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Men With Swords--mostly

  • Aug 8, 2009
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...
Jason and the Argonauts
Why the hell not! Ray Harryhausen's stop motion animation is reason enough, and I'm pretty sure there are swords in there too somewhere--for hacking at skeletons.
The 13th Warrior
Once again Antonio Banderas comes through lookin' good in a terrific movie about Vikings and cannibals. Sort of a Beowulf riff going on here. Highly recommended as are all the films on this list.
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.
The Legend of Zorro (Widescreen Special Edition)
Be still my heart! With Antonio Banderas buckling his swash I was a happy camper. He had wonderful chemistry with both his gorgeous leading lady and his equally gorgeous black Andalusian stallion.
Three actors I couldn't tolerate as a kid all in the same movie. I though it was going to be torture and instead I wound up loving it and learning to tolerate them.
Not that much in the way of swordplay, in fact it's miniscule really, but the whole story hinges on the power of the sword to corrupt a man's soul.
See the full review, "Hooray for Bollywood!".
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.
Blind Fury
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".
Theatrical exhibition poster
You've seen it and you must have expected it to be here. Half man, half vampire, all great action!
Red Sonja
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.
The Mark of Zorro
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"!
Seven Samurai
Let's just pretend that this represents all the brilliant, intense Japanese films ever made shall we?
I didn't particularily like this film, but I DID like Russell Crowe!
A film that has almost everything but the kitchen sink. You want vikings? check, Aliens? check, Monsters? check. Swords? Of course!
DVD front
Thanks to ornleifs, I've decided to add this one to my list. The cliff top duel between Westley as The Dread Pirate Roberts and Inigo Montoya is certainly one of the greatest ever filmed.

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March 31, 2010
I do hope you'll review "The 13th Warrior" for my new fantasy community!
March 31, 2010
Couldn't do it justice. It should be reviewed by someone who has read the source material and who can also make the comparisons to Beowulf, which I can't. I'd probably just gush about how good Banderas looks in this flick.
March 31, 2010
Well, you could at least gush about Banderas and talk about Vikings, Arabs, and cannibals.
March 31, 2010
Don't know much about them either.
March 31, 2010
I thought you knew everything about cannibals... LOL!
March 31, 2010
That would be Christy. Besides I'd be more likely to classify this flick as horror.
September 10, 2009
Ha Ha . as a Fencer I like this list, though I do miss Conan the Barbarian, specially when it has those wonderful lines from his father when he is saying that nothing in this world can you trust and then lift upp his sword and says But This you can Trust. (I love the drunken Conan Scene, It shows that even Barbarians are human) Also Princess Bride would be good on the list as it has one of the greatest fencing duel scene ever filmed, and how about Star Wars, I admit they use lightsabers but hey it´s men with swords and the reason I got interested in Fencing.
September 10, 2009
I disagree about Conan, but you've got a very valid point about PRINCESS BRIDE--that was a hell of a duel and I AM adding it to the list immediately. STAR WARS, eh.
August 09, 2009
Hey Queen. Cool list again. I am surprised you didn't have any Conan films or that David Carradine flick which I can't remember the name of. I'm just old enough to remember it was playing at the local mall when I was about 8 or so. Great stuff!!
August 10, 2009
I actually liked RED SONJA more than the Conan films, although Conan has grown on me. Of the 2 I prefer the second, CONAN THE DESTROYER because it doesn't rely on desert locations. I hate it when they do that. I think Grace Jones was made for this kind of stuff. Plus I hated the way Conan was portrayed as getting so drunk that he would pass out in a bowl of mush. NEVER!
August 11, 2009
Karen, if you loved "Outlander"....
August 11, 2009
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