LA LEGGENDA DELL'ARCIERE DI FUOCO
(The Flame and the Arrow)
1950, regia di Jacques Tourneur
Scheda: Nazione: USA - Produzione: Warner Bros. - Distribuzione: Warner Bros. - Soggetto: Waldo Salt - Sceneggiatura: Waldo Salt - Fotografia: Ernest Haller - Montaggio: Alan Crosland jr. - Scenografia: Lyle Reifsnider - Costumi: Marjorie Best - Musiche: Max Steiner - Formato: Technicolor - Durata: 88'.
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Robert Douglas, Aline MacMahon, Frank Allenby, Nick Cravat, Lynn Baggett, Gordon Gebert, Norman Lloyd, Victor Kilian, Francis Pierlot, Robin Hughes.
«Ulrich, conte di Hess e luogotenente di Federico Barbarossa, è il governatore della Lombardia. Dardo, un valoroso cacciatore, tradito dalla moglie che si è concessa al conte, capeggia la rivolta dei contadini contro l’invasore tedesco. Dopo una serie di tradimenti e un cruento scontro finale, Dardo tenta di riconquistare la libertà per il suo popolo» (Vito Attolini).
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Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - entertainment.msn.com - rinkworks.com - tvguide.com: «This was the first of the two costume swashbucklers Lancaster starred in for the production company he formed with Harold Hecht. Lancaster is a mountain man in medieval Lombardy whose wife has left him and their son to become the mistress of Allenby, commander of the Hessian mercenaries who occupy the region. When she decides she wants her son back, Allenby sends soldiers to kidnap the boy. Lancaster is wounded fighting them, but when he recovers he kidnaps Allenby's niece, Mayo, who falls in love with her captor. Allenby announces that he will hang a number of hostages if Lancaster does not surrender and return Mayo, so Lancaster does so and is imprisoned under sentence of death. Some of his friends manage to slip him into a special harness that allows him to fake his hanging, however, and, after duping the guards, Lancaster is smuggled to safety. Later, he and his cohorts return disguised as a troop of acrobats, and, after doing a marvelous tumbling show, attack the guards and capture the castle. One of Lancaster's most enjoyable vehicles, The Flame and the Arrow finally established him as a leading man and not just another film noir tough guy. Lancaster did all his own stunts (apart from a few fight scenes in which he was doubled by Don Turner), many of them alongside Cravat, Lancaster's partner in a circus acrobatic act in the late 1930s, who plays his mute sidekick here. To publicize the film they went on tour, performing some of the acrobatics they do on screen...».
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