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In 730 A.D., young Garron is given the task to defend his home and his family as his father rides to war. That task proves to be difficult as calamity strikes and the enemy closes in. Ever obedient, Garron must rely on his father's guidance and God's strengh to over come the odds - or risk death for all that he loves.
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F. Murray Abraham plays a man just out of prison for murder. His was the foolish act of a headstrong youth. He has since come to regret it and wishes to change his life. He seeks employment as a fencing instructor in a prestigious salle but his style and skills are out of date. He can get work only as a janitor. Even so, he works to regain his lost skill and eventually gets the grudging acceptance of the maestro and is allowed to teach beginners classes. The students have a hard time taking him seriously but his skill is such that he wins acceptance from them as well. Eventually, his real identity comes out. He has a "history" with the maestro and tempers flare I a great clash of wills and style.
This isn't just a story about guys playing with long pointy things. It is about striving to be the best but setting limits as to what one is willing to do to be the best. It is about winning at all costs versus winning with honor. It is about vengeance and respect.
The fencing scenes are well done. Abraham does a convincing job of conveying the athleticism of fencing even though he is decades older than his opponents.
Some people won't like it for those reasons. Leave them to their Bruce Willis, Steven Segal, Claude van Damme, and Sylvester Stallone movies.
This is a welcome addition to our permanent video library that my wife and I both enjoy.