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Barbarian (2003)

An ancient land suffocates in the shadow of evil. A dark lord rules unopposed. One warrior will become legend. He is the Barbarian... the last great warrior king.

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Cast

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Kane
Irina Grigoreva ...
Princess (as Irina Grigorieva)
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Gilda
Yuri Danilchenko ...
Wooby / Kitchen Boy
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Zigrid
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Munkar
Dmitriy Shevchenko ...
Kristo
Irina Karra ...
Ilsa
Evelina Bledans ...
Sevra
Evdokiya Germanova ...
Witch (as Evdokia Germanova)
Yuriy Dumchev ...
Dark Prince
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Dark Prince (as Gary Casper)
Yuriy Petrov ...
King Kandor
Aleksandr Revenko ...
Fat King
Ekaterina Drobish ...
Damsel
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An ancient land suffocates in the shadow of evil. A dark lord rules unopposed. One warrior will become legend. He is the Barbarian... the last great warrior king.

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The Last Great Warrior King.

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Rated R for sexuality and violence | See all certifications »
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24 June 2003 (USA)  »

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Barbarian: The Last Great Warrior King  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Scenes were filmed in historic castles in remote areas of the Crimea in southern Ukraine. See more »

Goofs

When Wooby first appears, supposedly tied to a tree, as the bandits rough him up, his left hand comes out and he quickly puts it back, but it can be seen not to be tied at all. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the opening title sequence, several nonspeaking extras or bit players are credited as if they were principals simply because their English-looking names would be more easily readable by American viewers. See more »

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Edited from Deathstalker (1983) See more »

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Average reworking of the film 'Deathstalker'
2 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is ostensibly an attempted remake of the original Deathstalker movie. It even plunders numerous scenes from the aforementioned such as the warriors banquet for instance (presumably to a) save on money and b) pad out the running time) In reference to the first point, viewing the film it is immediately blatant that this was shot on a very tight budget indeed.

But of course cheap doesn't necessarily equate to crap does it? So the question obviously is, is this film any good?

Well yes and no in fact.....

On the plus side, as other reviewers have noted, Michael O'Hearn looks splendid in the role as the barbarian Kane (basically the same character as Deathstalker but actually far more amiable) There are also a number of rather well choreographed fight scenes utilising an interesting variety of weapons. A big plus for the guys now: The ladies in this film are absolutely stunning! (and virtually all of them at some point are seen topless!)

Sounds pretty good so far? Well.....let us consider some of the bad points...

For one, Martin Kove is dreadfully wasted in his role as the main villain. I'm presuming, judging by the amount of scenes he was actually in, that he only had a day or twos work on this movie.

Another very irritating (not to mention down right bloody infuriating) gripe I have with this film is the ridiculous character of 'Wooby'. What in the hell was the point of inserting this 'thing' into the film?! It looks like a cross between a shrunken wookie and a piece of rotting carpet! - and don't even get me started about the ridiculous, 'supposed to be cute' noises it emits!

Finally, the movie has quite obviously been entirely (and very poorly) re-dubbed throughout.

To conclude then, I guess that if you look upon this as a sort of modern tribute to the sword and sorcery movies of the 1980's that were all the rage in the wake of the success of Conan the Barbarian then you may find it to be worth a look (for nostalgia purposes if nothing else) Likewise, fans of TV series such as Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess may find some not inconsiderable enjoyment here as this film does carry a similar (albeit more violent) feel to it. However, overall in comparison to many of it's brethren in the Sword and Sorcery genre this sadly comes out as only average at best.


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