The original Beast
Master movie was released in 1982 and starred Marc
Singer as Dar, Tanya Roberts as the hot slave girl, Kiri.
Dar, who was "Born with the courage of an eagle, the
strength of a black tiger, and the power of a god," was
a prince who had been taken from his mother through the
evil hand of a sorcerer named Maax. Dar is saved
by a poor villager who raises Dar and teaches him how to
fight. In addition to his fighting skills, Dar has
the uncanny ability to telepathically speak with all
variety of animals.
After Dar's village is destroyed by a
horde of beast warriors under Maax's control, Dar vows
revenge. After teaming up with a tiger, an eagle,
and a couple of cute little ferrets, he sets out to seek
his revenge, meeting the slave-girl Kira along the way
as well as a half-bird, half-human race of creatures who
makes it to the city, where it is found out that his
father (the king), is being held in the central pyramid
while Maax controls all aspects of the city (including
human sacrifice). After teaming up with his
brother, Dar rescues Kira and the king. The king
rejects Dar and subsequently orders a failed siege
against Maax. Maax kills the king, captures Kira
(again) and then ultimately dies when the ferrets attack
him and he falls from a tall precipice. The movie
ends after the beat warriors that destroyed Dar's
village are destroyed by the half-bird creatures.
Dar, Kira, and the animals set off for new adventures.
The Beastmaster was a mediocre performed
when it was released in 1982, but it has grown as a cult
favorite over the years. It was popular enough to
warrant two more movies that were released in the 1990's
as well as a TV series.