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

We better start back

to the mountains.

One moment, please.

I'm surprised to find

you're still so foolhardy, Dardo.

I'm sure you're not so simple to think

I'd use the authority of the empire... answer an outraged husband.

You killed the falcon.

Perhaps you don't know

the noble sport of falconry... regulated and protected

by imperial law.

By mountain law, any hawk

is fair game for a hunter's arrow.

Yes, I am familiar

with that mountain law...

...and I know exactly what you mean.

However, I am...

...shall we say,

on the side of the hawk...

...and extremely jealous of the safety

of my birds.

Your hawks are safe... long as they don't hunt

in my part of the mountains.

And just which is your part

of the mountains?

My niece asks

a most pertinent question, Dardo.

-Whichever part I'm in, milady.

-That covers a great deal of territory.

-So do I.

-You there, Rudi.

-What am I going to do with your father?

-Nothing. You better not.

He makes it difficult to stay patient.

We can't have everyone deciding

the hawk is fair game, now, can we?

Do you think I should

make an example of Dardo?



Well, then, I think you can help.

I shall invite you

to live with your mother at the castle.

I'm sure she wants that.

And I believe it will guarantee

the safety of the hawks.

Take the boy.

Run, Rudi, run.

Dardo, wait for me.

Dardo. Dardo, wait.


-Who are you?

-Apothecary Manzoni...

...on an errand of mercy

with the Sister.

-He tried to get it out himself.

-Move him to the table.

Someone keep the coals pumped up.

I need hot iron to cauterize.




-What happened to the boy?

-Gave himself up to save your life.

Now lie down, Dardo.

Don't let him go.

He doesn't know what he's doing.

Anyone here gonna try and stop me?

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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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