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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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Max Suba: Swordplay is like conversation. You have to learn to listen to your opponent.
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Talented Actors Rise To The Occasion
25 October 2000 | by denny-32See all my reviews

I thought this movie was very good for several reasons. The first was that the plot was woven very well around a sport that does not receive much attention, fencing. I know very little about fencing but this was a good introduction. It is almost an artform, and the aura of the training school added another dimension. Having novices being taught fencing allowed the viewer to pick up on the basics.

Secondly was the casting. Eric Roberts in my opinion is one of the best actors going around and pairing him up with F. Murray Abraham, you really can't go wrong acting wise. The supporting cast was merely there to add to the plot and to help develop some atmosphere.

Without giving too much away, this is a movie about revenge that chips away at the start through flashbacks but builds to an inevitable but pulsing showdown. Eric Roberts plays the part of an egotistical past fencing champion and present training supremo. F Murray Abraham is a man with a hidden past, linked to fencing that you feel must come out sooner or later.

The action scenes involving fencing were admirable and while people take acting for granted, for both the afore mentioned actors to handle foils as they did would indicate they had some previous understanding of the sport.

I don't think I am giving too much away by saying F. Murray Abrahams character Max, in addition to attempting to break in as a fencing instructor is also taking cautious steps in trying to establish relationship ties after being incarcerated for a very long period.

All in all a very pleasing time filler, that also exhibited the hustle and bustle of the city it was filmed in, despite most of the action taking place inside the training school for aspiring fencers.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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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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