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Red Sonja (1985)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 3 July 1985 (USA)
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The fearless warrior Red Sonja sets out to avenge her family's murder and rid her kingdom from 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 ... Kendra, the High Priestess
Lara Lamberti ... Gedren's Handmaid (as Lara Naszinsky)
Hans Meyer ... Red Sonja's Father
Francesca Romana Coluzzi ... Red Sonja's Mother
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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Sandahl Bergman was initially cast as the title character. She decided to portray Queen Gedren to help avoid typecasting. See more »

Goofs

When Sonja and Kalidor are fighting, the Prince comes and jumps on Kalidor's back. When Kalidor reaches back to lift him off his back, the wires holding the Prince are occasionally visible. See more »

Quotes

Swordmaster: Magnificent. You have nothing more to learn, Sonja. You are the master of the master. Never have I seen your equal. You must learn to like men a little better.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Flying Doctors: Sins of the Father (1986) 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.

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


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Country:

USA | Netherlands | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Sonja 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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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