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The Flame and the Arrow


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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UJ48RC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,053 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lighthearted adventure about an overlord, Count Ulrich - who takes it one step too far. It was bad enough when he kidnapped the pretty wife of the young archer Dardo. But when Ulrich takes the man's son - a rebel leader is born.

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Still in his first flush of muscular stardom, Burt Lancaster romps through this costume adventure in full awareness of his movie-star dazzle. The story is a Robin Hood-tinged yarn set in 12-century Lombardy, where ace archer Lancaster finds himself an unlikely rebel leader against the evil lord (Frank Allenby)--actually, our hero just wants to get his kidnapped son back. Oh, and maybe win the hand of the fair Virginia Mayo. Nobody from director Jacques Tourneur on down seems to have taken the story very seriously, which leaves plenty of room for the odd strolling minstrel (Norman Lloyd in puckish form), good-bad romantic rival (Robert Douglas), or mute sidekick. The latter is played by Nick Cravat, the stumpy and swarthy acrobat who had performed alongside Lancaster in their circus careers (he would return in The Crimson Pirate, the best-known of Lancaster's swashbucklers). Here, the two men execute a series of glorious physical stunts, showing off their crack timing and willingness to risk life and limb. That's really the appeal of the picture, along with Ernest Haller's Oscar-nominated Technicolor photography and the lavish Italy-by-way-of-Burbank studio sets. --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews

Action packed, family and a love story.
Vicky
He was remarkable in dramatic films, and in film noir and suspense, and even in comedy.
H. Bala
I saw this film on television as a young girl, and have loved it ever since.
C. M. Martin

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 13, 2007
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Just how good was Oscar winner Burt Lancaster? The man was a hell of an actor. He was remarkable in dramatic films, and in film noir and suspense, and even in comedy. He was so good and heartfelt in Field of Dreams (Widescreen Two-Disc Anniversary Edition). And, because of his circus background, it's not too surprising that he would show a decided flair for swashbuckling. Which now leads us to one particularly neglected swashbuckler. In 1950, 2 years before the sublime The Crimson Pirate, THE FLAME AND THE ARROW was released, a rollicking adventure film starring Burt and his sidekick and long-time circus buddy Nick Cravat. This one's where they first unleashed their heady brand of athleticism and acrobatics.

The plot? In the twelfth century, northern Italy is suffering under the iron rule of the occupying German forces. But, in the mountains of Lombardy, the fires of rebellion are still being stoked. We are introduced to the dashing, free-spirited Dardo (Burt Lancaster), a savvy huntsman and deadly archer (he's nicknamed "the Arrow"), whose wife had years before abandoned him for a life of ease and riches with the fearsome Hessian ruler, Count Ulrich, also called "The Hawk" (Frank Allenby). When Dardo, showing off for his son, shoots down Count Ulrich's hawk, Ulrich takes Dardo's son in retaliation. This act sets off the events which would ultimately transform Dardo into a leader of a peasant uprising against the Hessian invaders. Along the way, he also takes hostage and romances the beautiful noblewoman Anne de Hesse (Virginia Mayo), who is Ulrich's niece.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sumner Korins on November 28, 2007
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When I was a kid, "The Flame and the Arrow" was a staple at the Saturday matinee and I'm pleased to discover after 50 years, the film has not lost any of its wit or excitement, as much of a treat for adults as it is for children. It features Burt Lancaster, with the build of a Greek statue, at his handsomest and sassiest, those pearly whites glistening for the camera, and the beautiful Virgina Mayo, who also comes across as being carved from the finest Carrera marble.

Among the treats are watching the bouncing, athletic Burt go through his circus routine with sidekick/trainer Nick Cravat, with whom he started out early in his career as a trapeze artist.

The plot is lifted straight out of Robin Hood/William Tell legend, but who cares about such trifles when there are such handsome men, beautiful women, not to mention slimy hard-hearted villains, and gorgeous scenery to enjoy? As can be said of so many great films from the Golden Age, "they just don't make 'em like this anymore!"

Top notch entertainment for young and old alike. Add this one to your library and enjoy it with your children - and if you don't have children, watch it with friends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Martin on March 25, 2008
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Burt Lancaster and Virginia Mayo are wonderful in this movie, as are all the supporting cast members. I saw this film on television as a young girl, and have loved it ever since. I introduced my own son to this movie in the early 80's. He's now 30 plus and it's still one of his favorites. These older movies have such clever dialogue, such as when one of the villains in this film is described as "...that jaundiced excretion of a bilious toad's eye!" That's a line my son memorized well before he was 10 years old and astonished me when he came out with it in the middle of a role playing game years later! Definitely one I watch over and over again.
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Warner Bros. Pictures presents "THE FLAME AND THE ARROW" (1950) (88 min/Color) -- Starring Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Robert Douglas & Nick Cravat

Directed by Jacques Tourneur

Twelfth-century Lombardy lies under the iron heel of German overlord Count Ulrich 'The Hawk' (Frank Allenby), but in the mountains, guerrillas yet resist. Five years before our story, Ulrich stole away the pretty wife of young archer Dardo Bartoli (Lancaster) who, cynical rather than embittered, still has little interest in joining the rebels. But this changes when his son, too, is taken from him. The rest is lighthearted swashbuckling, plus romantic interludes with lovely hostage Anne de Hesse (Virginia Mayo).

One of my favorite all time films from my youth, when me and the neighborhood kids would play out every scene on our local street.

Oscar nominated for Best Cinematography, Color (Ernest Haller) and Best Music Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Film (Max Steiner)

Special footnote: -- Nick Cravat, who plays Piccolo, was an acrobat who was teamed with Burt Lancaster before Lancaster became a star. He appears in many of Lancaster's movies. In this one, and in The Crimson Pirate (1952), he plays a mute. The reason was that his thick Brooklyn accent, which he could not lose, would have been completely out of place in such period pieces. Cravat appeared with Lancaster in nine films

BIOS:
1. Jacques Tourneur [Director]
Date of Birth: 12 November 1904 - Paris, France
Date of Death: 19 December 1977 - Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France

2. Burt Lancaster
Date of Birth: 2 November 1913 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 20 October 1994 - Century City, California

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