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Film: The Barbarians

A Golan-Globus produced fantasy film from 1987, starring Peter and David Paul (credited as The Barbarian Brothers).

In darker times of magic and barbarians, travelling tribe of entertainers known as the Ragnis are assaulted by the warlord Kadar, who seeks the claim the immensely powerful belly ruby from their leader Canary. When the tribe is eventually surrounded, one of the two twin orphans that were adopted by the tribe bite two of his fingers off. Enraged, he is about to kill them but Canary pleads for their lives, promising herself to him to ensure their safety, and he vows not to kill them. Kadar instead places the boys into slavery, with a dastardly plan in his mind. Years later, now grown into muscular barbarians, the twins manage to escape and set out for a journey to restore the Ragnis to their former glory.

This film has the examples of:

  • Bar Brawl: After beating the Arms Dealer Jacko in arm wrestling in the tavern, his men attack the twins and they must fight their way out.
  • Bash Brothers: Kutchek and Gore after they reunite.
  • Big Bad: The warlord Kadar.
  • Co-Dragons: Kadar's top henchmen are the sorceress China and Dirtmaster, the leader of The Pit.
  • Crystal Ball: Ibar is shown to have one in the opening, but he loses it when he uses it as a magical grenade against Kadar's men.
  • Eaten Alive: After China and Dirtmaster find the Ruby in the Forbidden Lands, they are eaten (offscreen) by the dragon that guards it.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: While infiltrating Kadar's compound, the twins are spotted by one of the guards, and start kissing each other until he turns away. Much spitting ensues afterwards.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Gore is the more meatheaded one of the twins, and his brother Kutchek, while not any brighter, tries to keep him in line.
  • Knife-Throwing Act: One of the Ragnis is shown practicing his during the tribe's travels when they are still entertainers.
  • MacGuffin: The belly ruby. How exactly it grants power (and what kind of power) to its holder isn't explained.
  • Made a Slave: After being captured by Kadar, the twins are forced to work in the mine known as The Pit. When not working, they are being whipped and harshly mistreated in the plan to get them kill each other.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Since he promised to Canary that he (or his subjects) wouldn't kill the twins to ensure her co-operation, Kadar devises a complex plan to end their lives that takes a decade to be fulfilled; the twins are separated, and each is told that his brother is dead. They are then conditioned to hate a certain helmet-wearing mook (different one for each brother), who abuses them daily until their adulthood. They are then placed in an arena, both wearing the helmet that the other's tormentor wore, where they are supposed to kill each other in rage. The plan fails when the twins' helmets break and they recognize each other, and the captive Canary in the audience.
  • Off with His Head!: When the man-beast finally makes its move against the heroes, he is quickly decapitated.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The swamp dragon is slimy and snakelike. At least it would be snakelike were the animatronic puppet more flexible (see Unfortunate Character Design on the YMMV page).
  • Protagonist Title: The Barbarian Brothers are... The Barbarians.
  • Robbing the Dead: The heroes rob equipment from a tomb that they come across during their trek through the Forbidden Lands.
  • The Starscream: China decides that Kadar has grown weak, and she, Dirtmaster and some mooks go to get the belly ruby for themselves after whipping the info of its location from Canary.
  • Swamps Are Evil: The belly ruby is hidden in the Forbidden Lands, a dark swamp filled with monsters.
  • Sword Fight: The twins finally meet each other as adult in a sword fight to the death in Kadar's caged arena.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Kadar is eventually killed when the twins throw their swords through him.
  • Virgin Power: Only a virgin female member of Ragnis can wear the belly ruby (it falls off otherwise), and subsequently be the Queen of the tribe.


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