Hawk the Slayer

Hawk the Slayer

Director: Terry Marcel, Jack Palance, John Terry, Bernard Bresslaw

Cast: Terry Marcel, Jack Palance, John Terry, Bernard Bresslaw

     
 
Hawk the Slayer will appeal most to undiscriminating fans of the sword-and-sorcery genre. The title character, played by John Terry, is on a lifelong quest for "The Power," an enchanted flying sword. Alas, Hawk's evil brother Voltan (Jack Palance) likewise covets The Power. A plethora of violence ensues, culminating in a slow-motion duel to the death between

Overview

Hawk the Slayer will appeal most to undiscriminating fans of the sword-and-sorcery genre. The title character, played by John Terry, is on a lifelong quest for "The Power," an enchanted flying sword. Alas, Hawk's evil brother Voltan (Jack Palance) likewise covets The Power. A plethora of violence ensues, culminating in a slow-motion duel to the death between hero and villain. Among Hawk's comrades are a dwarf and an elf, who are "R2D2 and C3PO" in everything except name and appearance. Hardly the best of its kind, Hawk the Slayer is redeemed by the unbridled hamminess of Jack Palance, who seems to be the only one who realizes that the whole affair is to silly to be taken seriously.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Only diehard sword and sorcery fans are likely to really enjoy Hawk the Slayer, a low budget genre entry that suffers from a lack of inspiration in almost all departments. Of course, just because it lacks inspiration doesn't mean it's a mess; although logic is not always at the top of the screenwriters' list, the plot generally makes sense and definitely follows well established rules that guarantee that on a basic level it will provide some entertainment value. But it also suffers from dialogue that is incredibly pompous, turgid and, ultimately, quite silly. Some of the lines that the cast is forced to intone are simply ludicrous. Special effects are also not up to the level that modern audiences will expect, although, truth to tell, they were even primitive for viewers in 1981. Although the direction is uninspired, the pacing is generally decent, and there are a few exciting moments. John Terry is dull as dishwasher as the hero - and clearly several decades too young to be villain Jack Palance's brother. Palance is a hoot, and the main reason to watch the film. It's not great acting, but as pure, unadulterated ham goes, it's choice.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
UPC:
0759731408424
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Henstooth Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
21,855

Special Features

Chapter search; Interactive menus; Original theatrical trailer; Photo gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Palance Voltan
John Terry Hawk
Bernard Bresslaw Gort
Ray Charleson Crow
Peter O'Farrell Baldin
Cheryl Campbell Sister Monica
Annette Crosbie Abbess
Catriona MacColl Eliane
Shane Briant Drogo
Harry Andrews High Abbot
Christopher Benjamin Fitzwalter
Roy Kinnear Innkeeper
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne Old Man
Graham Stark Sparrow
Warren Clarke Scar
Derrick O'Connor Ralf
Peter Benson Black Wizard
Patricia Quinn Woman
Patrick Magee Priest
Declan Mulholland Sped
Maurice Colbourne Axe Man 1
Barry Stokes Axe Man 2
Anthony Milner Ferret
Robert Putt 1st Rough in Tavern
Ken Parry Thomas
Eddie Stacey Chak
Jo England 1st Nun
Melissa Wiltsie 3rd Nun
Mark Cooper 2nd Tough in Tavern
William Morgan Sheppard Ranulf
John Carney Soldier

Technical Credits
Terry Marcel Director,Screenwriter
Effects Associates Special Effects
Paul Beeson Cinematographer
Eric Boyd-Perkins Editor
Eric Boyd Perkins Editor
Michael Pickwoad Art Director
Harry Robertson Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter
Eddie Stacey Stunts

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [9:14]
2. The Dark One [8:25]
3. Witch's Prophecy [9:23]
4. A Dangerous Path [2:20]
5. Three Comrades [13:43]
6. Ride at Dawn [8:42]
7. Drogo [6:48]
8. Ransom of Gold [8:17]
9. Magic [9:08]
10. Prisoners [4:39]
11. The Showdown [6:53]
12. End Credits [2:05]

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