By the Sword (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

By the Sword (1994)





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An aged fencing master can no longer bear the guilt of having accidentally killed an opponent during a long-ago match and so goes looking for the dead man's son to find redemption and peace. The son has grown up to run his own fencing school. Without identifying himself, the older man makes friends with the youth. This drama follows what happens when the young man learns the truth about the enigmatic fellow. A climactic duel ensues.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jon Robin Baitz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 27, 1994
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Eric Roberts
as Villard
Brett Cullen
as Danny Gallagher
Doug Wert
as Hobbs
Stephen Polk
as Williams
Peter Cohl
as Calder
Joseph Socolof
as Young Suba
John Sheehan
as Doorman
Nate McCoy
as Young Villard
Cathy Gallagher
as Mrs. Villard
Mark Ivie
as Mr. Villard
Jan Bryant
as Fencer
Mage White
as Fencer
John Sheehan
as Doorman
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Critic Reviews for By the Sword

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Time Out
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New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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August 10, 2005

Audience Reviews for By the Sword


Plenty of swordplay fails to sharpen this standard tale of revenge set in the professional world of sword fighting.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

A good film.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

By the sword is one of those movies you find yourself watching when you have a raw case of insomnia. Nevertheless, it was entertaining and Eric Roberts gives a suitable performance as the fencing instructor that values winning above all and should have been cast as the villain instructor in the original Karate Kid. F. Murray does a good job directing the actors and tells a far to familiar story of never judging a book by its cover in a fun and entertaining way.

Don Dahl

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