The Beastmaster

August 20th, 1982


The Beastmaster

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Still of Tanya Roberts, Marc Singer and John Amos in The BeastmasterStill of Marc Singer in The BeastmasterStill of Tanya Roberts and Marc Singer in The BeastmasterStill of John Amos in The BeastmasterStill of Tanya Roberts, Marc Singer and Rip Torn in The BeastmasterStill of Rip Torn in The Beastmaster

A sword-and-sorcery fantasy about a young man's search for revenge. Armed with supernatural powers, the handsome hero and his animal allies wage war against marauding forces.

Release Year: 1982

Rating: 5.8/10 (7,495 voted)

Director: Don Coscarelli

Stars: Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn

Dar, is the son of a king, who is hunted by a priest after his birth and grows up in another family. When he becomes a grown man his new father is murdered by savages and he discovers that he has the ability to communicate with the animals. After that, Dar begins his quest for revenge in this Conan-like movie.

Writers: Don Coscarelli, Paul Pepperman

Marc Singer - Dar
Tanya Roberts - Kiri
Rip Torn - Maax
John Amos - Seth
Joshua Milrad - Tal (as Josh Milrad)
Rod Loomis - King Zed
Ben Hammer - Young Dar's Father
Ralph Strait - Sacco
Billy Jayne - Young Dar (as Billy Jacoby)
Janet DeMay - Witchwoman #1
Christine Kellogg - Witchwoman #2
Janet Jones - Witchwoman #3
Tony Epper - Jun Leader
Vanna Bonta - Zed's Wife
Kim Tabet - Sacco's Daughter

Release Date: 20 August 1982

Filming Locations: Lake Pyramid, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,955,641 (USA) (22 August 1982)

Gross: $14,056,528 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Germany: (25 fps) (video version)

Did You Know?

Although the film fared only modestly at the box office, it steadily built a strong cult following over the years. It subsequently received significant local TV and cable airplay in the USA, notably HBO and TBS where it became a TV mainstay and viewer favorite. Its replay was so common that some dubbed TBS "The Beastmaster Station", and HBO as "Hey, Beastmaster is On".

Continuity: Kiri has been swimming and runs from the water when the ferrets steal her stuff. In the very next scene, as she's looking for the ferrets, she's completely dry.

Dar: I'm Dar.

User Review

If you want action, excitement, and tons of fun; look no further!

Rating: 10/10

Come on, its BEASTMASTER! How can you deny that this movie is one of the top movies in the eighties pantheon of excellent trash. I mean so much stuff happens in this movie and you are never left wondering what is going on. Every move is perfectly placed and paced. Marc Singer is perfectly cast as Dar. He has a legendary physique in this move, and some shots look like a Boris Vallejo painting. Tanya Roberts is perfect as his feminine foil. Jon Amos, bad ass. Rip Torn does a magnificent job as MAAX. The Deathguards, those guys running around like gorillas with spiked gloves, truly frightening. Then you have the tree people, the acid bat guys, come on what could be cooler. Though above all I have to give it up for the animals in this picture. The animals take the cake, the ferrets, the tiger, and falcon, are majestic creatures of beauty that often surpass the actors in finding moments of true beauty and comedy. Better than Conan, Beastmaster taps the main vein of the seventies fantasy feel in every way imaginable.


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