I love me some swashbucklng tales of adventure and barbarians making mince meat out of foe and fearsome creature alike. Not enough fearsome creatures to go around these days, nor swashbucklers either for that matter. So once again, NOT IN ANY PARTICULAR ORDER...
Stewart Granger is simply superb in this loose adaptation of the classic novel. It has everything going for it; costumes, lavish sets, comedy, romance, and some very nice fight choreography that's well executed.
I'm talking about the 1970's version here which was the first comedic version of the famous novel and which also featured some eye popping swordplay choreogrpahed by William Hobbs who later did the same for CAPTAIN KRONOS, VAMPIRE HUNTER, see my review.
Picture if you can Rutger Hauer doing comedy and then add in the fact that he's also doing an Americanized version of the typical Japanese blind swordsman, only here he's a Vet Nam vet who was blinded in action and learned the art when he was taken in by villagers who found him injured and separated from his unit. Yeah.
Okay, so there aren't any swords in this wonderful sick horror/comedy from Maurice Devereaux, but there is plenty of, well, slashing going on and it's my list and I can put it on here if I want to. So there. Story is about the ultimate reality game show. See my review.
See the full review, ""Super Fine" Super Fun".
I was surprised to find that I liked this film based on Robert Howard's famous creation. Ahnold was easier to take in small doses and proved to be a capable supporting actor. Nielsen was butch enough not to look too silly with a sword and it was cool to see little Ernie Reyes Jr. somewhere other than at a m/a competition. That little guy could really kick some butt.
This one features the famous duel between Tyrone Power and Basil Rathbone who reportedly hated each other so much that they used their doubles whenever they weren't facing the camera! If they were you certainly can't spot it. The film also boasts Gale Sondergaard whom Carlos Clarens called "The one woman in films who could outwit Sherlock Holmes and outact Basil Rathbone"!