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The Hexer

The most successful Polish pic of the year, hustling 640,000 admissions, "The Hexer" is a semi-jokey, sword-and-sorcery yarn with enough dragons, monsters and swordplay to entertain tykes but not much for anyone over 12.

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With: Michal Zebrowski, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Maciej Kozlowski, Grazyna Wolszczak, Ewa Wisniewska, Anna Dymna, Andrzej Chyra, Marek Walczewski, Agata Buzek.

The most successful Polish pic of the year, hustling 640,000 admissions, “The Hexer” is a semi-jokey, sword-and-sorcery yarn with enough dragons, monsters and swordplay to entertain tykes but not much for anyone over 12. Strong cast, led by Michal Zebrowski as the title warlock and vet Zbigniew Zamachowski as an insouciant bard, lend stature, but the script is far too episodic. Pic looks like what it is: an edited version of a TV series.

Christopher Lambert lookalike Zebrowski plays the conflicted Geralt, a “hexer” who kills monsters that threaten humans. After becoming chief warrior of Cintra, he fights off an evil suitor who’s after the queen’s feisty daughter (Agata Buzek). He bumps into a former g.f., sorceress Yennefer (Grazyna Wolszczak), on his way to killing a cheesy CG dragon; is wounded by another monster and nursed back to health by Ciri (Ewa Wisniewska) in an all-femme sect and finally has to rescue her from the bad guys who overthrew Cintra. Zebrowski handles himself well in the sword fights but, at well over two hours, the movie isn’t as enjoyable as it sounds.

The Hexer

Poland

Production: A Heritage Films, Telewizja Polska, Vision Film Prod. production. (International sales: Vision, Warsaw.) Produced by Lew Rywin, Pawel Poppe. Directed by Marek Brodzki. Screenplay, Michal Szczerbic, from stories by Andrzej Sapkowski.

Crew: Camera (color), Bogdan Stachurski; editor, Wanda Zeman; music, Gzegorz Ciechowski; art directors, Ewa Przybyl, Andrzej Przybyl; costume designer, Malgorzata Stefaniak. Reviewed at Cottbus Film Festival, Germany, Nov. 2, 2002. Running time: 129 MIN.

With: With: Michal Zebrowski, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Maciej Kozlowski, Grazyna Wolszczak, Ewa Wisniewska, Anna Dymna, Andrzej Chyra, Marek Walczewski, Agata Buzek.

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