Dar, the son of a king, is hunted by a priest after his birth, so he is sent to grow up in another family. When he becomes a grown man, his new father is murdered by savages. He discovers that he has the ability to communicate with the animals, and after that, Dar begins his quest for revenge in this Conan-like movie.Written by
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The film originally started shooting with anamorphic lenses. The French distributors who were funding the film insisted on spherical lenses because they anticipated showing the movie on TV and, felt that the anamorphic footage (2.35:1) would be considerably cropped to the standard definition of 4x3. Young Dar's encounter with the bear in the forest was later cropped to match the 1.85:1 final aspect ratio of the spherical footage. Don Coscarelli explains it on the back of the small movie poster included with the special edition DVD. See more »
When Dar comes back to the village to find everyone in it dead, as he is looking around, in the background, the supposedly dead dog can be seen breathing. See more »
[re: the eagle]
I have my eyes...
[re: the ferrets]
I have my cunning...
[re: the tiger]
and I have my strength.
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The UK cinema version was heavily cut for a PG rating with edits to shots of impaled bodies and the puncturing of a ring containing an eyeball, and to remove all footage of topless nudity during Kiri's bathing scene. The video certificate was raised to a 15 but early Warner releases mistakenly featured the cut cinema print. The 1998 Five Star Directors Cut video and all subsequent releases are fully uncut. See more »
For one of the slew of quickly produced movies of the 80's this one is pretty good. You've got Marc Singer when he was young and fit (not leathery and ancient like in the later movies of this series) and Tanya Roberts who is hot in this film. You've got swordfights, sorcery, the whole works. That said, I did find the ferrets a little annoying, but that's just me.
On the whole the movie works well and there are some touches, like the flying humanoids that envelop and dissolve their prey, that just make the film.
SUMMARY: Hero who can talk to animals sets out to overthrow an evil warlord.
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