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Old 08-16-2012, 11:01 AM   #11
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Seven Samurai

The Magnificent Seven

And John Woo's RED CLIFF had a good deal of awesome bad-asses. But only watch the full 5-hour version.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:34 PM   #12
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Is it wrong if I say The Droogs? Oh, sure there was a lot of ultra-violence and rape.... but they did it with a light-hearted song and a smile. Those loveable rogues.

And, not necessarily bad ass, but I always liked the dynamic between the Dungeon's and Dragons 80's cartoon crew. With the exception of Uni who I would have spit-roasted over a hot fire at the earliest opportunity.

And shame on all of you for no-one having mentioned Thundercats. Yes, Lion-O had a haircut that wouldn't have looked out of place in a Panthera tribute band, but the rest kicked ass. *Cough* TYGRA *cough*.

Although once again, Snarf would have had a date with the blade of the sword of Omens the first time everyone elses' back was turned. Snarf this!

And finally *begin shameless self-promotion* The medieval misfits in my latest comic book adaptation who start out slow, but start to KICK ASS! *end shameless self-promotion*

PS. Agreed on Usual Suspects. And I like the look of that team-up in the Iron fist movie about to be released.
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:45 PM   #13
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The 3 mariachis in Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:50 PM   #14
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Also: Buliwyf's Viking band in The 13th Warrior.

And, for a nod to the world of animation, if anyone saw the surprisingly good and under-appreciated He-Man television series from 2002, (which was worlds superior to the cheesy Filmation program of the '80s,) the antagonists of Season 2, dubbed the "Snake Men," were an uncommonly interesting group.

Usually, villainous groups in animation are presented as merely a crime syndicate with costumes, its members all bickering and grasping and bumbling. But the Snake Men were conceived as a noble (if evil) ancient race, and its members, beyond having interesting storylines and personalities, were loyal to their king in a way that evoked feudal sensibilities. Good high-fantasy stuff, given the limitations of the genre.

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Oh, and I just remembered another group that really stands out. They never fought together per se, but they were conceived as a group, so I think they might count: The Five Deadly Venoms, of the eponymous Shaw Bros. movie.

Good call on "The 13th Warrior." That was one of my absolute favorite movies as a kid. I know it doesn't get a lot of love, but I thought it was awesome. Book was great, too.
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:22 PM   #15
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Good call on "The 13th Warrior." That was one of my absolute favorite movies as a kid. I know it doesn't get a lot of love, but I thought it was awesome. Book was great, too.
Never read the book, but I've always greatly admired the film. Severely under-appreciated. I recently obtained a draft of the screenplay, or an early screenplay, and I have to say that it testifies to a successful example of "development." I.e., the draft that I read is certainly good, but the final film shows numerous substantial improvements.

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And shame on all of you for no-one having mentioned Thundercats.
I never watched the Thundercats that much (although Mumm Ra was a commendably darker-than-usual villain for sanitized 80s animation). Apparently there was a recent reboot of the Thundercats, somewhat improved. (Haven't seen it.) The Thundercats team always reminded me of "G Force," from the Battle of the Plants series, which is the first warrior "team" that I can recall viewing as a kid -- and a pretty entertaining group in its own right.

At any rate, I'm pleased to see someone else bring up an example from the world of animation. As I was thinking about this thread, it occurred to me that most of the warrior-group examples that spring to mind are from animated TV series, not from films.

I wonder if that's because the idea of a "team" is something quintessentially youthful, tied to the school years, when many of us join clubs or teams of one kind or another (Scouts, sports teams, chess clubs, whatever) -- a time of group bonding that ends later in life when we have families -- or, in the case of writers, become hermits...

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But to come back to the O.P.'s original intention in this post, I think a warrior group that is depicted as a very effective fighting unit is the Spartans in 300. In that film, Leonidas is even given an effective speech in which he explains to the hunchback how the phalanx fights as a single unit, and how a single physically weak link would undermine the entire formation.
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:02 PM   #16
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Has anyone mentioned BRAVEHEART yet?
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:02 PM   #17
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In that film, Leonidas is even given an effective speech in which he explains to the hunchback how the phalanx fights as a single unit, and how a single physically weak link would undermine the entire formation.
And then Leonidas and his men spend most of the battle out of formation and doing all kinds of crazy stunts on their own.
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:27 PM   #18
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And then Leonidas and his men spend most of the battle out of formation and doing all kinds of crazy stunts on their own.
Ha, ha. Too true. I expect that the filmmakers thought that it would be too dull for audiences to see a rigid, disciplined phalanx for the entire battle.

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Has anyone mentioned BRAVEHEART yet?
I was thinking about this, with Braveheart being one of my favorite films. But it's hard to determine the exact unit we'd be talking about. His initial, small crew of rebels? His later, enlarged army? All of Scotland? No question that he assembles a ferocious fighting force.

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We'd surely have to add one of the Robin Hood crews. But which one? I'd vote for the Robin of Sherwood incarnation (even though it's a small band), as it's a darker take on the legend than most.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_of_Sherwood
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Yeah I really just can't seem to get those Knights out of my mind. They're all so hot, I don't even know which one I would pick first in my dreams.

The Riders of Rohan were a pretty cool looking bunch too.

And I'm trying to think of flicks with horse-riding, robe-flowing, turban-wearing, saber-waving warriors, like Tuaregs. Those are some pretty striking visuals as well.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:43 PM   #20
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I was thinking about this, with Braveheart being one of my favorite films. But it's hard to determine the exact unit we'd be talking about. His initial, small crew of rebels? His later, enlarged army? All of Scotland? No question that he assembles a ferocious fighting force.


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