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Black Arrow (1985)

In 15th century England, a civil war called Wars of the Roses is being fought between two rival houses who want the throne. Fresh from battle, a knight finds his family dead. He joins the outlaws led by the Black Arrow to seek justice.

Director:

John Hough

Writers:

Robert Louis Stevenson (novel), David Pursall (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Benedict Taylor ... Richard
Georgia Slowe ... Joanna
Oliver Reed ... Sir Daniel
Fernando Rey ... Warwick
Stephan Chase ... Black Arrow
Donald Pleasence ... Sir Oliver Oates
Roy Boyd Roy Boyd ... Lawless
Aldo Sambrell ... Scar (as Adolf Sambrell)
Carol Gotell Carol Gotell ... Hannah
Robert Russell ... Appleyard
Frank Braña ... Sykes
Ralph Brown ... Yardley
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Storyline

In England, during the 15th century, many lords and noblemen vie for the throne. Among the contenders, two of the most powerful nobles fight a bitter war among one another. Sir Daniel is the head of the House of York, while Sir Henry is the head of the House of Lancaster. Among all the English nobles,they stand the best chance of becoming the next king of England, given their wealth and power, but there can only be one monarch. The two Houses go to war. Each House chooses a symbol - the House of York chooses the white rose while the House of Lancaster chooses the red rose. The Earl of Warwick is the sitting monarch's advisor but he has already started to plot against the king in a secret alliance with Sir Daniel. The only party not having anything to gain from either House acceding to the throne is the English populace facing ever increasing royal taxes. However, a mysterious champion of the poor and the oppressed has appeared on the scene, attacking and killing any tax collecting ... Written by nufs68

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Genres:

Adventure | History

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Country:

USA | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Arrow - Krieg der Rosen See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The only time Disney released a movie by exploitation producer Harry Alan Towers. See more »

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Version of The Black Arrow (1972) See more »

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Historical drama with a lot of action, set during the War of the Roses
10 January 2006 | by maljwSee all my reviews

Set during the War of the Roses, the Black Arrow is a Robin Hood like figure, with a loyal following, who is waging a guerrilla war against Sir Daniel. Oliver Reed fairly makes the movie with his portrayal of Sir Daniel. Donald Pleasence gives a great performance also, as his weaselly accomplice, Oates. Sir Daniel successfully gains guardianship of the Black Arrow's daughter, the Lady Joanna, and schemes to also get control of the extensive land holdings she is heir to. She is headstrong and resourceful, if politically naive, with no intention of submitting to Sir Daniel. The Earl of Warwick, played by Fernando Rey, has a classic line near the movie's climax: "Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done." Definitely worth seeing, full of action, drama, and great acting. Disney should re-release it in DVD.


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