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


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The name of Ronald Lacey's character, "Ikol," spelled backwards is "Loki." In Nordic mythology, Loki is the God of Evil and Corruption, infamous for being a jealousy-prone troublemaker, and plays a pivotal role in the End of the World. See more »

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(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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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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Good for laughs.
12 March 2013 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Veteran director Richard Fleischer follows up his movie "Conan the Destroyer" with this fantasy-adventure also based on the writings of Robert E. Howard. Ultimately, this movie is a trifle compared to the original "Conan the Barbarian", but if the viewer isn't too demanding, it may yield adequate entertainment.

Like "Conan the Destroyer", it's supposedly aimed at a younger demographic, but is actually a little strong for its PG-13 rating, with some gory bits, decapitations, implied rape, and the lesbian overtures made by the villainess towards the heroine.

The movie is basically competently made, with good production design (by Danilo Donati) and stunts, reasonably diverting swordplay, and a decent pace (this only runs 89 minutes long). There's also a fairly effective score by the great Ennio Morricone. However, there's never much of a sense of danger; this story definitely lacks edge.

Said story centres around the title character, played by Brigitte Nielsen in the role that introduced her. She's a warrior whose people were wiped out by an evil queen (Sandahl Bergman, who of course was Valeria in "Conan the Barbarian") and she embarks on a quest to destroy a powerful "talisman" that's fallen into the queens' hands. Her fellow travellers include muscle bound Kalidor (Arnold Schwarzenegger, presumably doing a favour for Fleischer), an insufferable brat of a prince (Ernie Reyes Jr.) and the princes' put-upon, comedy relief guardian Falkon (Paul L. Smith).

The acting ranges from acceptable (also appearing is Ronald Lacey of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" as the queens' creepy flunky) to just incredibly laughable. Nielsen and Bergman are so terrible that their performances are sure to generate some big guffaws from the viewer. Still, they both look great, and that has to count for something. Reyes Jr. certainly does succeed at making his character annoying.

While it manages to remain watchable throughout, this is pretty forgettable once it's over. It's got some amusing moments, but none to give it any real spark.

Five out of 10.


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