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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

Two versions were shot of Lee Horsley's crucifixion in the final reel. In the theatrical version, a spike was shown through the palm of each hand. In the version for TV, Horsley's hands were bound to the wood by means of metallic bands. See more »

Goofs

During Talon's crucifixion, his arms alternate from straight to bent at the elbows. 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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Another Guilty Pleasure
7 June 2002 | by subcityiiSee all my reviews

The main reason this movie was even made was that they wanted it to be in theaters at around the same time as the film "Conan the Barbarian" in 1982. Believe it or not, both films were even released by the same studio! If the films had been made thirty years earlier, they would have been released as a double feature. They were part of a wave of sword fight pictures that included "Excalibur" and "Dragonslayer." Without a lot of fanfare, "Sword and the Sorcerer" managed to become a minor hit. One of the cast members was on a talk show and confessed that the success of the film was a surprise because that person thought it was not very good.

I enjoyed the action scenes and some of the humor. It has some good one-liners. The second half also has generates a fair amount of tension concerning the whereabouts of the sorcerer mentioned in the title. I also liked how the forces came together randomly for the climatic battle scenes. True, the film has many flaws, but it still works for me as an enjoyable adventure. It is the kind of thing I watch on a Friday night to ease me into the weekend.

Add me to the list of those disappointed that the sequel promised in the closing credits was never made.


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