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The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire (1981)

The hero is given his mentor's bow (the Heartbow) which chooses its new owner when passed on. It fires arrows that blow up like grenades, but can only be wielded by the one chosen to wield ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lane Caudell Lane Caudell ... Toran of Malveel
Belinda Bauer ... Estra
Victor Campos Victor Campos ... Slant
Kabir Bedi ... Gar the Draikian
George Innes ... Mak
Marc Alaimo ... Sandros
Allan Rich ... Yos
John Hancock
Priscilla Pointer
George Kennedy ... Brakus
Robert Feero ... Captain Ria
Richard Dix Richard Dix ... Rak
Ivan J. Rado ... Vors
Sharon Barr ... Mandras The Horse Chief
Tony Swartz Tony Swartz ... Riis


The hero is given his mentor's bow (the Heartbow) which chooses its new owner when passed on. It fires arrows that blow up like grenades, but can only be wielded by the one chosen to wield her. The hero is a member of a nomadic tribe wiped out by the Draikian Empire's forces. He attempts to find the wizard Lazar-Sa who might be able to help him. He is joined by a thief looking for adventure and cash, and the daughter of a goddess, Estra, looking to revenger herself on Lazar-Sa for crimes against her mother. Written by Rob Douglas <rdougals@stsci.edu>

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English | German

Release Date:

12 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Archer and the Sorceress See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The first major film to have a one hundred percent synthesized score. See more »


Gar the Draikian: This is what I am, you oily pompadour. And I won't hide it, not anymore. Falon Dutras, your one-time friend, your companion at court, is no more. He's gone now, finished. I'm Gar the Snake Master now. Gar the Draikian. The Destroyer. The Dark One. All of me, Ria, inside and out. Do you understand that? Do you see?
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Alternate Versions

The original pilot's ending was longer than a later version. 1. After Estra splits from Tohran and Slant, Gar is shown to have escaped. 2. Celebration in Kamal after Tohran and Slant return. 3. Lazar-sa speaks to Tohran and Slant via the hawk. 4. Closing shot of Tohran and Slant starting the quest to find Lazar-sa. See more »

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Sword and sorcery miss
17 April 2009 | by oraklonSee all my reviews

This sword and sorcery flick is a mess. Judging from the confused narrative and editing plus constant namedropping of characters we haven't been introduced to, I would guess that it's a failed TV-pilot or something that somebody squeezed together to feature length and released to an unsuspecting world. If you have a high tolerance level for bad sword and sorcery flicks there's some fun to be had: there's some monsters, like the cool snake-men, magic, a lot of silly fantasy nonsense dialogue ("you must recover the runestone from Brakus the Destroyer in order to save the kingdom of Harmonia from the evil... blah blah blah...") and some weird color filters that the creators use from now and then for no apparent reason. Also, it should be noted that this film takes itself 100% serious, which makes the pretentious overacting from an aged George Kennedy in fake-beard and a silly wig all the funnier. And everybody's favorite boy's-own hero Kabir "Sandokan" Bedi plays the hero's sidekick! But all in all I think it's safe to say that this movie is only for real sword and sorcery nerds like me. Hawk the Slayer come back, all is forgiven!

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