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Musing over my misspent youth brings to mind a memory of a really bad sword and sorcery movie which I would love if the SF&F crew could identify for me. Things I remember:

  • I would have seen it around 1985, in the UK
  • Live action
  • Terrible production values
  • Hilariously cliched
  • Standard "find the artifact" plot line
  • Human warrior who has to put together a team of all the fantasy cliches, including:
  • Elf with super arrow speed
  • Dwarf
  • Big strong barbarian (unless that was the dwarf)
  • Magician who lived in a cave
  • Wise woman (or maybe it was her living in the cave)
  • The Elf's super-speed was done by just cutting back to an arrow loaded as soon as he had released it;
  • The magician had one of those pairs of rings set on a diagonal and spinning that look like the top one is rotating unsupported on the other (I said the production values were bad).
  • I think the word "Hunter" was either in the title or the name of the main character.
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Could this be Hawk the Slayer from 1981?

The plot summary includes:

Hawk locates his old friends: Gort, a giant who wields a war hammer; Crow, an elf who uses a bow; and Baldin, a dwarf skilled with a whip. The five warriors travel to at the convent and fight Voltan's men. It is not enough though and Voltan threatens to kill the Abbess. Voltan still demands the ransom. Hawk steals gold from a slave trader to pay the ransom.

You can see the elf doing the speed bow thing at ~1:00 in this clip.

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    It can't be Hawk because OP said it was terrible and this movie is eight shades of awesome
    – Valorum
    Jan 4, 2022 at 21:18
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    That is so definitely it. All the cliches I remember are right there in the trailer. (And it looks worse even than I remember.) I can't believe you got it in less than 20 minutes. (Sorry Valorum) Jan 4, 2022 at 21:20
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    I remembered what this was as soon as I read your description of the elf with the macinebow. I mean, how many epically bad sword swinger movies have one of those? Jan 4, 2022 at 21:25
  • I'm also astonished at the cast of excellent actors they assembled for this. Jan 4, 2022 at 21:28
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    @Valorum speaks truth, this can’t be terrible — it was a beloved movie growing up. Jan 4, 2022 at 21:47

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