With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brigitte Nielsen, Ernie Reyes, Jr., Ronald Lacey, Sandahl Bergman, Paul L. Smith, Pat Roach, Terry Richards, Janet Ågren, Donna Osterbuhr
Red Sonja is a 1985 Dutch-American sword and sorcery action film directed by Richard Fleischer. The film introduces Brigitte Nielsen as the title character with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandahl Bergman, Ronald Lacey, Ernie Reyes, Jr., Paul L. Smith, and Pat Roach in supporting roles. The film features the sword-wielding Marvel Comics character Red Sonja, created by Roy Thomas, who first appeared in Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian series in 1973. Red Sonja was based on Red Sonya of Rogatino, a character invented by R. E. Howard appearing in his short story, “The Shadow of the Vulture”. The film acknowledges that it was “based on the character created by Robert E. Howard” in the introductory credits.
As in Howard’s stories of Conan, the film takes place in the Hyborian Age, a fictional prehistoric time that had been depicted previously in the films Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer. The film was shot in Italy, on location in Celano and the rest of the Abruzzo region, and in the Stabilimenti Cinematografici Pontini studios near Rome.