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Hauer and Pfeiffer are cursed lovers who use Philippe \The Mouse" Gaston (Broderick) to help free them from the spell which traps them.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Release Date: 15-AUG-2000
Media Type: DVD"""
This lushly produced fantasy has gained a loyal following since its release in 1985, and it gave a welcomed boost to the careers of Matthew Broderick, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Rutger Hauer. You have to ignore the overly aggressive music score (critic Pauline Kael aptly dubbed it "disco-medieval") and director Richard Donner's reckless allowance of anachronistic dialogue and uninspired storytelling, but there's a certain charm to the movie's combination of romance and heroism. Broderick plays a young thief who comes to the aid of tragic lovers Isabeau (Pfeiffer), who is cursed to become a hawk every day at sunrise and Navarre (Hauer) who turns into a wolf at sunset. The curse was cast by an evil sorcerer-bishop (John Wood), and as Broderick eludes the bishop's henchmen, Navarre struggles to conquer the villain, lift the curse, and be reunited with his love in human form. The tragedy of this lovers' dilemma keeps the movie going, and Broderick is well cast as a young, medieval variation of Woody Allen. --Jeff Shannon
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A small time thief, played by Matthew Broderick, escapes from a terrible prison only to meet up with a mysterious, itinerant knight played by Rutger Hauer and a beautiful young maiden he only sees by night (Michelle Pfiefer). In time, Phillipe "the mouse" finds that Navarre the knight and Isebeau the maiden have been cursed by a dark magic by an evil bishop. The young lovers are under a terrible spell wherein the knight is a man by day and a wolf by night and the young maiden is a hawk by day and beautiful young woman by night - always together, yet always kept apart in human form. Only a disgraced monk, played by Leo McKern has the answer to break the spell.
It's a marvelous story that satisfies at many levels, for fans of different type films as the comedy of Broderick, the dramatic action-adventure of Rutger Hauer and the romance represented by Pfeiffer blend together in a seamless and rarely achieved whole. Each character provides something to the viewer as well as the other characters in this wonderful film.
Really, the only thing that hasn't stood the test of time well is the music, which is very "80's" and seems out of place in this type of film. None the less, this is an excellent film that anyone of any age should find magical and enchanting...in a good way!
This was a replacement of a rather disappointing DVD.
The Blue Ray runs a bit longer and really develops the story.
If you are into fantasy, this is a must have version.