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Red Sonja (1985)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 3 July 1985 (USA)
A female Redhead sets out on a killing spree to avenge her family's murder.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Robert E. Howard (based on the character created by), Clive Exton | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Kalidor
Brigitte Nielsen ... Red Sonja
Sandahl Bergman ... Queen Gedren
Paul L. Smith ... Falkon (as Paul Smith)
Ernie Reyes Jr. ... Prince Tarn
Ronald Lacey ... Ikol
Pat Roach ... Brytag
Terry Richards ... Djart
Janet Agren ... Varna
Donna Osterbuhr Donna Osterbuhr ... Kendra, the High Priestess
Lara Lamberti ... Gedren's Handmaid (as Lara Naszinsky)
Hans Meyer ... Red Sonja's Father
Francesca Romana Coluzzi Francesca Romana Coluzzi ... Red Sonja's Mother
Stefano Maria Mioni Stefano Maria Mioni ... Barlok, Red Sonja's Brother (as Stefano Mioni)
Tutte Lemkow ... Wizard
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Storyline

The tyrant Gedren seeks the total power in a world of barbarism. She attacks and kills the keepers of a powerful talisman just before it is destroyed. Gedren then uses the power of the talisman in her raid of the city Hablac. Red Sonja, sister of the keeper, sets out with her magic sword to overthrow Gedren. The talisman's master Kalidor follows to protect her. Of course they fall in love - however Red Sonja's power bases on the oath to never give herself to any man... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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A woman and a warrior that became a legend. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crvena Sonja See more »

Filming Locations:

Celano, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$284,662, 7 July 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,948,633
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

It is commonly believed that Robert E. Howard created the character of Red Sonja in one of his Conan short stories. He actually created Red Sonya, who appeared in "Shadow of the Vulture," a story set in 16th-century Turkey with no Conan connections. She was the namesake of the famous "Red Sonja" who first appeared in a Conan comic book written by Roy Thomas and illustrated by Barry Windsor-Smith. See more »

Goofs

(at around 17 mins) Sonja has round vaccine scars on her shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Prince Tarn: [upon finding the Great Pearl of the Icthyan Caverns] This could buy me an army, or even rebuild Habloc! Dig it out, Falkon!
Falkon: Your Highness, this pearl may BELONG to somebody.
Prince Tarn: It does! And he wants it NOW!
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Alternate Versions

Two brief shots (including a severed head flying through the air) were cut from the Ontario, Canada version of the film in order to reduce the rating from Restricted (no one under 18 admitted) to Adult Accompaniment (anyone under 14 must be accompanied by someone over 18). See more »

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Laptop Critics Don't Know Jack
19 February 2010 | by milsorgenSee all my reviews

Personally this is one of my all time favorite movies since I was very young. That being said I had not seen this movie in over a decade before seeing it on the shelf at the grocery store where I purchased it.

I had just watched the two Conan movies a few nights prior and I sat down with my lady to watch an old favorite.

To me this movie was infinitely more enjoyable than the Conan movies. And even as an adult some 20 years later with a much wider and esoteric taste in movies, music and games; I found this movie a blast and I'm not going to say it's a 10 and nor am I going to play the role of lap top critic.

I'm just going to say this: In a world of horrible blockbusters like GI Joe and Transformers I feel Red Sonja was money and time well spent.


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