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The Beastmaster (1982)

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A sword-and-sorcery fantasy about a young man's search for revenge. Armed with supernatural powers, the handsome hero and his animal allies wage war against marauding forces.


Don Coscarelli
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Singer ... Dar
Tanya Roberts ... Kiri
Rip Torn ... Maax
John Amos ... Seth
Joshua Milrad Joshua Milrad ... Tal (as Josh Milrad)
Rod Loomis ... Zed
Ben Hammer ... Young Dar's Father
Ralph Strait Ralph Strait ... Sacco
Billy Jayne ... Young Dar (as Billy Jacoby)
Janet DeMay ... Witchwoman #1
Christine Kellogg Christine Kellogg ... Witchwoman #2 (as Chrissy Kellogg)
Janet Jones ... Witchwoman #3
Tony Epper Tony Epper ... Jun Leader
Vanna Bonta ... Zed's Wife
Kim Tabet Kim Tabet ... Sacco's Daughter


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 Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Did You Know?


The film is known as "Miracle Master" in Japan. See more »


Dar's dog drags him by his left shoulder in longer shots, but by his right in close-ups. See more »


[Dar grabs Kiri from behind as she fearfully looks at Ruh]
Dar: Don't move. The beast is fierce. But if we show no fear, we might escape.
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Alternate Versions

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 »


Followed by Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus (1996) See more »

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Great adventure in this sword and sorcery movie...
12 July 2013 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I remember watching "The Beastmaster" when I was a kid, and I thoroughly enjoyed it back then. And as I purchased the DVD in 2013 and re-visited the movie for another watching, I can honestly say that I enjoy it as much today as I did back then.

This is a classic tale of sword and sorcery. An infant is rescued from a ritual offering and grow up on the plains with herders and huntsmen, fully unaware of his royal heritage. Growing up, Dar discovers that he has abilities that allow him mastery over animals and being capable of communicating with them. Drawn into a game of treachery and heroism, Dar have to take up the fight against the vile sorcerer Maax.

Sure, this was shot back in 1982, but it was a blast then, and it is actually quite fun to watch even in 2013. The effects were adequately back then and serves their point straight on. However, don't prepare to be dazzled by today's standards. But if you are a fan of the sword and sorcery genre, then "The Beastmaster" is a sure must-watch-movie.

The people cast for the various roles did good jobs with their given roles, and I don't really remember Marc Singer as being that buffed and muscular when I saw him in the original "V" series. But he was really well-cast for the role of Dar/The Beastmaster. Even the animals trained for the movie were doing good jobs.

"The Beastmaster" is a an excellent sword and sorcery movie, and a very formidable choice of movie to the "Conan" movies. I thoroughly enjoy this 1982 movie and I know that I will put it back in the DVD player again after some years.

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Release Date:

20 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,955,641, 22 August 1982

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS (5.1 surround)| Stereo (Dolby 2.0)| Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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