Lord Grade’s ITC gave director Terry Marcel a modest budget of less than a million pounds to throw his hat into the rampant sword-and-sorcery genre of the early 1980s.
Marcel engaged a young square-jawed American unknown called John Terry to play the hero, Hawk, and the ferocious Jack Palance as Hawk’s wicked warlord brother Voltan and then spent six weeks lugging a small team of actors and film technicians back and forth between the black lakes and knotty woodlands of old England and a fake forest at Pinewood Studios.
Hawk is given ‘the magic mind sword’ by his dying father (Ferdy Mayne) with the words “the ancient power must never fall into the hands of the devil’s agents”. He then gathers an intrepid band of helpers and sets off in pursuit of his evil brother.
Gort the Giant
Crow the Elf
Baldin the Dwarf
William Morgan Sheppard
Father of Hawk and Voltan