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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 overview, first billed only:
F. Murray Abraham ... Suba
Eric Roberts ... Villard
Mia Sara ... Clavelli
Christopher Rydell ... Trebor
Elaine Kagan ... Rachel
Brett Cullen ... 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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Adventure | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Alexander Villard: Your blade is neither in quarte nor in sixte, and your hand is in some vague no man's land around your navel, which leaves you completely vulnerable on both sides. Now, if by sheer coincidence you happen to engage the blade in one line, you will most certainly
[malparry/touche, malparry/touche, malparry/touche]
Alexander Villard: miss it in another.
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Great combination of mystery and skilled acting
12 March 1999 | by tekky-2See all my reviews

This movie fascinated me from the very beginning. It revolves around the sport of fencing, but the plot has little to do with fencing and more to do with crime & punishment, retribution and forgiveness, and the meaning of success. Eric Roberts plays a skilled but haughty owner of a fencing school, just like his dear old (deceased) dad. F. Murray Abraham is the mystery man, who is apparently making a new start in a new town and who applies to be a fencing teacher at the school. Although Roberts quickly discerns that Abraham is not "up to snuff" for a teacher and hires him as a janitor, Roberts fails to recognize the inevitable result of years away from a sport that requires daily attention. Over the course of the film, Roberts & Abraham flesh out their characters nicely as the viewer discovers who Abraham really is while watching Roberts' character discover himself and finally learn a lesson that was stunted by tragedy in his boyhood. Like any movie about a sport, I'm sure there were fencing "flaws," but it was believable enough to me to make watching it intriguing (and sometimes tiring!). There's quite a lot of action for this movie that only has 3 sets, too! Get a bag of popcorn and settle in for a good flick.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,078, 26 September 1993

Gross USA:

$6,220

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,220
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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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