STORIE DI MAGHI E DI GUERRIERI
(Wizards and Warriors)
1983, regia di James Frawley e altri
Scheda: Nazione: USA - Produzione: CBS Broadcasting Inc. - Distribuzione: CBS Broadcasting Inc. - Soggetto: Don Reo - Sceneggiatura: Don Reo, Bill Richmond - Fotografia: Richard C. Glouner - Scenografia: Peter Wooley - Costumi: Theadora Van Runkle - Musiche: Alf Clausen, Lee Holdridge - Effetti speciali: Makeup Effects Laboratories - Formato: Color, serie tv - Durata: 60' ognuno degli 8 episodi.
Cast: Ian Wolfe, Jeff Conaway, Walter Olkewicz, Duncan Regehr, Julia Duffy, Clive Revill, Thomas Hill, George Marshall Ruge, Randi Brooks, Phyllis Katz, Lonnie Wun.
Trama e commenti: fantasymagazine.it - mymovies.it: «Ironica serie fantastica ambientata a Camarand, un regno medioevale dove convivono: l’ardito principe Erik Greystone (Jeff Conaway), il re Baaldorf (Thomas Hill) e la regina Lattinia (Julia Payne), il servitore forzuto Marko (Walter Olkewicz), il crudele principe Dirk Blackpool (Duncan Regehr), la sciocca principessa Ariel (Julia Duffy), il mago Vector (Clive Revill) e la strega Bethel (Randi Brooks). La serie prodotta da Don Reo e Judith D. Allison si avvale delle musiche di Lee Holdridge e di effetti speciali “fuori dal tempo”. Bill Bixby, l’ex interprete de L’incredibile Hulk (1978), è tra i registi di passaggio».
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - en.wikipedia.org - hollywoodreporter.com - tvguide.com - variety.com - retroist.com: «Before Xena and Hercules filled mid-90s television with humorous Sword and Sorcery, there was a TV show called Wizards and Warriors. Are you asking yourself, “Why have I never heard of this show?” Well that’s because it had a very short life. It premiered and was canceled in 1983 and although it developed a fanbase, it was never large enough to save the show. The show was created by Dan Reo of Blossom fame for Warner Bros. and it had its full 8 1-hour episode run on CBS. Most of the 8 episodes were directed by Bill Bixby who, as always, did a great job. Now I bet your next question is who was cast as the lead of this show? Your thinking a body builder? Perhaps a Schwarzenegger or maybe even Marc Singer type ass-kicker? Not even close. Try Jeff Conaway of Grease, Taxi and Celebrity Rehab fame. He was joined by Walter Olkewicz, Duncan Regehr, Clive Revill and the surprisingly well cast Julia Duffy. It's hard to explain the show if you have never seen it, but I will give it a shot. Conaway plays Erik Greystone who is engaged to princess Ariel. She is the daughter of the King Baaldorf and Queen Lattinia who rules the virtuous land of Southern Aperand. Erik and his pal, Marko, who is the strongest man in the kingdom are constantly foiling the plans of the neighbouring kingdom’s Prince Dirk Blackpool and his wizard adviser Vector. Also from time to time Erik’s brother fun-loving/cowardly brother Justin shows up to screw things up. When you ask people who have seen this show what they thought of it, you will get mixed reactions. The show IS silly. Sometimes people seem to slip out of character and the lacks of a consistent accent in this fantasy work is distracting. That being said. The show has moments of sophistication and quiet jokes that you really need to watch to appreciate. For example in the first episode there is a great bottomless pit joke. It involves a tough castle guardian being thrown down said bottomless pit and we only hear the audio as he continues to plummet for what sounds like more than a minute. A few moments later we hear the guardian’s grunts. How did he live? The special FX are passable for an 80s show. Laughably, they use stock footage from the film Excalibur for battle scenes and the sword work is a step or two up up from basic stage fighting. The show was raw, but it showed potential. It really is a shame they didn’t give it a chance, Wizards and Warriors really could have been an earlier version of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys».
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Serie tv conosciuta anche con il titolo: Greystone's Odyssey.
scheda a cura di Lorenza Cervellera