The Flame and the Arrow
The Flame and the Arrow (1950)

The first of actor Burt Lancaster's filmic associations with partner Harold Hecht, The Flame and the Arrow finds Lancaster cast as Dardo, an Italian Robin Hood battling the occupying Hessian troops. Dardo's stake in the matter… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 9, 1950
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Tourneur, working with a script by Waldo Salt, turns the medieval action-adventure tale into a symbol of the French Resistance in the Second World War and locates its roots in class warfare.

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Steve Crum

Early Lancaster in Errol Flynn-type Robin Hood role; great acrobatics, comedy, action.

Emanuel Levy

Directed by Jacques Tourneur, this entertaining Burt Lancaster's Errol Flynn-like swashbuckling adventure was desrervedly nominated for some technical Oscars.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Fun swashbuckler with inventive touches.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...the actor's first big adventure frolic, and it comes off rather well. (Burt Lancaster Signature Collection)

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Has Burt as acrobatic as you'll ever see him.

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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Lancaster swashbuckles with irresistible energy ...

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