Quest for the Mighty Sword

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Quest for the Mighty Sword
Ator 4 poster.jpg
British home video cover
Directed byJoe D'Amato
Produced byCarlo Maria Cordio[1]
Screenplay byJoe D'Amato[1]
Music byCarlo Maria Cordio[1]
CinematographyJoe D'Amato[1]
Edited byKathleen Stratton[1]
Release date
  • 29 August 1990 (1990-08-29) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes (United States)[3]

Quest for the Mighty Sword is a 1990 Italian film directed by Joe D'Amato. It is the final film in the Ator film series.[2]


Once upon a time, a god gave a mighty sword to the king of Aquiles to bring justice to his people. Now he wants it back - but the king gives his life rather than give up the sword. Goddess Dehamira, who spoke for him, is stripped of all her privileges and held in a circle of fire until a human arrives who's strong enough to free her. When prince Ator becomes 18, he gets the sword from the mean sorcerer gnome Grindl to free Dehamira and his people. On his journey, he has to fight against dragons and other fantastic figures.



Actress Marisa Mell returned to the screen in this film after a five years absence.[4]


In the United States, Quest for the Mighty Sword was released direct-to-video on August 29, 1990.[1][5]

The film was also released as Ator III: The Hobgoblin, The Hobgoblin, Troll 3 and The Lord of Akili.[6]


John Stanley called the film "[a]nother pathetic entry in the Italian-produced Ator series",[7] while Keith Bailey categorises it as "so bad it's good" with reservations due to some "dull moments" - rating it one of five stars. He observes that the film's hero "manages to avoid spaghetti sauce lava when not fighting Siamese-twin robots and mucus-covered Godzilla clones in a quest that really doesn't seem to have any specific goal" and thus grants that "there are some hilariously bad sequences that will please fans of the abysmal".[8]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 202.
  2. ^ a b Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 203.
  3. ^ Staff, Bowker Editorial (2001). "Bowker's Complete Video Directory 2001". Bowker. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  4. ^ Schneider, André (2013). Die Feuerblume: Über Marisa Mell und ihre Filme (in German). Books on Demand. p. 195. ISBN 9783732275151. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  5. ^ Armstrong, Richard B.; Armstrong, Mary Willems (2015). Encyclopedia of Film Themes, Settings and Series. McFarland. ISBN 9781476612300. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  6. ^ Rushing 2016, p. 187.
  7. ^ Stanley, John (2000). Creature Features: The Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Movie Guide. Berkley Boulevard Books. p. 422. ISBN 9780425175170. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  8. ^ Bailey, Keith. "Quest for the Mighty Sword – review | cast and crew, movie star rating and where to watch film on TV and online". Radio Times. Retrieved 10 March 2019.


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