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The Sword and the Sorcerer

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Overview

This is an unusual entry in the knights-in-armor genre. Set in medieval England, the film follows the exploits of a young swordsman, Talon Lee Horsley. Working as a mercenary knight, Talon possesses a unique three-bladed sword which fires its two extra blades when he touches a button. By chance, Talon learns that he is a prince who has forgotten his royal heritage. Using his sword and his wiles, he attempts to regain control of his kingdom, which has been taken over by a sadistic tyrannical knight and an evil ...
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Overview

This is an unusual entry in the knights-in-armor genre. Set in medieval England, the film follows the exploits of a young swordsman, Talon Lee Horsley. Working as a mercenary knight, Talon possesses a unique three-bladed sword which fires its two extra blades when he touches a button. By chance, Talon learns that he is a prince who has forgotten his royal heritage. Using his sword and his wiles, he attempts to regain control of his kingdom, which has been taken over by a sadistic tyrannical knight and an evil sorcerer. In doing so, he can save a princess who has been taken hostage by the usurpers. Comedy is interspersed with gory and licentious drama throughout the film, which was directed and written by Albert Pyun. ~ Michael Betzold
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Editorial Reviews

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Many exploitation films tried to cash in on the success of Conan The Barbarian but The Sword And The Sorcerer might be the best of the bunch: not only does it deliver the expected barrage of sex and violence, it also captures the spirit of the pulp fiction that spawned Robert E. Howard's Conan stories. The script has a breathless, cliffhanger-driven feel that maintains an agreeably consistent flow of budget-conscious spectacle and populates its tale with an engaging, colorful cast of characters. Future t.v. hero Lee Horsley makes an agreeably raffish hero as Talon while Richard Lynch is effectively creepy as the brooding villain and Kathleen Beller supplies plenty of eye candy as the film's fetching but tough damsel in distress. Familiar character actors Joe Regalbuto and George Maharis also deliver memorable turns as a heroic ally and a villainous assistant, respectively. Best of all, Albert Pyun's direction gives the story the energy it needs: he delivers a fun action setpiece, an eye-popping makeup effect or a fetching bit of pulchrtitude every few minutes and keeps the pace building right up to the exciting finale. He also works in the occasional impressive visual flourish: the best of these is the slow-motion montage of Talon launching himself into the battle during the finale. The appeal of the film is sealed by an excellent, surprisingly lush musical score by David Whitaker which conjures up fond memories of classic Errol Flynn swashbucklers. In short, The Sword And The Sorcerer is worthwhile viewing for b-movie fans in need of Conan-inspired fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2001
  • UPC: 013131136333
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lee Horsley
Kathleen Beller Alana
Simon MacCorkindale Mikah
George Maharis Machelli
Richard Lynch Cromwell
Richard Moll Xusia
Nina Van Pallandt Malia
Anthony de Longis Rodrigo
Robert Tessier Verdugo
Anna Bjorn Elizabeth
Corinne Calvet
Hubie Kerns Jr.
Charlie Messenger
Simmy Bow The Cardinal
Peter Breck King Leonidas
Reb Brown Phillip
Alan Caillou King Sancho
Christopher Cary King Richard
Eric Cord Eric
Jeff Corey Craccus
JoJo D'Amore Drunk
Steve Davis Thogan
Michael Evans King Ludwig
Anthony Farrar Young Mikah
Greg Finley Rumbolt
George Fisher Ninshu
Lennie Geer Cornelius
James Jarnigan Young Talon
Russ Marin Mogullen
Earl Maynard Morgan
Shelley Taylor Morgan Bar-Bro
George Murdock Quade
Christina Nigra Young Elizabeth
Buckley Norris Bartender
Pat O'Moore Devereux
Joe Regalbuto Darius
Jay Robinson King Charles
Thomas Rosales Kabal
Joseph Ruskin Malcolm
Alvah Stanley Sades
William Watson Karak
Emily Yancy Ban Urlu
John Davis Chandler 1st Guard
Steve Davis Thogan
Technical Credits
Albert Pyun Director, Screenwriter
Michael Adams Stunts
John Ashby Stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour Stunts
Simone Boisseree Stunts
Christine Boyar Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Brubaker Stunts
John Ross Bush Asst. Director
Dick Butler Stunts
John Cade Stunts
David Cadiente Stunts
Hank Calia Stunts
Greg Cannon Makeup Special Effects
John Carter Special Effects
Maria Rebman Caso Set Decoration/Design
Michael Cassidy Stunts
Brandon Chase Producer
Marianne Chase Producer
Phil Chong Stunts
Roydon E. Clark Stunts
Lisa Cook Asst. Director
George Costello Production Designer
Vince Deadrick Jr. Stunts
Nick Dimitri Stunts
Bennie E. Dobbins Stunts
Ted Duncan Stunts
Dick Durock Stunts
Greg W. Elam Stunts
Kenny Endoso Stunts
Tony Epper Stunts
Jeannie Epper Stunts
Hill Farnsworth Stunts
Ted Grossman Stunts
Bob Harris Stunts
Bill Hart Stunts
Marshall Harvey Editor
Chuck Henderson Special Effects
Bob Herron Stunts
Chuck Hicks Stunts
Larry Holt Stunts
Chris Howell Stunts
Loren Janes Stunts
Mike Johnson Stunts
Melvin Jones Stunts
Thomas Karnowski Co-producer, Screenwriter
Michael Kelly Associate Producer
Steve Lambert Stunts
Fred Lerner Stunts
Joseph Mangine Cinematographer
Bill McIntosh Stunts
Troy Melton Stunts
Bennie Moore Stunts
Tom Morga Stunts
Ve Neill Makeup
Ron Oliney Stunts
Gerald T. Olson Associate Producer
Mary Peters Stunts
Larry Randall Stunts
Mario Roberts Stunts
George Robotham Stunts
Alex Sharp Stunts
John Sherrod Stunts
Paul Stader Stunts
Clifford Strong Stunts
John V. Stuckmeyer Co-producer, Screenwriter
Buddy Van Horn Stunts
Greg Walker Stunts
Rock Walker Stunts
Marvin Walters Stunts
Chuck Waters Stunts
Jesse Wayne Stunts
David Whitaker Score Composer
George Wilbur Stunts
James Winburn Stunts
Harry Woolman Special Effects
Terry Woolman Special Effects
Bob Yerkes Stunts
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most Awesome Movie Ever

    This movie was one of the best I've ever seen. Sure the dialogue sucked sometimes and it was realy realy cheesy, but it was hilarious, and Talon kicked evil all over the place. I loved how relaxed the mercenaries were about saving kingdoms. It was like they did it every week, just went out and saved another kingdom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    cool

    I thought this movie was great. Some of the plot (alright most of the plot) has been done before but I feel they managed to breathe new life into a used plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grandfather of all B Fantasy movies

    This movie was the greatest of the Fantasy B movie genre. Cheesy and fun, I highly recommend this tounge in cheek Fantasy adventure flick

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pathetic

    This movie was pathetic, it was boring. Basicly everything was copied from Conan The Barbarian and Excalibur [which were epic movies]. Its cheesy and has very poor dialogue.

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