Thursday, November 15, 2018

By the Gods!

Eleonora Rossi Drago, Jack Palance and Guy Madison in SWORD OF THE CONQUEROR (1961)

The sword fight at the conclusion of the film. This scene highlights one of the many frustrating parts of this okay film: Palance and Madison never share screen time before this moment. The two actors were good actors in their own right and yet they never have an explosive scene together aside from this standard sword fight (there's a scene in which the two actors are together but they're never in the same shot: Palance, standing on a balcony, orders Madison to be whipped). It's a real shame. Good film with few memorable moments. I watch it and then sorta forget about it quickly. I have a pristine near-HD copy of this and it really elevates the film to another level. MGM, which still own this, plays it on a regular basis on their cable channel, as a filler of sorts.

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