Red Sonja (1985) Director: Richard Fleischer Stars: Brigitte Nielsen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandahl Bergman
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I'm not sure what the reason was for the over-reaction of Hollywood critics regarding this film. Nielson was nominated for Raspberry awards for worst actress and worst new star, and shockingly Sandahl Bergman was nominated for worst supporting actress for her enigmatic performance as Queen Gedren. These people should have seen the "Deathstalker" films! See what I mean about overreaction? The film might have disappointed people's high expectations but that doesn't make it an "hilariously awful" film. Maybe their gripe was that Schwarzenegger wasn't the star. Oh well.
"Red Sonya" is a fun and entertaining film for fans of sword & sorcery, and outside "Conan the Barbarian" (with Schwarzenegger) I'm not sure it gets any better than this. It's imaginative, lively and fun, with likeable characters and high adventure. Tall tail balances well with gritty realism. Drama is balanced with humour. Battle scenes are well done and the swords are awesome. Watch and enjoy!
Yep you guessed it Arnie (Hercules in New York) is back and he is talking. Toss in Brigitte Nielson and a sprinkle of the evil Sandahl Bergman. And you have an afternoon of fun and revenge.
Seems there is the talisman (some glowy plastic thing) that only women can touch. If it gets too much light it will destroy the world. It is captured by a dark queen with great ambition. Red Sonja, who hates men, must team up with Kalidor (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to make sure the talisman is properly disposed of before it destroys the world. They have many trials and tribulations along the way. Will they succeed?
The movie focuses on strength, both mental and physical. An internal and external battle for the leading lady, Red Sonja who battles her way to fight Queen Gedren to avenge the deaths of her brother, sister, mother, and father. Along side of Red Sonja is notorious fighter, Kalidor. With Kalidor and two unlikely heroes, Red Sonja battles through this action/adventure five-star hit movie. The story is based on the writings of Robert E. Howard, author of Conan.
Brigitte Nielson really plays the part incredibly. Not bad for a "Rocky IV" and "Cobra" star and ex-Stallone wife, but she certainly can take on the action role. And even more impressive was Schwarzenegger (who needs no introduction) acting along side another action star, female at that.
There are several other actors worth recognition for their roles in the movie: for instance, Queen Gedren, played by Sandahl Bergman whom has played many other movies, such as "Conan the Barbarian". Falkon, played by Paul Smith who has been seen in many films like the new release: "Monsters Ball", the original "Dune", 1965's "The Great Race" and many more dating back to 1936. Ikol, played by Ronald Lacey from "Yellowbeard" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark". And let us not forget Pat Roach (Brytag) seen in an array of movies including all three Indiana Jones, "Kull the Conqueror," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Conan the Destroyer," and "Clash of the Titans."
With this ensemble cast, how can you go wrong with the movie?
Now I don't review films, however after reading some of the other reviews I had to defend Arnold. Maybe people need to be reminded that, although this movie is being released on DVD it still is a 1985 released video. The special effects were nowhere near what they are now. I'm not a history buff as I'm sure most people aren't. The exact clothing worn in an era or weapons used aren't as important as the entertainment being provided (unless they try shooting each other with rifles). I am less harsh on actors/actresses making debuts. I've never done it, but it can't be easy. As far as I'm concerned this is a good movie and I will buy it on DVD when it becomes available (anyone want to buy my video version?)
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Red Sonia is not a Conan movie, but it is very good. It is worth the money. Thank youPublished 2 months ago by willy
It's a classic what else can I say. The story is good enough but the direction is a bit of a fail.Published 3 months ago by James C. Townsend
shouldae ken this- it's from Scotland , and must needs ae multi region playa.
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