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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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Giacomo Battiato
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zeudi Araya Cristaldi ... Marfisa (as Zeudi Araya)
Barbara De Rossi ... Bradamante
Rick Edwards ... Orlando (Rolando)
Ronn Moss ... Ruggero
Maurizio Nichetti ... Atlante
Tanya Roberts ... Angelica (Isabella)
Giovanni Visentin Giovanni Visentin ... Ganelon (Gano)
Tony Vogel ... Ferraù
Leigh McCloskey ... Rinaldo
Lina Sastri Lina Sastri ... La Maga
Lucien Bruchon Lucien Bruchon ... Aquilante
Al Cliver ... Selvaggio (as Pierluigi Conti)
Massimo De Rossi Massimo De Rossi ... L'Eremita
Hal Yamanouchi ... Samurai
Bobby Rhodes ... Mercenary
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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 »


Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

21 September 1983 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Hearts and Armour See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Vides Cinematografica See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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UK cinema and video versions were cut by 21 secs by the BBFC to remove cruel horse-falls. See more »

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Awesome fights, chivalrous knights, and gorgeous damsels.
4 March 2003 | by KastoreSee all my reviews

Most impressive and engrossing Italian sword-and-sorcery film from the early 80s. "Hearts and Armour" has it all. Christian and Moorish warriors who travel the countryside in a valiant quest to kill each other. Barbara De Rossi as the central heroine who inherits an impenetrable suit of armor from a magical spirit. She then grapples with her internal conflict to either kill or fall in love with her enemy, in the traditional romantic tragedy premise. This short wizard guy with an annoying voice and a suit of feathers who tries to warn the star-crossed lovers of their inevitable doom together. Tanya Roberts looking hotter than ever, especially in that blue dress. No wonder even the staunchest celibacy-sworn men fall from honor at the sight of her. Invisibility stones, dirty sexual references, even dirtier fighting tricks. Oh, and about the fights. The fights in this movie are some of the best I've seen. Blood, bodies, and dismemberments abound, and a variety of unique weapons are presented in the final confrontation between the four best warriors of each side. I've especially always sort of wanted to see two men in full medieval armor have a straight fistfight with each other, and thanks to this movie I finally have.

This is again a case where I'm surprised I had never heard of this movie before watching it. It's unfortunately a bit hard to find, and due to the story's Crusade-based action, a DVD release is not likely in the near future. But if you're one who enjoys movies loaded with ye olde chivalrous characters and dialogue (as I do), peppered with the occasional violent swordfight (as I also do), then this is worth tracking down.


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