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)
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
(as Josh Milrad)
Young Dar's Father
(as Billy Jacoby)
Release Date: 20 August 1982
Filming Locations: Lake Pyramid, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $2,955,641
(22 August 1982)
(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".
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.
If you want action, excitement, and tons of fun; look no further!
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.