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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.


Albert Pyun


Tom Karnowski (screenplay), John V. Stuckmeyer (screenplay) (as John Stuckmeyer) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »





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


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


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Last cinema film of George Maharis. See more »


The spear Rodrigo throws at the oil bearer is sticking out of the man's back at an odd angle, revealing that it's two pieces. See more »


Guard: Beat it, kid, or die.
Prince Talon: That's a small threat. That's a very small threat.
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Ahh the film with the 3 bladed sword.
24 December 2003 | by JX_kane@Excite.comSee all my reviews

This film is one I can watch only on those rainy Sundays where you don't want to go outside. I really remember this film though me and my friends just loved that 3 bladed sword when we were young. The sequel never happened cause someone connected to getting this one died.

This film has to many flaws to list, but it is classic 80's cheese in the tradition of Red Sonya, Conan the Destroyer, and a bunch of other bad 80's adventures. I'll never forget it though, Richard Moll as the demon covered in blood, our hero escaping from the bad guys after being crucified on that wheel only to kick butt with a 3 bladed sword that looks like it weighs about 100 pounds. Lee Horsley makes this film though, he has enough charisma to be the only high point in the film.

Everything else in the film with the exception of the T&A is outdated (T&A never goes out of style) the whole thing looks really bad by today's standards. Yes I must admit I enjoy watching this from time to time. I won't lie here and say it was a good film even for the time but still real adventure films don't get made anymore and it can be a nice nostalgia piece.

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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:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sorcerer Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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