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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 »
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... Mogullen
Earl Maynard Earl Maynard ... Morgan
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Storyline

In a dark epoch of sorcery, the murderous megalomaniac, King Titus Cromwell, awakens the demonic necromancer, Xusia of Delos, to usurp the throne of the benevolent King Richard of Eh-Dan, enslaving his daughter, and forcing into exile his youngest son, Talon. One violent decade later, Talon--now a great warrior wielding a magnificent triple-bladed sword--returns hell-bent on revenge, unbeknownst to him, however, that the evil sorcerer is alive, gathering his strength for the ultimate battle. Will the dauntless adventurer restore peace to the long-suffering kingdom? Is this the return of the lost prince? Written by Nick Riganas

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Know you now of days long past, the time when the world was young, when sorcery thrived and wild adventure was forever in the offing. and of this epoch little is known save that which is veiled in the mist of legend. [UK Video] See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

Riffed by the guys from MST3K under the Rifftrax name(Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy) 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

[last lines]
Prince Talon: Come now, let's be off. There's a battle in the offing! We've got kingdoms to save and women to love!
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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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Followed by Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire (2010) See more »

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A joy to watch again and again
4 October 2001 | by steven.goughSee all my reviews

"I have a debt to pay" ... for 15 years of viewing pleasure. This film is an absolute joy, untarnished by repeated viewings, sadly overshadowed by Schwarzeneger's vastly inferior Conan movies, and unreasonably critically trashed alongside truly terrible contemporary low budget thud and blunder efforts. The script creaks more than the plot, but reigned in from the curse of camp by director Albert Pyun the actors deliver their lines with a straight face and leave the the audience to find the comedy themselves. Almost a dictionary definition of "ahead of its time", the film is a blueprint for the success of Sam Raimi's Hercules and Xena, right down to the use of Australian bit players. Effects like the demon sorceror's tomb might be managed better technically today, but no more atmospherically, and the closing sword battle is a triumph. The performances are eccentric and electric, and you could not wish for a more motley crew of cut-throats and sidekicks. Richard Lynch eats the scenery with unalloyed zeal, and quite simply more of Lee Horsley as Talon would have made the movie world a better place.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,798,879, 25 April 1982

Gross USA:

$39,103,425

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,103,425
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sorcerer Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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