A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
In the end, the good guys fight against the bad and come out ahead. Some old-fashioned, but lighthearted messages about women. Some treachery and use of violence to solve problems.
Positive Role Models
The good knights always try to be valorous, no matter the difficulties in their adventures.
Violence & Scariness
Kitschy and outdated special effects lessen the scariness of the fight scenes. Some of the sudden transformations of beautiful women into hideous hags might be scary for younger viewers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief scenes of passionate kisses.
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Not much except "hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Magic Sword is a kitschy B-movie from 1962, a campy take on the knight's quest story that is more Bewitched and Munsters than King Arthur. The special effects are laughingly dated, taking the sting out of the several violent battle scenes. Some of the transformations of characters into hideous monsters might be scary for younger viewers, but as a whole, The Magic Sword is a lighthearted swords and sorcery story tweens might enjoy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
THE MAGIC SWORD has all the elements of the types of 1950s and '60s B-movie fare that once filled the double features of drive-ins across America. The humor is kitschy, the acting flirts heavily with parody, the special effects are laughable, and any moments of potential terror (damsels instantly changing into hags, for instance) are offset by the air of levity that fills the screen from beginning to end.
That being said, for the sake of pure entertainment, The Magic Sword is a whole lot of fun. In some ways, it's a send-up of the classic tale of the chivalrous knight questing to save a princess in distress. Ultimately, though, it's a silly slice of low-budget camp. Oh, and there's a monkey playing chess against Siamese twins joined together by the cheap black costume they share. What's not to like?
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