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The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)

A mercenary with a three-bladed sword rediscovers his royal heritage's dangerous future when he is recruited to help a princess foil the designs of a brutal tyrant and a powerful sorcerer in conquering a land.

Director:

Albert Pyun

Writers:

Tom Karnowski (screenplay), John V. Stuckmeyer (screenplay) (as John Stuckmeyer) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Horsley Lee Horsley ... Talon
Kathleen Beller ... Alana
Simon MacCorkindale ... Mikah (as Simon Mac Corkindale)
George Maharis ... Machelli
Richard Lynch ... Cromwell
Richard Moll ... Xusia
Anthony De Longis ... Rodrigo
Robert Tessier ... Verdugo
Nina van Pallandt ... Malia (as Nina Van Pallandt)
Anna Bjorn ... Elizabeth
Jeff Corey ... Craccus
Joseph Ruskin ... Malcolm
Joe Regalbuto ... Darius
Russ Marin Russ Marin ... Mogullen
Earl Maynard Earl Maynard ... Morgan
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Storyline

A mercenary with a three-bladed sword rediscovers his royal heritage's dangerous future when he is recruited to help a princess foil the designs of a brutal tyrant and a powerful sorcerer in conquering a land.

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The greatest duel ever fought between deathless courage and endless evil! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La espada y el hechicero See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,798,879, 25 April 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,103,425
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sorcerer Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The producers wanted Oliver Reed to narrate the movie, but were dissatisfied with his performance and replaced him with Simon MacCorkindale. See more »

Goofs

Despite being crucified with large metal spikes, Talon's hands have no signs of damage during his sword fights afterwards. See more »

Quotes

Princess Alana: Is your sword for hire?
Prince Talon: I hope so.
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Crazy Credits

Watch for Talon's Next Adventure "Tales of the Ancient Empire" coming soon See more »

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Terrific entertainment!
6 December 2000 | by Hup234!See all my reviews

This is a wonderfully well-done feature with top marks for its value in sheer fun.

If you're not into fantasy, see this anyway as a great swashbuckler a la the Errol Flynn-as-hero genre. (And Lee Horsley even resembles Errol throughout this film, which I was fortunate enough to see theatrically at time of release.)

There are terrific villains galore, rip-roaring adventure, great castles and dungeons, complicated skullduggery, and comeuppance aplenty, all done with delicate humor.

This is great screen entertainment with a '40s-'50s look to it, and that's a compliment. There are no wasted moments. The fast-moving story relies much more on quality writing, acting and expert direction rather than copping out with the sort of elaborate special-effects that producers/directors of such films seem to lean on so heavily now, nearly two decades later.

I think it's a classic, and a model, of its type.

Highly recommended to all except small children.


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