Best Hollywood Fencing Bout

Best Hollywood Fencing Bout

Post by obrie.. » Sat, 03 Apr 1993 21:26:31


     Okay - no doubt this has been done to death (arf arf - a pun, I do
declare) already. Scaramouche of course had some amazing fencing in it
(in fact our coach made us watch in on the bus to a tournament one year)
and I've always liked the fight between the Wesley and Inigo Montoya
in The Princess Bride. But there can be no doubt that the bout between
Steve Martin (wielding a tennis racket) and his two ski-pole toting
assailants in "Roxanne" was easily the finest example of modern day
sport fencing I have ever seen on a movie screen.

                                Jeff

 
 
 

Best Hollywood Fencing Bout

Post by the quantum du » Mon, 05 Apr 1993 03:40:18

  Just one more opinion on this matter.

  I had the opportunity to watch _The Three Musketeers_ the other day, and
was very impressed by the fencing scenes.  Actually, I do not know which I
was impressed by more, the gymnastics that occured during the fights, or the
fights themselves.  It is a tossup.
  Glenn Waddell Jr.

 
 
 

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Post by Jim Thom » Wed, 07 Apr 1993 02:32:00


Quote:
>   Just one more opinion on this matter.

>   I had the opportunity to watch _The Three Musketeers_ the other day, and
> was very impressed by the fencing scenes.  Actually, I do not know which I
> was impressed by more, the gymnastics that occured during the fights, or the
> fights themselves.  It is a tossup.
>   Glenn Waddell Jr.

Which version of the movie? How long ago and who were the star

 
 
 

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Post by MICHAEL BRIAN KOLODN » Wed, 07 Apr 1993 06:27:25

I just recently saw Roxanne (I have Princess Bride memorized) and I'd have to
say that the two are entirely different categories.  They are both wonderful
to watch, especially as a fencer,  but there s just no way to compare them.
Ya' gotta just love 'em both!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike

 
 
 

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Post by Carlos A. Fuentes J » Thu, 08 Apr 1993 02:29:32

Quote:

>and I've always liked the fight between the Wesley and Inigo Montoya
>in The Princess Bride. But there can be no doubt that the bout between
>Steve Martin (wielding a tennis racket) and his two ski-pole toting
>assailants in "Roxanne" was easily the finest example of modern day
>sport fencing I have ever seen on a movie screen.

>                                Jeff

What about the classic ski-pole to ski-pole confrontaion
between Lane and Ricky in "Better Off Dead"? :)

-Carlos

 
 
 

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Post by Simon Roon » Thu, 08 Apr 1993 06:08:04

Quote:
>   Just one more opinion on this matter.

>   I had the opportunity to watch _The Three Musketeers_ the other day, and
> was very impressed by the fencing scenes.  Actually, I do not know which I
> was impressed by more, the gymnastics that occured during the fights, or the
> fights themselves.  It is a tossup.
>   Glenn Waddell Jr.

Oh, no. One film no-one I know has seem is Scaramouche... THE best
fencing (unless you're looking for realism... The Duelists has to
win)

<smsop

 
 
 

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Post by Greg Bo » Thu, 08 Apr 1993 07:25:15



Quote:
>>   I had the opportunity to watch _The Three Musketeers_ the other day, and
>> was very impressed by the fencing scenes.  Actually, I do not know which I
>> was impressed by more, the gymnastics that occured during the fights, or the
>> fights themselves.  It is a tossup.
>>   Glenn Waddell Jr.

> Which version of the movie? How long ago and who were the star

Director: Richard Lester
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Three Musketeers, The (1974)
Four Musketeers, The
Robin and Marian
Royal Flash

Some of the most realistic looking sword fighting ever filmed.

Other personal favortites include:

The Adventures of Robin Hood
Captain ***
The Sea Hawk
Adventures of Don Juan
Cyrano de Bergerac
The Duelists
Hamlet
Henry V
Ivanhoe
Mountains of the Moon
Princess Bride, The
Robin Hood (with Patrick Bergin)
Scaramouche


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I'll organize a revolt, exact a death for a death, and I'll never rest until
every Saxon in this shire can stand up free men and strike a blow for Richard
and England...From this night on I'll use every means in my power to fight you!
     Errol Flynn to Claude Rains in  _The Adventures of Robin Hood_

 
 
 

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Post by Scaramouc » Thu, 08 Apr 1993 23:37:00


Quote:
> >   Just one more opinion on this matter.

> >   I had the opportunity to watch _The Three Musketeers_ the other day, and
> > was very impressed by the fencing scenes.  Actually, I do not know which I
> > was impressed by more, the gymnastics that occured during the fights, or the
> > fights themselves.  It is a tossup.
> >   Glenn Waddell Jr.

> Oh, no. One film no-one I know has seem is Scaramouche... THE best
> fencing (unless you're looking for realism... The Duelists has to
> win)

> <smsop

I beg to differ. :) I HAVE seen AND read Scaramouche. Hence the nickname.
 
 
 

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Post by kenneth r lip » Thu, 08 Apr 1993 22:55:45

Quote:

> Oh, no. One film no-one I know has seem is Scaramouche... THE best
> fencing (unless you're looking for realism... The Duelists has to
> win)

>    I will have to disagree with you on that one.  My roommate made me

watch it once a couple of years back.  And now we watch the thing about once a
month.  So I am quite familiar with Andre Moreau (still can't spell though).

   ________)
  (    /
    __/_)     Ken Lipka

 (__/    

 
 
 

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Post by Michael Chan » Fri, 09 Apr 1993 01:27:24

Quote:

>Three Musketeers, The (1974)
>Four Musketeers, The
>Robin and Marian
>Royal Flash
>Some of the most realistic looking sword fighting ever filmed.

I'd add "Ladyhawke" (best hand-and-a-half fight sequences), and second
the nomination of Robin and Marian (for best greatsword fight).  Too
bad Sean Connery ended up with all those stitches from the shot at
the end, though.

--
Michael A. Chance          St. Louis, Missouri, USA    "At play in the fields



 
 
 

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Post by obrie.. » Thu, 08 Apr 1993 21:17:27


Quote:

>>and I've always liked the fight between the Wesley and Inigo Montoya
>>in The Princess Bride. But there can be no doubt that the bout between
>>Steve Martin (wielding a tennis racket) and his two ski-pole toting
>>assailants in "Roxanne" was easily the finest example of modern day
>>sport fencing I have ever seen on a movie screen.

>>                                Jeff

>What about the classic ski-pole to ski-pole confrontaion
>between Lane and Ricky in "Better Off Dead"? :)

>-Carlos

Ahhhhh! How could I forget. A classic example of the genre.
Magnifique!

                        Jeff

 
 
 

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Post by Dreami » Fri, 09 Apr 1993 00:49:46


[much deleted]
   Other personal favortites include:   [...]

   Captain ***
--endquote--

Oho!  So someone else has seen this film!  My fiancee and I caught it
on late some night -- very silly, but fun.  We were joking that they
should make a musical remake of it -- called "***!", naturally :-).

Scaramouche does have the most intricate fencing I've ever seen on
film (I watched it on laserdisc at the library and went over the main
duel scene several times).
--

       there's a little bit of me in each electron on your phosphor

 
 
 

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Post by Greg Bo » Fri, 09 Apr 1993 03:43:24


(Simon Rooney)" says:

Quote:
>> Oh, no. One film no-one I know has seem is Scaramouche... THE best fencing
> I beg to differ. :) I HAVE seen AND read Scaramouche. Hence the nickname.

I'll go one better!  I have PLAYED Scaramouche on stage!!!  It was an
Italian "Comedia Del Arte" production, and I jumped at the chance to play
a swashbuckler.  They even let me wear a foil.


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
I'll organize a revolt, exact a death for a death, and I'll never rest until
every Saxon in this shire can stand up free men and strike a blow for Richard
and England...From this night on I'll use every means in my power to fight you!
     Errol Flynn to Claude Rains in  _The Adventures of Robin Hood_

 
 
 

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Post by Captain Duns » Sat, 10 Apr 1993 00:36:00


Quote:



> (Simon Rooney)" says:

> >> Oh, no. One film no-one I know has seem is Scaramouche... THE best fencing

> > I beg to differ. :) I HAVE seen AND read Scaramouche. Hence the nickname.

> I'll go one better!  I have PLAYED Scaramouche on stage!!!  It was an
> Italian "Comedia Del Arte" production, and I jumped at the chance to play
> a swashbuckler.  They even let me wear a foil.


> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> I'll organize a revolt, exact a death for a death, and I'll never rest until
> every Saxon in this shire can stand up free men and strike a blow for Richard
> and England...From this night on I'll use every means in my power to fight you!
>      Errol Flynn to Claude Rains in  _The Adventures of Robin Hood_

Ouch, I concede. *sigh* That does sound like a lot of fun
 
 
 

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Post by <JW83H.. » Fri, 09 Apr 1993 22:03:46

  I've got to vote for the convent battle scene from the '74 *Three
Musketeers*, the often named scene in *The Princess Bride* - very
good footwork on both Patinkin and Elwes' parts, I thought.I would
also add the lightsaber battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader
in *The Empire Strikes Back*, since both Mark Hamil and David Prowse
trained in kendo for that movie.

  Now, a question:  Is the '74 *Three Musketeers out on tape?  If so,
where can I order a copy?  I've never been able to find it in any of
the local video stores.  It's one of my favorite movies, and I really
want to own a copy.  Please e-mail me if you have any information.
Thanks in advance!

Jim Wesson

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