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  • Actors: Jack Palance, John Terry, Bernard Bresslaw, Ray Charleson, Peter O'Farrell
  • Directors: Terry Marcel
  • Writers: Terry Marcel, Harry Robertson
  • Producers: Bernard J. Kingham, Harry Robertson
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Carlton
  • VHS Release Date: 10 April 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004S8FT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,367 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hawk (John Terry) is a man of courage, honour and duty; a marked contrast with his deformed, cruel and perverse older brother Voltan (Jack Palance), who wears a black mask to disguise the fact that he bears the mark of Cain. When Voltan slays their father, Hawk is entrusted by the dying man with his magic mind-sword, with which he vows to avenge his death.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Darren on 7 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
Oh, where to start...

I'll start by saying that my affection for this glorious classic hasn't waned one jot in the 31 years since its release. The incredibly derivative and cliché laden plot is simple. Evil older brother Voltan, hammed to the maximum by a seemingly enraged Jack Palance, is desperate to know the secret of his father's power. After failing to find it, he stabs his father and leaves him to die in their castle's gold-walled sauna. Minutes after Voltan makes his exit, in comes younger brother Hawk, played by a charismatic-free John Terry (no, not the footballer, although he may have done a better job) Before dying, their father imparts the incredible secret. A glowing green pebble, which when fitted to their family sword, becomes a sort of Jedi mind-trick sword, able to leap into the user's hand by the power of the mind alone.

Swearing vengeance, Hawk sets out across the country, a sort of strange, dry-ice-filled medieval England, but complete with woods, snakes, swamps and other genre tomfoolery like "The Forest of Weird".

Meanwhile Voltan aka "The Dark One" (Hmm) has been busy throwing his weight about by kidnapping an Abbess from her church in order to extract a hefty ransom from the local Abbott. Another warrior saved by the nuns sets out to track down Hawk and see if he will help out. You see Hawk has a score to settle with his older brother, as it is told via flashback that Hawk stole Voltan's girlfriend (maybe that other John Terry would have been better suited to this role after all?), so after a tussle in which Voltan is burned in the face, "The Dark One" kills her. Still with me?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darren O'Connor on 3 Oct. 2010
Format: DVD
Everyone can think of one of those movies that is "so bad it's good" and this movie is the king of that kind. It has very little plot, the cinematography, locations, production values, costumes, etc. can generously be described as "on a budget," the acting is mostly bloody awful (though in fairness, it might simply be that even the most gifted actors couldn't utter some of the lines of this film's dialogue believably), the special effects are about as cheesy as effects ever get, and the musical score is an unholy combination of orchestral music, meets spaghetti western, meets 1970s disco; all of which means this movie should be almost physically painful to watch, but somehow not only is it not, it's actually a blast, especially if you get together and watch it with a group of friends. John Terry turns in a rather wooden, but nonetheless decent performance (and his seriousness plays well against the other actors, who are clearly just having fun while collecting the paycheck) as the hero, who is pitted against his evil older brother, played by a Jack Palance 25 years his senior, who not only killed their on-screen father, and Hawk's betrothed, but has now kidnapped a group of nuns and is holding them for ransom (are there no depths to which he will not sink!). Hawk is aided by a blind witch who helps him assemble a band of comrades consisting of a one-handed man (who shoots a magic, self-cocking, repeating crossbow that has a rate of fire nearly that of a machine gun), a giant (who is really just a rather tall bald guy), a dwarf (who is really just a rather short guy with a bullwhip and gross eating habits), and an elf (whose acting is so phenomenally stiff and mechanical I suspect him of actually being a robot specially constructed for the film).

No need to spoil the, uh...
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By MM on 10 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Had the "Carry On" gang ever made a serious stab at a swords and sorcery movie, it may well have taken this form. And indeed, Bernard Bresslaw himself puts in a particularly sterling performance as the scary giant (complete with obligatory, unfeasibly massive club...). I defy anyone not to enjoy this movie. Wobbly sets (including a monastery with an interesting 'skull' interior decor motif), wobbly acting (performed by many 'before they were famous' British thesps who almost manage to out-ham an incandescent Jack Palance) and, spendidly, an incredibly wobbly script, which never opts for simple cliche when the opportunity to employ a mind numbing, painfully formulaic approach presents itself.

I love this film.

Were it a woman I would ask it to marry me and bear my child...although the union would no doubt produce a hideously deformed progeny that utterly failed to justify the intense labour involved in its birth: oh, the irony.

Look out for jumping fog (as a result of attempts in the editing room to make things magically 'disappear'), hilarious arrow-antics all round (the 'who cares about the laws of physics' hats-off moment being particularly splendid in slow motion), a giant who generally appears in the foreground to create the impression that the dwarf is smaller than is actually the case and, crucially, a steady supply of grimacing baddies sitting round in forests (which seem to cover Hawk's entire world and contain any number of snakes, skeletons, and dry-ice machines) ready to pick a fight at the drop of a hat, thereby enabling key characters to strut their heroic stuff. The soundtrack alone is worth the price of this video (can Jeff Wayne sue...?), especially the hilarious 'good/bad/ugly' Hawk signature twiddle.
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