Directed by Peter Yates
Stars: Ken Marshall, Liam Neeson, David Battley, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones
"I am Ergo the Magnificent- short in stature, tall in power, narrow of purpose, and wide of vision!"
Prince Colwyn and Princess Lyssa wish to marry and unite their kingdoms against a common enemy who is enslaving worlds. In the midst of the ceremony, the Slayers, minions of the evil Beast, attack and spirit Lyssa away to the Beast's mobile lair. With both kings killed in the wedding melee, Colwyn is now king. In order to fulfill and ancient prophecy he must defeat the Beast and rescue his lady-love. The fate of the entire galaxy is at stake, and if Colwyn wishes to triumph, he's going to need the power of the Glaive!
This beloved cult fantasy is a delicious cocktail of medieval magick, romance, and science fiction. It has the perfect mix of action, comedy, and heart. This flick holds up quite well today even compared to more modern fare of this sort.
After Colwyn retrieves the Glaive (a metal boomerang-ish type of weapon) the movie really hits its stride and becomes a road trip adventure. In his quest to find the Black Fortress, Colwyn assembles a rag-tag army or thieves, rogues, magicians/healers, and one melancholy Cyclops. (And yes, that is a young and smoking hot Liam Neeson as one of the criminals that joins Colwyn's journey.) All the characters are interesting and you care about what happens to them. You want them to succeed and feel regret at the comrades who fall along the way. Highly recommended! Ken Marshall deserves a special award for wearing shiny striped disco hot pants the entire film without seeming in the least bit swishy.