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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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Nicholas Corea

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Nicholas Corea
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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 ... Captain 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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Storyline

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Thoran of Malveel: All you're sniffing after is gold. A wizard who changes iron to gold. I have different reasons.
Slant: Oh, great hero, pardon me for wanting gold! But where I grew up, all we dreamed of was food and gold. Nothing honorable like your great quest for kinghood, but our bellies! Maybe you could teach me a thing or two about honor, but I could teach you lots about plain old survival.
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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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Interesting Fantasy Film
29 December 2002 | by grendelkhanSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this film when it was first broadcast on tv. If memory serves, it was the first of what was supposed to be a series of specials, which would advance the story. Unfortunately, it didn't do well and became the only installment.

I thoroughly enjoyed it initially. It had a great villain and unique concepts. The acting was bad in certain cases (oh, George Kennedy, what were you doing?) but for the most part, it was watchable.

I later found it at a video store and rented it. I was less impressed the second time around, but still found it entertaining. It was vastly superior to most of the other attempts at sword & sorcery films from that era, with the exception of the first Conan.

It was a shame that the series didn't continue, as I always wondered what the intended conclusion was supposed to be. If you enjoy fantasy, give it a try.


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