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Hearts and Armour (1983)

I paladini - Storia d'armi e d'amori (original title)
Bradamante, a woman wearing an invincible suit of armor, is travelling the countryside at the time of the Crusades. After ending up in the middle of a web of romantic and cultural tangles, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marfisa (as Zeudi Araya)
... Bradamante
... Orlando (Rolando)
... Ruggero
... Atlante
... Angelica (Isabella)
Giovanni Visentin ... Ganelon (Gano)
Tony Vogel ... Ferraù
... Rinaldo
Lina Sastri ... La Maga
Lucien Bruchon ... Aquilante
... Selvaggio (as Pierluigi Conti)
Massimo De Rossi ... L'Eremita
... Samurai
... Mercenary
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Bradamante, a woman wearing an invincible suit of armor, is travelling the countryside at the time of the Crusades. After ending up in the middle of a web of romantic and cultural tangles, she finds herself in love with a Moor prince, while one of the Christian knights has fallen in love with a Moor princess. Others, however, are against the cross-cultural romance, and Bradamante's love is soon forced into a duel to the death. Will she ever be with her true love? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Middle Ages . . . A time of magic and mystery . . . of heroes and villains . . . of love and death . . . of hearts and armour [USA Theatrical] See more »


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Interesting, albeit muddled story of love and gallantry
18 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

The movie reviewed here was ostensibly edited down into it's present form from a much longer TV mini series.

In fact after viewing the movie, it is very easy and indeed very tempting for one to imagine the source material contained within as a far more expansive, stirring epic of forbidden love and chivalry.

Sadly however, it has to be said, that due to the aforementioned editing/condensing, much of the stories coherence appears to have been inevitably lost, rendering the movie with a distinctly rushed and overall muddled feel.

This is a particular shame in fact, as aside from this, the film really does shine.

Take for instance the look of the film: It boasts some truly stunning location shooting ranging from beautiful Autumn woodland to desolate tide swept beaches. The costumes here are also a particular standout with some truly innovative armour designs that rival even those found in John Boorman's far higher budgeted Excaliber. The fight choreography to, is particularly well executed here with some truly ferocious clashes between knights (and a healthy splattering of gore!)

I would love to view this in its original series format, which I have a suspicion would have been rather better than what we are in fact left with here.

However, having said this, what is indeed left is still very much worthy of viewing if you, as I am, happen to be a fan of films such as the aforementioned Excaliber and sword and sorcery genre movies in general.


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