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Red Sonja (1985)

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 6 mins) When Red Sonja and her companions are climbing a sheer wall to enter Queen Gedren's castle, her hair and clothing items are hanging "into" the wall, revealing that the actors are in fact crawling across the floor. See more »

Quotes

Red Sonja: What happened?
Falkon: What happened? Queen Gedren attacked us is what happened.
Red Sonja: Gedren? Queen Gedren?
Falkon: That's right. She knocked down half the city with her new weapon and demanded our surrender.
Prince Tarn: My army ran away. Do they want to live forever? I refused to surrender.
Falkon: So she knocked down the other half.
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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.

It's probably also the movie that got Arnold in hot water during the "recall."


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