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The Flame and the Arrow (1950)



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"A man who knows what he's dying for only seems to die."

Burt Lancaster got his start as an acrobat, which enabled him to do his own stunts, impressive ones at that, in swashbucklers such as The Flame and the Arrow. Nick Cravat also appears, who was his partner in his acrobat days. The film takes place in medieval times. Dardo's (Burt Lancaster) wife left him for a greedy, domineering member of the nobility and now wants to have their son. Lancaster, a free spirit of sorts, leads the peasants in a revolt. It's supreme entertainment, light, funny, and action-packed. What sets it apart from its peers is the witty script and imaginative situations the characters find themselves in.