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The Flame and the Arrow (1950)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History | 9 July 1950 (USA)
Dardo, a Robin Hood-like figure, and his loyal followers use a Roman ruin in Medieval Lombardy as their headquarters as they conduct an insurgency against their Hessian conquerors.

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Complete credited cast:
... Dardo Bartoli
... Anne de Hesse
... Marchese Alessandro de Granazia
... Nonna Bartoli
Frank Allenby ... Count 'The Hawk' Ulrich
... Piccolo
... Francesca (as Lynne Baggett)
Gordon Gebert ... Rudi Bartoli - Dardo's Son
... Apollo - The Troubador
Victor Kilian ... Mazzoni - Apothecary
Francis Pierlot ... Papa Pietro
... Skinner
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Twelfth-century Lombardy lies under the iron heel of German overlord Count Ulrich 'The Hawk', but in the mountains, guerillas yet resist. Five years before our story, Ulrich stole away the pretty wife of young archer Dardo who, cynical rather than embittered, still has little interest in joining the rebels. But this changes when his son, too, is taken from him. The rest is lighthearted swashbuckling, plus romantic interludes with lovely hostage Anne. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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No army could stop him ! No dungeon could hold him ! See more »


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9 July 1950 (USA)  »

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The Hawk and the Arrow  »

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$1,600,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Although numerous sources have claimed that the project was originally intended for Errol Flynn, by 1950 Flynn's physical condition had deteriorated to a point that precluded his playing the role. See more »

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When Dardo and Piccolo trip the soldiers in the castle with the pole, the lead soldier starts to fall without ever having touched the pole. See more »

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Dardo Bartoli: Now, Marchese, we're in the dark where a sword is just a long knife.
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Enjoyable swashbuckling
28 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

One of the more enjoyable swinging-from-the-chandelier-with-a- -sword adventures made a la Erroll Flynn. A lively pace, loads of action, a witty-if-fluffy script, an enchanting score, good performances, and above all an incredible number of acrobatic stunts make this utterly enjoyable. Lancaster had been a circus acrobat before he got into films, and managed to work every stunt he could do into the script. He even balances and poses on the top of a 20-foot pole, for real. I'm still amazed that a guy that big could be so good.

(This film also had an ongoing effect on Hollywood: At the time Lancaster's career was fading, he was typecast as a big dumb lug in the kind of Film Noir that was rapidly going out of fashion. He realized that he had to do something, and rather than rely on the studios he bought this script and produced it himself. And gave himself a whole new career, an example not lost on other actors. This was one of the films that marked the beginning of the end of the paternalistic studio system, one that showed actors that they could control their own careers. For good or ill.)


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