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The Sword and the Sorcerer

2 Ratings: 3.5
Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by Albert Pyun

Lee Horsley (Matt Houston on TV) is our medieval warrior in this Conan the Barbarian knockoff with a pure cliché plot. Our hero shares the stage with Richard Lynch (as the villain), Kathleen Beller, George Maharis, Richard Moll, and an unforgettable … see full wiki

Director: Albert Pyun
1 review about The Sword and the Sorcerer

Entertaining and action-packed fantasy flick.

  • Mar 26, 2009
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+4
This is one of the best, and surprisingly underestimated, fantasy movies of the 80's. It goes along the lines of classics like Beastmaster, Conan, Dragonslayer, Krull and Legend. Its best features are the great dialogues and solidly written characters, the marvelous sets, a surprisingly coherent and original plot, and an excellent soundtrack. The acting on the movie is not so good, but the story is so entertaining and funny that you won't really mind.
Talon, the son of a murdered King, turns into a barbarian hero who tries to end the rule of an evil conqueror and his allied demon. To achieve his goal he must free the heirs of the kingdom and avenge his father. In his quest he will encounter all the elements common in most fantasy stories: sword battles, powerful demons and treacherous villains, beautiful and exotic damsels in distress and dark ancient rituals and magic spells.
After the credits roll by, you will probably be left expecting to see the second installment of this movie: Tales of the Ancient Empire, which unfortunately, was never made.
A word of warning: the image quality of the DVD is not great, nor does this movie have any Special Features, but it's very unlikely it will ever get a better edition.
A must for fantasy film buffs.
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar

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