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Hawk The Slayer [1980] [DVD]

Jack Palance , John Terry , Terry Marcel    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Jack Palance, John Terry, Bernard Bresslaw, Ray Charleson, Annette Crosbie
  • Directors: Terry Marcel
  • Producers: Harry Robertson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,062 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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Darren
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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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spinal Tap of Fantasy 10 Dec 2007
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Yes, it's time to travel back to the dying days of Lew Grade's ITC Films, an age of darkness, of low-budgets and even lower-tech special effects, of bad acting and even worse writing: a world where clichés run rampant and Hawk the Slayer and his mindsword set the cause of sword-and-sorcery back several years. Shot almost entirely on a single Abbey set in Pinewood and the woods surrounding the studios in the heart of Autumn, this demented no-budget British spaghetti sword-opera - a sort of would-be A Fistful of Swords - pits John Terry's virtuous hero against his evil one-eyed brother with a taste for Darth Vaderesque headgear Jack Palance after the latter kills their badly dubbed dad Ferdy Mayne in a squabble over "The power that is rightly mmmmiiiiiiinnnnnnneee!" That power being a magical mindsword with a glowing green handle that can fall into your hand if you think about it (and run the film backwards).

Mind you, as flashbacks later reveal, the evil Darth Voltan (okay, he's not really called Darth) has already killed the love of Hawk's life, something which almost shocks one-time Felix Leiter (in The Living Daylights) John Terry into changing his expression, before moving on to underline what a bad egg he is by kidnapping guest star Annette Crosbie's Mother Superior, prompting Hawk into action. Well, not exactly action, more riding around the same stretch of woodlands while ineffectually ripping off The Magnificent Seven and A Fistful of Dollars (you half expect John Terry to say "My pony don't like bein' laughed at.") as he assembles his A-Team - a giant played by Carry On veteran Bernard Bresslaw, an elfin bowman who talks like a constipated Dalek, a not particularly short dwarf and Patricia Quinn's witch with a particularly naff line in sorcery involving, er, smokey eggs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good purchase! Great product and highly recommended
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Ball
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by gary teece
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Published 1 month ago by Jeff Moncrieff
5.0 out of 5 stars D&D ... 80s style.
Fantastic guilty pleasure with an off the chart, cheesy 80s soundtrack and hammy acting. Go on, you know you want to ;-)
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawk the Slayer
Yet another sword and sorcery film. This time co starring Jack Palance. What a career this guy has had, and never seems to get very visibly old. I hope I get old like him.
Published 5 months ago by Peter Brookman
2.0 out of 5 stars The message of death.....
Hawk, after seeing both his father and bride die at the hands of his malevolent brother, Voltan, sets out for revenge and the chance to live up to his title. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars this film rocks
Hawk the Slayer is a top ten sword and sorcery epic with good characters and the biggest pantomime villain ever who makes Vader look like a pussy.
Published 11 months ago by
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawk the Slayer
Great actors, a good story, and plenty of action. Added to this is the jovial giant Bernard Bresslaw adding a little mirth. All in all a gripping story put to film. Great. Thanks.
Published 12 months ago by Alan Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Hawk The Slayer...magical or naff
[[ASIN:B000LXHJMS Hawk The Slayer [1980] [DVD]

As others have already done numerous synopis of the movie, i'll just go to the movie. Read more
Published 14 months ago by sam lowry
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
My parents still have a copy of this film on video gathering dust on a shelf.
It's a classic to all who watched it the first time round but that's partly it's charm the other... Read more
Published 21 months ago by lloydfoxe
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