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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Ultimate Warrior (1975)

Set in New York City in the year 2012 after a plague has wiped out most of the populace, the leader of a small band of survivors known as The Baron (Max Von Sydow) recruits a "warrior" (Yul Brynner) to protect them but his real motivation is to have the warrior take his pregnant daughter (Joanna Miles), along with some plant seeds that are immune to the plague virus, out of the city and to an island off the coast of North Carolina for a better life. Written and directed by Robert Clouse, this film comes only four years after the similarly themed but far superior THE OMEGA MAN which was also released by the same studio, Warners. It's a rather unpleasant tale with a lot of people behaving stupidly. Whether their stupid behavior is a result of the plague is never made clear but it's difficult to have much empathy for their unpleasant fates when they brought it on themselves. The cheesy 70s score is courtesy of Gil Melle (THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN). With the "B" movie cult actor William Smith as the leader of the roving band of marauders that threaten Von Sydow's dwindling community.

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