The Warrior and the Sorceress

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The Warrior and the Sorceress
Warrior and the sorceressposter.jpg
Theatrical release film poster by Boris Vallejo
Directed byJohn C. Broderick
Produced byJohn C. Broderick
Frank K. Isaac
Héctor Olivera
Alejandro Sessa
Roger Corman (executive producer – uncredited)
Screenplay byJohn C. Broderick
Based onA story by John C. Broderick
William Stout
Starring
Music byLouis Saunders
CinematographyLeonardo Rodríguez Solís
Edited bySilvia Ripoll
Production
company
Aries Cinematográfica Argentina
New Horizon Picture Corp
Distributed byNew Horizons
Release date
  • September 7, 1984 (1984-09-07)
(US)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryArgentina
United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$600,000 - $4,000,000[1] (Estimated)
Box office$2,886,225 (US)[2][3]

The Warrior and the Sorceress is a 1984 Argentine-American fantasy action film directed by John C. Broderick and starring David Carradine, María Socas and Luke Askew. It was written by Broderick (story and screenplay) and William Stout (story).

The Warrior and the Sorceress is a version of the classic Kurosawa film Yojimbo.[4] The film is noted chiefly for containing extensive nudity and violence, being one of the more extreme examples of the sword-and-sorcery genre.[5] It is also considered by some to be a cult classic.[6]

The Warrior and the Sorceress was the second entry in a series of ten films that Roger Corman produced in Argentina during the 1980s; the first one being Deathstalker.[7][8]

Synopsis[edit]

In a distant galaxy lies the desert planet of Ura, which has two suns. There, two rival warlords, Zeg and Bal Caz, constantly fight against each other in a battle over the village's only wellspring. The mercenary warrior Kain emerges and announces that his skills are for hire to the highest bidder. Naja, a beautiful sorceress that has been taken captive by Zeg, changes Kain's original purpose of taking the well for himself to saving Naja and the village people. Kain starts to tangle the situation, taking advantage of the ongoing feud while seeking to debilitate the rival warlords and defeat them.

Cast[edit]

  • David Carradine ... Kain the Warrior
  • María Socas ... Naja the Sorceress
  • Luke Askew ... Zeg the Tyrant
  • Anthony De Longis ... Kief, Zeg's Captain (as Anthony DeLongis)
  • Harry Townes ... Bludge the Prelate
  • Guillermo Marín ... Bal Caz (as William Marin)
  • Armando Capo ... Burgo the Slaver (as Arthur Clark)
  • Daniel March ... Blather, Bal Caz's Fool
  • John Overby ... Gabble, Bal Caz's Fool
  • Richard Paley ... Scar-face
  • Marcos Woinski ... Burgo's Captain (as Mark Welles)[9]
  • Cecilia Narova ... Exotic Dancer (as Cecilia North)
  • Dylan Willias ... Zeg's Guard
  • José Casanova ... Zeg's Guard (as Joe Cass)
  • Miguel Zavaleta ... Zeg's Guard (as Michael Zane)
  • Herman Cass ... Zeg's Guard
  • Arturo Noal ... Zeg's Guard (as Arthur Neal)
  • Hernán Gené ... Zeg's Guard (as Herman Gere)
  • Gus Parker ... Zeg's Guard
  • Ned Ivers ... Slave
  • Liliana Cameroni ... Zeg's Drowned Slave (as Lillian Cameron)
  • Eva Adanaylo ... Woman at Well (as Eve Adams)
  • Noëlle Balfour ... (uncredited)

Production[edit]

The film was originally known as Kain of the Desert Planet. Corman developed it for Millennium Pictures, the company he formed after he sold New World Pictures. Millennium was subsequently renamed "New Horizons".[10]

The exterior shots were made in Ischigualasto Provincial Park in San Juan, also known as Valle de la Luna ("Valley of the Moon", due to its otherworldly appearance). Most of the film was shot inside Estudios Baires Film S.A. and Campo de Mayo, in Buenos Aires Province.[11]

Before production started and during a discussion with his girlfriend, David Carradine punched a wall and fractured his right hand. To conceal the plaster for the hand, Carradine used a pointed black glove on his right arm while filming.[11] (In Carradine's memoirs he says he broke his hand three days into filming but doesn't say how.[12])

The outfit that Carradine uses for his character of Kain is the same he wore for the B movie/post-apocalyptic action film Dune Warriors (1991).[13] In a rather obvious coincidence, Luke Askew again played the antagonist role in the latter film.[14]

Carradine says the director "was obsessed by the body of the actress who played the priestess so he costumed her in a topless outfit. Everywhere you looked there was this barebreasted woman."[15]

Carradine liked the movie because of its sword play and the fighting style he helped design but says "don't expect a great movie" because the director quit during editing after a fight with Corman (he had gone two weeks over schedule) meaning the editing was finished by two teams in two different countries. "It's a little uneven," said Carradine of the film.[16]

Similarities with Yojimbo[edit]

According to David Carradine's book Spirit of Shaolin, it was clear before production started that the film was going to be a version of Akira Kurosawa's 1961 Samurai film Yojimbo, and Carradine talked about it with executive producer Roger Corman:

The Warrior and the Sorceress) was essentially a remake of Yojimbo, the samurai movie by the great Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa. I called up Roger and told him I loved the script; but what about the Yojimbo factor. Roger said, "Yes, it is rather like Yojimbo." I said, "It's not like Yojimbo. It is Yojimbo." Roger said, "Let me tell you a story. When Fistful of Dollars opened in Tokyo, Kurosawa's friends called him up and said 'You must see this picture.' Kurosawa said, 'Yes, I understand it is rather like Yojimbo.' 'No, it's not like Yojimbo; it is Yojimbo. You have to sue these people.' 'I can't sue them', he responded. 'Why not?' 'Because' -Kurosawa confessed-, 'Yojimbo is Dashiel Hammet's Red Harvest.'" I went for it.[17][18][19]

The story however appears to be apocryphal, as Kurosawa and Toho Studios did in fact successfully sue Sergio Leone.[20][21]

Reception[edit]

The Philadelphia Inquirer called it "an unashamedly sordid rehashing - and retrashing - of Akira Kurosawa's samurai classic Yojimbo, via Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, with a little Star Wars and Conan the Barbarian tossed in for good measure."[22]

The Los Angeles Times also noted the similarities to Yojimmbo and said the film had "awkward action, a general air of determined viciousness and (Carradine excepted) so much overacting that it sometimes seems that a new dramatic style is being forged."[23]

Footage for the film later turned up in Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reel Bad Cinema: The Warrior & the Sorceress (1984) review Cool Ass Cinema
  2. ^ Business for The Warrior and the Sorceress IMDb
  3. ^ Box office for The Warrior and the Sorceress Box Office Mojo
  4. ^ DVD Talk - Roger Corman's Cult Classics Double Feature: The Warrior and the Sorceress/Barbarian Queen
  5. ^ DVD Verdict - Case Number 02509: The Warrior And The Sorceress
  6. ^ Joshua reviews The Warrior and the Sorceress & Barbarian Queen, Roger Corman Cult Classic Double Feature Criterion Cast
  7. ^ "Hollywood in Don Torcuato (first part)": When Roger Corman and his B-movies invaded Argentina Cinematófilos.com.ar ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  8. ^ Falicov, Tamara L. "U.S.-Argentine Co-productions, 1982-1990: Roger Corman, Aries Productions, "Schlockbuster" Movies, and the International Market" Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies, vol. 34 no. 1, 2004, pp. 31-38. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/flm.2004.0015
  9. ^ Marcos Woinski profile Cinenacional.com
  10. ^ FILM CLIPS: CORMAN NAMES HIS NEW BABY Caulfield, Deborah. Los Angeles Times 13 June 1983: g1.
  11. ^ a b Cinematófilos, "Hollywood in Don Torcuato (second part)": When Roger Corman and his B-movies invaded Argentina Cinematófilos.com.ar ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  12. ^ Carradine p 539
  13. ^ Dune Warriors - David Carradine YouTube
  14. ^ Dune Warriors trailer YouTube
  15. ^ Carradine p 542
  16. ^ Carradine p 542
  17. ^ Carradine p 539
  18. ^ http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~bjackson/silverbullets.htm
  19. ^ http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=2420
  20. ^ Gelten, Simon. "FISTFUL - The Whole Story, part 2 - The Spaghetti Western Database". Spaghetti Western Database. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  21. ^ "A Fistful of Dollars and Yojimbo". Side B Magazine. 14 April 2011. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  22. ^ FILM: SHADES OF SAMURAI Lyman, Rick. Philadelphia Inquirer; Philadelphia, Pa. [Philadelphia, Pa]16 May 1984: C.8.
  23. ^ MOVIE REVIEW: 'WARRIOR' BORROWS KUROSAWA PLOT Wilmington, Michael. Los Angeles Times 16 Apr 1985: sd_d3.
  24. ^ Carradine p 568

Notes[edit]

  • Carradine, David (1995). Endless Highway.

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