached to the hilt to retrieve it from the water off-camera is clearly visible on the palm his left hand. See more »

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Beautiful to look at
31 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A slow moving and beautifully shot meditation on life and death, all set within a barren and inhospitable landscape. THE WARRIOR marked Asif Kapadia's breakout from short films into feature length cinema, and it's a stunning debut. A familiar storyline unfolds in a leisurely and unhurried way, promoting realism at all times. Don't go in thinking this is an action film due to the misleading title, because you'll be disappointed: there isn't a single sword fight to be found.

Irrfan Khan is a delight as the titular character, but the real star here is Kapadia himself. His cinematography aches with beauty, and he has a way of shooting isolated landscapes in a way that few other directors can match (for more of this check out FAR NORTH). Not since Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre have I seen such a film shot through with this kind of artistic composition. There are shades of the Lone Wolf & Cub films here, but this meditative film turns out to be something else entirely; I really liked it.

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