The Beastmaster (1982)

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For fans of sword and sorcery films, The Beastmaster has it all from prophetic witches to excessive sword wielding. The jacked and tan Beastmaster Dar, played by Marc Singer, has a good time supernaturally controlling his beasts including his black-dyed tiger Ruh, his cute set of ferrets Kodo and Podo, and his eagle Sharak (whom the Beastmaster can use as his set of eyes). The movie is given some visual flare from cinematographer John Alcott, who shot The Shining (1980) and Barry Lyndon (1975), with plenty of aerial photography from the eagle's point of view. And there are some enjoyable performances from Rip Torn, Tanya Roberts, and John Amos. The plot doesn’t make a great deal of sense as it jumps from one rocky desert Southern California location to another, and the movie generally runs on too long after the death of the primary villain. But it’s harmless PG fun with quality production values and it is a seminal movie along with Conan the Barbarian (1982) for the spawning of many sword and sorcery films of the early 1980s and beyond.

The Beastmaster is a 1982 fantasy film directed by Don Coscarelli and starring Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, John Amos and Rip Torn. The film was marketed with the tagline "Born with the courage of an eagle, the strength of a black tiger, and the power of a god."

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