The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
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as Dardo Bartoli
as Anne de Hesse
as Marchese Alessandro de Granazia
as Nonna Bartoli
as Rudi Bartoli
as Papa Pietro
Critic Reviews for The Flame and the Arrow
Tourneur, working with a script by Waldo Salt, turns the medieval action-adventure tale into a symbol of the French Resistance in the Second World War and locates its roots in class warfare.
Early Lancaster in Errol Flynn-type Robin Hood role; great acrobatics, comedy, action.
...the actor's first big adventure frolic, and it comes off rather well. (Burt Lancaster Signature Collection)
Lancaster swashbuckles with irresistible energy ...
Audience Reviews for The Flame and the Arrow
Don't try curing me. I'm un-curable. A town is about to be invaded by German Hessian troops. A man leads a group of mountain villagers in guerilla warfare in hopes of protecting the town and saving the villagers. Meanwhile, the son of a man who refuses to help the guerilla warfare joins the fray, changing the thought-process of the family. "Never trust a mountain cat when she stops snarling and never trust a woman when your back is turned." Jacques Tourneur, director of Aftermath, Fury River, Frontier Rangers, Nightfall, Wichita, Great Day in the Morning, Days of Glory, and Canyon Passage, delivers The Flame and the Arrow. The storyline for this picture is straightforward but contains some interesting characters and witty dialogue. The acting is excellent and the cast includes Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Nick Cavat, and Norman Floyd. "A man who knows what he's dying for... only seems to die." I came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to DVR this unique plot for a Lancaster picture. This was above average and worth viewing as a fan of classic genre films, but was a bit cliché and a step down from the all time classics. I recommend seeing this once. "The next time I'll take you over my knee and spank you." Grade: B-
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