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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.

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Don Coscarelli
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beastmaster See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,955,641, 22 August 1982

Gross USA:

$14,056,528

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,056,528
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 4 x 3. 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 »

Goofs

After Dar's father draws the line in the sand for The Juns, he holds his sword blade pointed over his right shoulder. But the reverse angle shows it to the left. Then, the front angle shows it to the right again. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

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

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A true genre classic
22 May 2008 | by HaemovoreRexSee all my reviews

An awesomely sculpted Marc Singer headlines in this much beloved sword and sorcery outing brought to us by non other than Don Coscarelli of Phantasm fame.

Singer stars as Dar (great name eh? okay, maybe not then...) a child who comes into the world in a somewhat less than auspicious manner, namely from the belly of an ox(!) after he is magically stolen from within his own mothers womb by a corpse faced sorceress. Yes, I know this all sounds utterly bizarre and in fact it is, but you'll really need to view it to appreciate it in all its, erm....glory. As a result of this bestial birth, our hero grows up with an unusual ability to communicate with animals via some form of psychical connection. So that's how Dr Doolittle got his powers to? Um, the mind boggles! Anyway, to cut a long story short, Dar's abilities prove to come in mightily handy later on when he sets out to take revenge upon the evil warrior tribe who massacred the people of his village.

Tremendously entertaining from start to finish, this is without doubt one of the finest entries in its genre and is highly memorable. So much so in fact, that it has since spawned two sequels and a spin off television series. If you haven't already done so, then I thoroughly recommend you have a ganders at this timeless fantasy classic.


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