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FULL SYNOPSIS

This low-budget entry into the sword-and-sorcery cycle of the early '80s wasn't successful during its initial release, but has steadily built a strong cult following over the years. The Beastmaster tells the story of Dar (Marc Singer), the son of a king who was stolen from his mother's womb by a witch under the command of vicious sorcerer Maax (Rip Torn). A poor villager saves Dar from being sacrificed and raises him as his own son, teaching Dar how to fight and witnessing the boy's ability to telepathically communicate with animals. Their happiness is destroyed when their village is attacked by the evil Jun horde, a race of beast-like warriors controlled by Maax. Dar vows revenge and journeys to his father's former kingdom to destroy Maax. Along the way, he falls in love with gorgeous slave girl Kiri (Tanya Roberts) and teams up with former royal guard Seth (John Amos). Dar also uses his powers to enlist the aid of an eagle, a panther and two adorable ferrets named Kodo and Podo. Together, Dar and his unlikely but brave team square off with Maax in an impressive two-part finale that involves a swordfight on the side of a pyramid and a showdown with the Jun horde near a flaming moat. The resulting film was full of action and eccentric surprises, but failed to make an impression at a box office already glutted with fantasy films. However, The Beastmaster eventually became a serious cult favorite thanks to home video and extensive exposure on cable (it is the second most aired movie on TBS after Gone With the Wind). This enduring popularity led to two sequels and a syndicated television series chronicling the further adventures of Dar. ~ Donald Guarisco, Rovi

Cast

Marc Singer
as Dar
Tanya Roberts
as Kiri
Rip Torn
as Maax
John Amos
as Seth
Josh Milrad
as Tal
Gary McLarty
as Jun Priest
Ralph Strait
as Sacco
Tony Epper
as Jun Leader
Billy Jayne
as Young Dar
Eddie Hice
as Jun Priest
Jeremy Whelan
as Jun Priest
Hugh Armstrong
as Jun Priest
Paul Reynolds
as Tils
Ben Hammer
as Young Dar's Father
Vanna Bonta
as Zed's Wife
Janet Jones
as Witchwoman #3
Larry Randles
as Death Guard Rider
Bruce Barbour
as Marauder
Mike Kirton
as Jun Priest
Thomas Huff
as Jun Priest

Crew

Don Coscarelli
Director
Paul Pepperman
Producer
Paul Pepperman
Screenwriter
Don Coscarelli
Screenwriter
Lee Holdridge
Composer (Music Score)
Roy Watts
Editor
Donald P. Borchers
Associate Producer
Sylvio Tabet
Executive Producer
James Sbardellati
First Assistant Director
Jerry Wills
Stunts
Kerrie Cullen
Stunts
Henry Wills
Stunts
George Wilbur
Stunts
Bob Minor
Stunts
Bob Terhune
Stunts
Bill Hart
Stunts
John Meier
Stunts
Frank Orsatti
Stunts
Buddy Van Horn
Stunts
Erik Cord
Stunts
Fred Lerner
Stunts
Gary Epper
Stunts
Gray Johnson
Stunts
Hank Calia
Stunts
David R. Ellis
Stunts
Tom Benko
Production Manager
Roberto Quezada
Production Manager
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