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The Beastmaster

118 min | Germany:90 min (25 fps) (video version)
Adventure | Fantasy
IMDB rate:
Don Coscarelli
1 win & 1 nomination
Country: USA
Release Date: 1982-08-20
Filming Locations: Lake Pyramid, California, USA
Budget: $8,000,000
Opening Weekend: $2,955,641 (USA) (22 August 1982)
Gross: $10,751,126 (USA) (12 September 1982)
Joshua Milrad
Joshua Milrad
The Beastmaster
Marc Singer
Tanya Roberts
Rip Torn
John Amos
Rod Loomis
Ben Hammer
Young Dar's Father
Ralph Strait
Billy Jayne
Young Dar
Christine Kellogg
Witchwoman #2
Tony Epper
Jun Leader
Vanna Bonta
Zed's Wife
Kim Tabet
Sacco's Daughter
Daniel Zormeier
Winged Creature Leader
Jim Driggers
Hanging Priest
Mick Thibodeau
Hanging Priest
Paul Reynolds
Monty L. Simons
Zed's Guard (as Monty Simons)
Bruce Paul Barbour
Marauder (as Bruce Barbour)
Diamond Farnsworth
Linda Smith
Kiri's Friend
Henry Carbo
Man in Cage
Jonathan Gravish
Death Guard Priest
Don Heyn
Death Guard Priest
Larry Randles
Death Guard Rider
Vince Deadrick Sr.
Guard on Parapet
Tim Dunlavey
Young Villager
Jeremy Whelan
Jun Priest
Billy Hank Hooker
Jun Priest
George Scott
Jun Priest
Tommy J. Huff
Jun Priest (as Tom Huff)
Dale Shawver
Jun Priest
Richard Humphreys
Jun Priest
Hugh Armstrong
Jun Priest
Mike Kirton
Jun Priest
Eddy Donno
Jun Priest (as Eddie Donno)
Gary McLarty
Jun Priest
Eddie Hice
Jun Priest
Fess Reynolds
Jun Priest
Freddie Hice
Jun Priest
Blake Bolger
Infant Dar (uncredited)
Derek Elmore
Baby Dar (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks
Boatman (uncredited)
Did you know?
The eagle often refused to fly on cue so in order to shoot footage of it in the air it was dropped from a trapdoor in a hot air balloon.
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Producer Dino De Laurentiis liked the movie and offered Don Coscarelli to direct Conan the Destroyer (1984). Coscarelli declined because he thought the script was quite bad.
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The film originally started shooting with anamorphic lenses, but cinematographer John Alcott switched to spherical lenses early on because he did not think anamorphic gave him the sharpness and depth of field he wanted. The anamorphic footage - young Dar's encounter with the bear in the forest - was later cropped to match the 1.85:1 final aspect ratio of the spherical footage.
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(at around 1h) After saving the tiger, Dar and Seth and the little boy decide to travel together you can see a car behind the trees passing by.
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When Dar comes back to the village to find everyone in it dead, as he is looking around, in the background, the supposedly dead dog can be seen breathing.
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Both ferrets are male, yet one gives birth to kits at the end.
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Dar: I've never seen a... pilgrim... who could use a staff the way you did.
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Dar: I'm Dar.
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Young Dar's Father: Dar... the gods have put that mark on you, and someday, you'll find out why. 'Til then, this mark will be your guide. My sword and my caber will be your trusted companions. Protect Emur, your home. And if anything should happen to me, look for our enemies, the Juns... and you may search for your destiny in the Valley of Aruk.
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What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut?
At first the movie was only released in a tightened version that doesn't really feel right at some points. Years later a Director's Cut was released. It is a lot more logical as it develops the characters a lot better. Right at the beginning a large part of the plot has been put back in place. It explains the details for the fight between king Zed and Maax as well as the reason why Dar can talk to animals (he was transferred to a cow's belly as an unborn). Additionally, some beautiful landscape views seen through the eagle's eyes now delight the viewer. In total more than 20 minutes were added to the Director's Cut. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.
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Photos from cast
Janet DeMay Janet Jones Joshua Milrad