Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brigitte Nielsen, Jr. Ernie Reyes, Pat Roach, Sandahl Bergman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 89 minutes
Brigitte Nielsen, as Conan creator Robert E. Howard's female warrior Red Sonja, gets an assist from Arnold Schwarzenegger in this enjoyably campy, Italian-lensed sword & sorcery adventure. Nielsen's thespian skills may be a bit stiff, but she certainly fills out the physical demands of the role, which asks her to look impressive with a sword as she avenges the death of her priestess sister and the theft of a sacred orb by an evil queen (Sandahl Bergman, also from the '82 theatrical Conan and a match for Nielsen's acting ability). Schwarzenegger (not playing Howard's barbarian king) lends some star power in a supporting role as a warrior assisting Sonja, and if the film stumbles in the acting, scripting, and special-effects departments, Richard Fleischer's direction and cinematography Giuseppe Rotunno are appropriately action-heavy and comic-book colorful (Fleischer also directed Conan the Destroyer and The Vikings); Ennio Morricone's bombastic score is another plus. --Paul Gaita
No man may have me, unless he's beaten me in a fair fight.
So, the only man that can have you, is one who's trying to kill you. That's logic.
If you yield only to a conqueror, then prepared to be conquered.
Don't be a fool, I don't want to kill you.
What happened? Queen Gedren attacked us is what happened.
Gedren? Queen Gedren?
That's right. She knocked down half the city with her new weapon and demanded our surrender.
My army ran away. Do they want to live forever? I refused to surrender.
So she knocked down the other half.