Film / The Magic Sword
Sir George (Gary Lockwood, a.k.a. Frank Poole from 2001: A Space Odyssey
) is the foster son of Sybil (Estelle Winwood), an elderly witch. Not much is said about his background, other than that his parents are dead
and he is of Royal Blood
. He is secretly in love with Princess Helene (Anne Helm), who is kidnapped early in the film by the evil wizard Lodac
George wants to go on a quest to liberate his lady love, but Sybil believes he is too young. She comforts the youth by showing him a magic sword, a steed, a suit of armour, and a group of magically frozen knights — all his to command when he turns 21. But the impatient George tricks Sybil into a locked underground cellar and immediately takes off with his magical implements and the revived company of knights.Sir
George and his party then appear before the king, who looks like Grady from Sanford and Son
, and insist on journeying to Lodac's castle to rescue his daughter, even though this angers the knight who had previously been given the task. To save the princess Helene, George and his companions must go through Lodac's seven curses.
This film also had some of its footage reused in The Man Who Saves the World
Not to be confused with Quest for Camelot
, which was known as The Magic Sword
in some territories.
For the Mystery Science Theater 3000
episode see here
released their own version on August 14, 2015.
This movie has examples of:
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Back from the Dead: Sir George's band of knights somehow come back to life.
- Baleful Polymorph: Lodac turned the Hag into a spider.
- Big Bad: Lodac.
- Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Subverted; the French knight is probably the bravest out of the crew. Unfortunately, he dies by way of a different French stereotype: the horny Frenchman.
- Cool Horse: George's horse.
- Cool Sword: George's sword.
- Credits Gag: The person who worked the dragon puppet for the film is listed in the credits as a "dragon trainer."
- Damsel in Distress: Princess Helena.
- Death Is Cheap: The party of knights drop like flies throughout the film, then are resurrected at the end.
- Disposable Woman: The two princesses before Princess Helena.
- The Dragon: Classic Western style, fire breathing and all.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Princess Helene.
- Evil Sorcerer: Lodac
- Good Witch Versus Bad Witch
- Here There Were Dragons
- Hero Secret Service: The frozen knights are this for George.
- Heroic Fantasy
- Invincible Hero: George. His armor protects him from anything, his horse can run at super speed, and his enchanted sword can kill an ogre and a dragon in a single stab. In fact, it takes Sybil depowering him by accident to introduce anything resembling danger to the guy.
- Failure Hero: George after losing his magic, only surviving the fifth curse because of a Heroic Sacrifice, and only escaping his prison cell because the Little People rescue him.
- Jerkass: Sir Branton
- Knight in Shining Armor: George and his Knights.
- The Lost Woods
- Magic Mirror: Sybil's mirror.
- Crystal Ball: The magic pool George uses in his first appearance.
- Master of Illusion: Lodac
- Mauve Shirt: The team of knights.
- Multinational Team: George's band of knights. We have Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy represented. It is probably not coincidence that the seven knights are named for the patron saints of said nations.
- Named Weapons: The titular sword is named Ascalon.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Sybil mentions most of the items' magical powers, but a few just come out of nowhere, such as the sword being able to move on its own to rescue George, or the Hag-banishing shield.
- Obviously Evil: Lodac. Pitch black sorcerer robes? Check. Blood red turban? Check. Unbelievable sadism and zero empathy for others? Check!
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Sir Patrick.
- Parental Abandonment: George is an orphan of Royal Blood but movie doesn't explain more than that.
- Power Glows: George's sword glows when it does... whatever exactly it does.
- Power Perversion Potential: The pond George has been using to "watch" Princess Helene.
- The Quest
- Religion Is Magic: When he dies, Sir Patrick is able to save his George from the current curse through the power of his faith.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: After returning Lodac's ring, Sir Branton gets turned into a hunting trophy by Lodac.
- Ring of Power: Lodac's, which he lost. Branton found it, and it's how he's getting Lodac to help in the princess kidnapping gambit. In the end, Sybil gets it.
- Shirtless Scene: George when he's locked up in Lodac's dungeon.
- Skinny Dipping: Princess Helene is introduced swimming nude in a lake, while George watches using the magic pool.
- Stalking Is Love: George to Helena.
- Stop Trick
- Supervillain Lair
- Swamps Are Evil: They suck up your dudes and strip them to the bone.
- Too Dumb to Live: Sir Branton. He cannot be harmed by Lodac while wearing his Ring of Power. Instead of using this protection to finish off Lodac himself, he trades it for Princess Helene as per his agreement with Lodac, despite him questioning Lodac's own word and betraying his actual allies.
- While the ring does protect Branton by wearing it, Lodac states that he has no way of using the ring's full potential. It is possible therefore that if Branton simply tried to run Lodac through, he may have ended up as a wall mount anyway.
- This is especially bad since Branton had actually pointed out how stupid he would have to be to do this in an earlier scene.
- 24-Hour Armor
- Upgrade Artifacts: The titular "Magic Sword" and George's horse. As well as Lodac's ring, which turns him from one of the strongest wizards to THE strongest, and puts Sybil on his level when she gets it.
- The Vamp: The Hag, when she's putting on the Fanservice.
- Virgin Sacrifice: "My little pet will be hungry again in six days' time." (Dragon roars)
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Lodac and Sybil have the ability to change into birds, and Sybil can also change into a black panther. She uses that form to kill Lodac at the end of the film.
- We Are "Team Cannon Fodder": George's knights exist to get wiped out by the curses.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Ulrich and Pedro are the first of the knights to die.
- You Have No Chance to Survive: Lodac's final lines are spent monologing about how George and Helene are about to be destroyed by the seventh and final curse - Lodac, himself.