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The Sword and The Sorcerer (2001) Horror Movie Review

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The Sword and The Sorcerer (2001)

Lean, lanky Lee Horsley (TV’s Matt Houston) is hardly the iconic image of a medieval warrior, but in this cheesy Conan the Barbarian  knockoff he makes his swaggering, mercenary Talon a genial smart aleck of a barbarian hero. The plot is pure pulp cliché: evil Cromwell (Richard Lynch)  raises a demon to conquer a peaceful kingdom, kill the rulers, and imprison the royal heirs, and the son of a murdered patriot returns to take his righteous vengeance with a projectile-loaded, three-bladed sword. First-time director Albert Pyun apprenticed under Akira Kurosawa and brings with him an eye for handsome images and a fluid sense of action that helps overcome B-movie dialogue ("Unlock this door, wench, and leave that to us!"), scenery-chewing performances, and bargain-basement budget. In one fight sequence a guard punches a rock wall—and dents it! Kathleen Beller (the dark-eyed beauty of The Betsy) is the rebel princess who enlists Talon to the cause,  Route 66‘s charming wanderer George Maharis is a conniving traitor under an unflattering mop of greasy hair, and Richard Moll dons a latex monster mask to play the double-crossed demon. It’s utterly silly and often awkward, but it does have energy to spare. The sequel promised at the end of the film was never produced and Pyun went on to direct some of the best straight-to-video action films of the 1990s,  including Nemesis. —Sean Axmaker

Synopsis:

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

About The Sword and The Sorcerer (2001)

Title: The Sword and The Sorcerer
Year: 2001
Starring: John Hurt, Warwick Davis, Daniel Radcliffe, Robbie Coltrane, Emma Watson, Fiona Shaw, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Richard Griffiths, Rupert Grint, Geraldine Somerville, Bonnie Wright, Chris Rankin, Verne Troyer, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Tom Felton, Harry Melling, Devon Murray, Julie Walters, Jean Southern, Matthew Lewis, Saunders Triplets, Jamie Waylett, Josh Herdman, Derek Deadman, Ian Hart, Ben Borowiecki, Richard Bremmer, Harry Taylor
Runtime: 152 minutes
Director: Chris Columbus
Reviewer:
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 5 users. Reviews: 5.
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Family
MPAA Rating: PG



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