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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

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 ... Capt. Ria
Richard Dix Richard Dix ... Rak
Ivan J. Rado ... Vors
Sharon Barr ... Mandras - The Horse Chief
Tony Swartz Tony Swartz ... Riis
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

12 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Archer and the Sorceress See more »

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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

Quotes

Rak: He's making sense, listen to him. Please, listen!
Mandras The Horse Chief: Why? He's no Brakus, no matter what his blood. Not even in his wildest dreams. Brakus was my enemy. But there was honor in fighting such an enemy, and even more honor in making him king! Now the honor is gone, and so Mandras is gone.
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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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The Archer: Fugitive from the empire
23 July 2006 | by TempestFrostSee all my reviews

When this movie appeared in 1981, I was a young boy filled with dreams of one day becoming a great warrior. Silly as these dreams may seem now, at the time they helped fill what were otherwise boring afternoons in a time when we were all waiting for the 80's to fully materialize. Looking back on this film now after twenty-five years, I still feel young and strong and full of magical powers every time I see it as it gave us the feel of otherworldly power and secrets that may have existed long ago, before movies like THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy put that idea into the minds of young and old alike. The acting was weak and character development was pushed aside in favor of time constraints but all-in-all I liked the way the film made me feel. And, after all, isn't that why we give up two hours of our precious time anyway?


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