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"Television Review: Wizards and Warriors." Variety 2 March 1983: 330.


Television Review: WIZARDS & WARRIORS


With Jeff Conaway, Walter Olkewicz, Duncan Regehr, Julia Duffy, Clive Revill, Ian Wolfe, Randi Brooks, Tim Dunigan, Joseph Robert Sicari, Thomas Hill, Christine de Lisle, Phyllis Katz
Supplier: Don Reo Prods. & Warner Bros. TV
Exec Producers: Reo, Judith D. Allison
Supervising Producer: S. Bryan Hickox
Producers: Bill Richmond, Robert Earll
Director: Bill Bixby
Writer: Richmond
60 Mins., Sat., 8 p.m.

Set in some vague early time when sorcery was rampant, "Wizards & Warriors" combines timeless derringdo with modern dialog of sorts in what is presumed to be tongue-in-cheek style. With camera tricks taking care of the sorcery, a cast headed by former "Taxi" star Jeff Conaway competently took care of the pseudo-ancient grandiose plot developments.

The problem in the opener was a device hidden in a birthday gift to self-centered princess Julia Duffy, which was set to blow up the King of Camarand's castle and all in it. Conaway and his vassal (Walter Olkewicz) set out to find the key that turns the infernal machine off, while the king and his aging wizard (Ian Wolfe) try to find where the device is hidden.

Conaway and Olkewicz's were done with the proper combination of dash and low-key comic dialog interplay, with stylishly arch villainy from Duncan Regehr and his wizard (Clive Revill). The script's best lines, however, went to the bubbleheaded Duffy, who had been kidnapped by Regehr's brother (Tim Dunigan), outlandish headdress and all.

One assumes the prime target is the young, with the hope that the droll dialog will be found amusing by adult viewers. "Wizards" gave promise of achieving moderate results for those goals.


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