The Warriors

  • 1955
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Historical

Flynn's final swashbuckler is a rousing costumer shot in Hertfordshire, England, which doubles as 14th-century France. Hordern is Edward III, whose men have defeated the French in the Hundred Years' War. Hordern comes back to England and allows his son, Flynn, to stay on the continent and keep watch over the Empire's new acquisitions in Aquitaine. The French...read more

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Flynn's final swashbuckler is a rousing costumer shot in Hertfordshire, England, which doubles as 14th-century France. Hordern is Edward III, whose men have defeated the French in the Hundred Years' War. Hordern comes back to England and allows his son, Flynn, to stay on the continent and

keep watch over the Empire's new acquisitions in Aquitaine. The French king is a captive, but his countrymen still don't accept the defeat and have decided to begin a counterattack. Since Hordern returned to England with a great many troops, there is but a skeleton crew in France and the rebels

know it. Further, French leader Finch has taken Dru, a British noblewoman, as a hostage. Finch is no great patriot, though, and he wants to take back Aquitaine for selfish reasons. He's a count with a mean disposition and cunning ways. He takes Dru to a castle, where she will be kept until the war

is finally over, thinking his plot will cause Flynn to walk right into a trap with his men. Flynn, however, has other ideas. He masquerades as an itinerant knight, joins Finch's army, and gathers information as to the weaknesses of Finch's forces. In the exciting final sequence, Flynn leads his

men in a defense of Hordern's castle. (This was the same castle used in IVANHOE--also shot at the Elstree studio in England.) Dru is rescued and Flynn, once again, is at the forefront of a revision of history. The picture looks totally authentic; the dialog is sparse when it should be and never

becomes overblown. It's a good example of the genre, although Flynn, at age 46, was becoming a bit wrinkled and grizzled for this type of role. Yvonne Furneaux sings "Bella Marie," and while it's a pleasant air, it has nothing to do with the picture and seems to have been shoehorned in.

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