The Beastmaster

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)

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


Tanya Roberts


Rip Torn


John Amos


Joshua Milrad


(as Josh Milrad)

Rod Loomis

King Zed

Ben Hammer

Young Dar's Father

Ralph Strait


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


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

Gross: $14,056,528

Technical Specs


(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.


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.