Hearts and Armour (1983)

Genres - Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Fantasy Adventure, Period Film, Romantic Adventure  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

Set in an early medieval period, this swashbuckling costume drama pits Christian knights against infidels in an imaginary holy war, and what is more astounding and a tribute to the Italian love of amore, is that the commanders from each side fall in love with "enemy" women and decide to call it a day, pack in their arms, and go off to do better things. Ruggero (Ronn Moss) leads the infidels in some of the best-looking armor this side of Armani, and Rolando (Rick Edwards) is at the forefront of the Christian knights. One of the knights is a misnomer -- he is actually a she, Bradamante (Barbara De Rossi), and when she sees the well-clad Ruggero, she agrees to hand over his sister Isabella (Tanya Roberts) just to get in his good graces. These four protagonists go through a series of adventures and misadventures in a gorgeous setting of Byzantine castles, mountain canyons, and dark forests, all complemented by aesthetic, inventive sets and creative costuming.




battle [war], knight, love-triangle, prince, spell [magic], star-crossed-lovers, crusade, desert, enemy, fantasy, kidnapping, love, Moor, princess, warrior