In a future, where most of mankind and technology is wiped out, 6 people travel from place to place playing a brutal form of football with a dog skull. They hope one day to play in the league in a city.
The thief Gaston escapes dungeon of medieval Aquila thru the latrine. Soldiers are about to kill him when Navarre saves him. Navarre, traveling with his spirited hawk, plans to kill the bishop of Aquila with help from Gaston.
A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.Written by
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Following the death of Rutger Hauer in 2019, Paul Verhoeven said that he regretted letting Hauer do this movie. Hauer had already signed up before his international career took off, and he was quickly becoming an established name with movies like Nighthawks (1981), Blade Runner (1982) and The Osterman Weekend (1983). Hauer wanted out because playing a thieving, murdering and raping scoundrel in this movie could be damaging to his career, but Verhoeven wouldn't release him from the project. It was the source of much friction between both men during filming, and afterwards when Hauer, much to Verhoeven's dismay, started to criticize his style of directing and the unreleased film. Verhoeven also admitted that he "wasn't very open-minded at the time", and that he and Hauer had made their peace over time. See more »
At the end of the film, a flaming ceiling beam falls and bounces in a way that belies its ostensible weight. See more »
From now on, we'll eat like this. And whoever can't, best stay the stupid asshole he always was.
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All the deleted scenes from the R-rated video version have been included on the 2004 DVD release. See more »
I decided to watch this film after a very heavy three day drinking session and to be honest was not expecting a great deal. However, at the end I deemed it to be the best two hours of my life. What a film!
The Cardinal (Ronald Lacey) was by far the most outrageous and stand out performance. I may be a bit biased from England but over the top acting from Lacey seems to be his forte and he certainly does not disappoint. Rutger puts in a typically strong performance as does Jason-Leigh and the supporting cast.
My favourite scene had to be Soldier Martin standing in front of the upturned carriage with the wheel representing the halo from the statue of Saint Martin. For me this was the icing on the cake.
The only question mark about this film is the contraption that Steven constructs to storm the castle. It definitely is a work of art and for those times would be considered quite an Engineering achievement. Not to mention the time in which it is built in such an effortless manner. However, PV seems to make this fit with the spirit of the film and after a few chuckles it is all forgiven.
Its certainly a film that will not stand up today with modern attitudes and morals but I fully recommend this film. Add it to your collection NOW!
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