Taglines: A woman and a warrior that became a legend.
The tyrant Gedren seeks the total power in a world of barbarism. She attacks and kills the keepers of a powerful talisman just before it is destroyed. Gedren then uses the power of the talisman in her raid of the city Hablac. Red Sonja, sister of the keeper, sets out with her magic sword to overthrow Gedren. The talisman’s master Kalidor follows to protect her. Of course they fall in love – however Red Sonja’s power bases on the oath to never give herself to any man.
Red Sonja is a 1985 Dutch-American sword and sorcery action film directed by Richard Fleischer. The film introduces Brigitte Nielsen as the title character with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandahl Bergman, Ronald Lacey, Ernie Reyes, Jr., Paul L. Smith and Pat Roach in supporting roles.
The film features the sword-wielding Marvel Comics character Red Sonja, created by Roy Thomas, who first appeared in Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian series (#23) in 1973. The film’s character of Red Sonja was based on Red Sonya of Rogatino, a character created by Robert E. Howard appearing in his short story “The Shadow of the Vulture” (1934). The film acknowledges that it was “based on the character created by Robert E. Howard” in the introductory credits.
As in Howard’s stories of Conan, the film takes place in the Hyborian Age, a fictional prehistoric time that had been depicted previously in the films Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer. The film was shot in Italy, on location in Celano and the rest of the Abruzzo region, and in the Stabilimenti Cinematografici Pontini studios near Rome.
Red Sonja (1985)
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Starring: Brigitte Nielsen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandahl Bergman, Paul L. Smith, Ronald Lacey, Pat Roach, Janet Agren, Donna Osterbuhr
Screenplay by: Clive Exton
Cinematography by: Giuseppe Rotunno
Film Editing by: Frank J. Urioste
Costume Design by: Danilo Donati
Art Direction by: Gianni Giovagnoni
Music by: Ennio Morricone
Distributed by: Metro Goldwyn Mayer, United Artists
Release Date: July 3, 1985