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Hawk the Slayer (1980)

With the aid of his companions, a man seeks to defeat his evil brother who has taken a nun hostage.

Director:

Terry Marcel

Writers:

Terry Marcel (original story and screenplay), Harry Robertson (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Palance ... Voltan
John Terry ... Hawk
Bernard Bresslaw ... Gort, Giant
Ray Charleson Ray Charleson ... Crow, Elf
Peter O'Farrell ... Baldin, Dwarf
William Morgan Sheppard ... Ranulf (as Morgan Sheppard)
Patricia Quinn ... Woman, Sorceress
Cheryl Campbell ... Sister Monica
Annette Crosbie ... Abbess
Catriona MacColl ... Eliane
Shane Briant ... Drogo
Harry Andrews ... High Abbot
Christopher Benjamin ... Fitzwalter
Roy Kinnear ... Innkeeper
Patrick Magee ... Priest
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Storyline

Hawk, having suffered the ignominy of watching both his father and fiancée die at the hands of his brother, Voltan, sets out on a quest for companions to aid him in his fight to stop his brother's reign of evil and free the Abbess. Written by Lee Shapiro <hgwells@magicnet.net>

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Two brothers locked in deadly combat till the end of time !

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Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Falcão Justiceiro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Palance was injured in a fight scene when John Terry's sword punctured his body. Palance didn't stop and completed the take. Afterwards, director Terry Marcel went over to see if Palance was alright. Palance cast any concerns aside and continued with the shoot. See more »

Quotes

Drogo: Now this must stay a secret between you and me. Not only will I bring back the head of this Hawk, but I'll have the gold as well. Then Voltan will see who is the lord of the dance.
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References Superman (1978) See more »

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You've never had it so good.
11 February 2003 | by hissingsidSee all my reviews

A friend of mine said I should give this film a bit of a critical kicking and I protested on the grounds that it would be rather like sawing the legs off a man who has lost the use of them in a bizarre yachting accident - adding insult to injury, as it were.

Then again, boy does this film deserve it. All of you young people who think Fantasy films are great because you've been spoiled by stuff like Fellowship of the Ring (and even minor players like Dragonheart) just haven't got a clue what it was like in the 80s. When I were a lad, pretty much all fantasy films were this horrible. The Beastmaster was about as rich, exotic and imaginative as it got because some of the baddies wore nasty armour, and there some flying carnivorous birdmen things in it. Oh, tell a lie... Krull was quite good with the Slayers and The Beast and Firemares and Robbie Coltrane. But this? You've got men in dirty leather. You've got Jack Palance being oooooh villainous, scareeeeee. You've got a man with a logically unfeasible crossbow, and a faintly magnificent seveny plot. If it is a 'plot'. Personally I think it's more of a 'splat'.

Strangely, the cast is almost good. They should be ashamed of themselves. Patricia Quinn from Rocky Horror's in it. And Annette Crosbie's in it - okay, British viewers will know her as Victor Meldrew's wife, but she was the voice of Galadriel in the dodgy old cartoon of Lord of the Rings. For that matter, Bernard Bresslaw's in this - he's sort of the thinking man's Brian Blessed only without the beard. He plays the cyclops in Krull, too! Quality stuff.

My favourite though has got to be the old bloke with the crossbow. This is none other than W. Morgan Shepherd, known to subsequent generations as G'Kar's uncle in Babylon 5, Blank Reg in Max Headroom, and - currently - Colonel Hargrave in the Medal of Honor computer games. He the man.

Don't watch this film, you'll regret it. It's like Monty Python and the Holy Grail without the jokes. Well, I tell a lie. There are worse films. Wizards of the Lost Kingdom, or that one with the stupid sword that can fire blades at people unconvincingly and that weedy man from Street Hawk in a loincloth.

Ah me. Those were the days. And that's why you should be grateful you're living in a time when 'fantasy' means 'Lord of the Rings', and 'spectacular cinematic achievement', and isn't a word one uses in hushed tones. In fact, consider this mind-blowing fact... in its day, Hawk the Slayer was considered not half bad as far as cinema fantasy films went. That's how desperate things were.

Anyway - Hawk the Slayer's not the worst fantasy film in the world, much as Pol-Pot, being responsible for the deaths of a mere 2 million civilians really isn't the worst mass-murderer in the world.#

Enjoy.


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