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Red Sonja [VHS] (1985)

Arnold Schwarzenegger , Brigitte Nielsen , Richard Fleischer  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brigitte Nielsen, Sandahl Bergman, Paul L. Smith, Ernie Reyes Jr.
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Writers: Clive Exton, George MacDonald Fraser, Robert E. Howard
  • Producers: A. Michael Lieberman, Christian Ferry, José López Rodero
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • VHS Release Date: April 6, 1999
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 079284078X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

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73 of 85 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "You must learn to like men a little better." September 15, 2004
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Based (very loosely) on a character created by legendary sword and sorcery fantasy writer Robert E. Howard, comes Red Sonja (1985), imbued with powers of mystical origin and seeking justice and revenge for the wrongs perpetrated upon her and her family by an evil warlord queen. The film, directed by Richard Fleischer, who also did Conan the Destroyer (1984), stars Brigitte (I was married to Sylvester Stallone once) Nielsen as the title character. Also appearing is Arnold Swarzenegger as Kalidor, a Noble warrior who aids Sonja on her quest, and the lovely Sandahl Bergman (she appeared in Conan the Barbarian as the warrior Valaria) as the evil Queen Gerden. Other notable appearances include Ronald Lacey (you may remember him as Toht from the film Raiders of the Lost Ark) as evil henchman Ikol, and Paul L. Smith (Bluto from the Robin Williams Popeye movie) as Falkon.

The film begins by relating the sad tale of Sonja and how Queen Gerden and her forces wiped out her family, supposedly I guess due to the fact the Queen wanted Sonja in some capacity (girls gone wild indeed) but Sonja refused. Left for dead, Sonja is visited by a spirit of sorts, which gives her literally gives he strength to embark on a quest of justice and revenge against the evil queen. Also, it seems the queen has stolen a powerful, carefully guarded, glowing orb right before it was meant to be destroyed, one that has powers of its' own, allowing for the possessor to control elemental forces and call down storms and earthquakes, if they so wish. Kalidor, one of the individuals in place to oversee the destruction of the orb, joins forces with Red Sonja, as their paths may differ, but they ultimately lead to the same place.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best February 27, 2002
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Ever since seeing this movie when it first came out, back in the day...I've been hooked. Above all else, it has been my favorite and so hard to find, too. So, seeing it here is definitely a great thing for me.
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?
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Director Richard Fleischer derailed the Conan movie franchise by making the 1984 "Conan the Destroyer" much more of a campy adventure than John Milius did with the original 1982 "Conan the Barbarian." However, for this 1985 Conan spin-off of a Robert E. Howard inspired creation, the warrior-woman Red Sonja. In the title role is the statuesque model Brigitte Nielsen, making her film debut, with Arnold Schwarzenegger playing Kalidor, the Conan-clone who plays a pivotal supporting role in that he usually only shows up to save the film's heroine. However, given the idea that Red Sonja has been given her warrior strength to avenge the murder of her family and her own violent rape, the idea that a man has to keep bailing her own clearly runs against the character's ideology (and you just cannot ignore that sort of thing when the title character has been empowered by the gods as long as she keeps true to her vows and avoids sex).

Arnold is a more engaging character this time around, which is rather easy since nobody is as sullen as Conan, and this is the first time where you really get a sense of fun in one of his movies (his serious resume at that point was the two Conan films and the first "Terminator"). The problem is that by the time he first shows up the best part of the movie is over, and for every decent moment provided by Arnold there are three or four scenes with Ernie Reyes, Jr. as the annoying Prince Tarn, reducing the movie to something like "Home Alone" with swords. The plot for "Red Sonja" involves a quest for a giant green orb and an evil queen (Sandhal Bergman), which makes it a lot like "Conan the Destroyer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars goood entertainment
another sword and socery flick,but fun. i just enjoyed the fun value, even with it's necessarily weak plot lines and acting' take a fw minutes to enjoy .
Published 7 days ago by wallace pollock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I do Love this Movie , is great with Arnold , and everybody else.
Published 8 days ago by Steven Hensley
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
i have watched this movie many times great actors super movie its a must see in my opinion hudge fan
Published 18 days ago by pikey
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Sonja
It has been years since I've seen this movie. Great film and is one of my favorites. I'm a big fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger anyway and this film was no disappointment at all. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Delton Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Conan's Mate
This movie was great, brought to mind Tarzan and Jane. Red Sonja was definitely Conan's soul mate, unlike Jane, what Sonja's mate could do, she could do and wasn't afraid to do... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Arnold film
Playing along the same vein as the "Conan" movies , Red Sonya is a fun, warrior movie for any lazy afternoon or evening. Read more
Published 1 month ago by retrobabe
3.0 out of 5 stars fantasy familiar
This came out in the 80's when the Conan movies came out. Formulaic but fun. Bring the popcorn and leave your ability to disbelieve at the door.
Published 1 month ago by bike enthusiast
2.0 out of 5 stars fair movie
This is a good movie that had a lot of surprises around every corner. I am happy I added it to my collection
Published 2 months ago by bsfirebird0503
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Fantasy Flick
Good movie from one's youth. Brings back an era of fun flicks without guile and demands for social intervention. And a certain amount of action and adventure.
Published 2 months ago by Hyperjump
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Movie
I was re-watching through the old Conan movies in preparation for watching the newest one, and I noticed this movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by George R Monnat Jr
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