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Red Sonja (1985)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 3 July 1985 (USA)
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The fearless female warrior Red Sonja sets out to avenge her family's murder and rid her kingdom of the tyrannical rule of evil Queen Gedren.

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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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:

El guerrero rojo See more »

Filming Locations:

Celano, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,263,553, 7 July 1985

Gross USA:

$6,948,633

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,951,415
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Arnold Schwarzenegger's character was originally intended to be a reprisal of Conan, star of the comic book in which Red Sonja first appeared, but the film did not have the rights to this name. An unofficial explanation endorsed by fans is that Kalidor is one of Conan's "traveling names," a common feature of multi-national mythical/legendary heroes such as Zeus aka Jupiter and J.R.R. Tolkien's Gandalf aka Mithrandir. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h) When Kalidor lifts Prince Tarn into the air with one arm, the wire attached to Tarn's back is visible. 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

UK cinema version was cut by 12 secs to achieve a "PG" rating with edits to a reference to body violation and a closeup of Sonja's face in the opening scene, and a shot of a metal throwing star. The initial 1985 video featured the cut cinema print though all later releases were upgraded to 15 and fully uncut. See more »

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Reminds me of the good-old Drive-In movie days.
5 December 2003 | by jjflynnSee all my reviews

This movie gets better with age. If you've got a sense of humor and don't need Industrial Light and Magic special effects, the combination of actors (all playing off the winsome Brigette Nielson) makes this a fun movie to see again...or for the first time.


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