The Flame and the Arrow

Synopsis: Twelfth-century Lombardy lies under the iron heel of German overlord Count Ulrich 'The Hawk', but in the mountains, guerillas yet resist. Five years before our story, Ulrich stole away the pretty wife of young archer Dardo who, cynical rather than embittered, still has little interest in joining the rebels. But this changes when his son, too, is taken from him. The rest is lighthearted swashbuckling, plus romantic interludes with lovely hostage Anne.
Director(s): Jacques Tourneur
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

"Don't move until I come back."

A girl could starve

waiting for you to come back.

I'll see you tonight.

Tell Giulio we'll have a keg of wine,

a ham, chickens from the spit...

...another keg of wine

and six yards of bread.

-This fellow says he won't serve us.

-Oh, you won't?

Dardo, we're closed.

The Hawk is coming.

Dardo, the north bell is ringing

and the Hawk is already in the city.

Do you serve us wine

or do we take it...

-...and leave the money on your chest?


You come here. And you too, Pietro.

Pietro, your wife wants us.

Lucretia, get the food.

Clear the square.

Nonna Bartoli, what's the harm

in a little drink?

At your age, Pietro,

it only takes a little drink.

I might have known you would be here.

Why did you come?

To see your beautiful eyes.

I know you

since you were no bigger than Rudi.

I know that mouth. You've come

looking for trouble and I don't like it.

-Why did you have to bring the boy?

-To meet the Hawk.

For the boy's sake, let it be.

There's no reason he has to know.

-Would any of us tell?

-Not one.

Rudi's my son, Nonna.

We don't lie to each other.

What good can it do him

to know his mother?


Make way for Ulrich, count of Hesse.

Come. I want you to meet someone.

-Who is he?


My uncle's indiscretions

come back on him.

Rudi, I want you

to know your mother.

There she is.

I want you to look at her... you'll never feel

you missed anything.

Now you'll know what people

are talking about if they make remarks.

That's Count Ulrich, the Hawk, the man

she went away with five years ago.

So you see,

there's no real reason to hate her...

...just pity her for bad judgment.

As for him, I suppose you can pity a man

who has to buy a woman... keep from living with himself.

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Waldo Salt

Waldo Miller Salt was an American screenwriter who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses during the era of McCarthyism. He later won Academy Awards for Midnight Cowboy and Coming Home. more…

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