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By the Sword (1991)

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A mysterious man, Suba, gets himself a job at a fencing academy, and as he learns the way of the students, the school, and its maestro, they learn that there's more to him than meets the ... See full summary »

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Jeremy Kagan (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
F. Murray Abraham ... Maximilian 'Max' Suba
Eric Roberts ... Alexander Villard
Mia Sara ... Erin Clavelli
Christopher Rydell ... Jim Trebor
Elaine Kagan ... Rachel
Brett Cullen ... Danny Gallagher
Doug Wert ... Hobbs
Sherry Hursey ... Tanos
Stoney Jackson ... Johnson
Caroline Barclay ... Tatiana
Peter Cohl Peter Cohl ... Calder
Stephen Polk ... Williams
Ennalls Berl Ennalls Berl ... Dana
Dharvi Darrell Dharvi Darrell ... Landlady
Eve Kagan Eve Kagan ... Daughter
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A mysterious man, Suba, gets himself a job at a fencing academy, and as he learns the way of the students, the school, and its maestro, they learn that there's more to him than meets the eye. He gains (or regains?) his fencing skills and his philosophy of teaching clashes with the maestro's. As they are thrown into conflict, Suba and the maestro's past appear to be linked. And the resolution of their mysterious relationship may be a duel to the death. Written by Kathy Li

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They come from everywhere to challenge their fate...

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Espada da Justi├ža See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Max Suba: Swordplay is like conversation. You have to learn to listen to your opponent.
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Technically a fencing movie...
13 September 2005 | by EpeeBillSee all my reviews

I'm a fencer, so I was naturally excited to see this film. Well, it's a 'fencing movie' in the same vein as "Razor's Edge" is an 'ice skating movie'. The sport is dummied down for the non- enthusiast and the drama behind the scenes is ramped up to soap opera levels.

I actually thought there was some good acting here. I mean Abraham is always wonderful and Mia Sara doesn't do too bad. Eric Roberts is stretched to about his best work, probably by working with Abraham, and the "kids" in the supporting roles are at least intentionally amusing.

The story, though, is a bit outlandish and gets predictable after about 45 minutes, but it's not a terrible movie. Thus, my rating of 6.


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