This action-adventure/comedy takes place in a world where the 15th century finds Europe still in the Dark Ages. A young boy named Tee (Allred) is sold into slavery and bought by the beggar Baydool (Warner), who takes him on as an apprentice. When Baydool realizes that Tee is the subject of a prophecy, he reveals himself as one of the Delta Knights, a secret order dedicated to helping humanity. Trained by Baydool, Tee also becomes a Delta Knight and joins forces with a ne'er-do-well painter named Leonardo (from the small town of Vinci) and a tavern girl, Thena. Pursued by Lord Vultare (again, Warner), minion of the wicked Mannerjay, they set out on a quest to find the lost treasures of Archimedes.
Actress Brigid Conley-Walsh (who plays Thena) is still active in the entertainment industry. She works under the name Brigid Brannagh, as has appeared in C.S.I., Grey's Anatomy, Star Trek: Enterprise, Angel, and a starring role in Lifetime's Army Wives.
A large portion of this movie was filmed at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Black Point, Novato, California. Performers from the Faire were employed as extras in various scenes throughout. Exterior scenes of Archimedes' storehouse were filmed at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California. Exterior scenes of the prison were filmed at Petaluma Adobe State Park, Petaluma, California. Some interior scenes of the Mannerjay's palace were filmed at the Scottish Rite Temple, Oakland, California.
Actress Olivia Hussey (whp plays the Mannerjay) is well-known for her starring role in the 1968 film version of Romeo & Juliet directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
After this film, actor Richard Kind (Wamthool) gained fame as a cast member of the TV sitcoms Mad About You (which was already in production at the time this movie was released) and Spin City. He has also had a successful career as a voice actor.
In a 2017 interview with The Onion, David Warner expressed a fondness for this film and referred to its use on MST3K.
Prologue: Crow gets some hail damage, so Gypsy repairs him and gives Mike and Tom an old AMC Crow as a loaner. He runs a little rich, but has a killer radio.
Segment One: Gypsy puts some seal coat on Crow, so he returns. Gypsy needs the loaner back because some guy's Crow got totaled by a semi. Pearl is upset over Mike's lack of misery, so she tests the experiment by switching places: She goes into the theater, while Mike goes down to the castle.
Segment Two: The 'bots love Pearl because she gave them a mint in the theater. She checks on the castle and finds Mike, Observer, and Bobo drinking beers. She switches places back over the 'bots objections; they are very mad when Mike returns.
Segment Three: A group of Servos perform the madrigal Air on a Delta Knight. They take control and sing a naughty song when movie sign sounds.
Segment Four: "Leonardo da Vinci" (Bill Corbett) visits the Hexfield to tell the crew that his portrayal in the movie is way off base. Tom keeps asking him questions, and he evades them; Mike has to tell Tom to stop asking what Leonardo does.
Segment Five: The 'bots miss Pearl; Mike tries to comfort them. Down in the castle, the Delta Knights have booked it for their pancake breakfasts. That's all they do now, pancake breakfasts. They make enough money for next year's pancake breakfast. One of them throws hard candy and hurts a lot of people.
During Host Segment Two, Mike, Observer, and Bobo have a clearly-identifiable bottle of Glenlivet whiskey on the table in front of them. There does not seem to have been an effort made to modify or obscure the bottle's label.
Singer/songwriter (1947-2017). While Allman had some success as a solo act (with 1977's Playin' Up a Storm being his most successful album), he was better known as the lead singer/organist/songwriter for the Allman Brothers Band, which was founded by his brother Duane. Their biggest hit was 1973's "Ramblin' Man".
The village has a Ozarks/hillbilly feel to it and the sit-com The Real McCoys (1957–63), from which this line comes, featured the original "hillbillies move out west" plot, years before The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–71).
"This just sounds like a movie that should have Matthew Broderick in it."
Actor Matthew Broderick (1962- ) made his feature film debut in 1983's WarGames. He has since appears in dozens of films, quite often (but not always) in light, whimsical roles (inspiring Crow's comment).
"I'll see if Bombadil has a place to crash..."
Tom Bombadil is a character in the The Lord of the Rings novels. A merry forest-dweller, he has some magical abilities as well.
"It's Joe Walsh! Aaah!"
Joe Walsh is a musician known for his work with several successful bands including The Eagles and The James Gang. He also had a recurring role on the TV sitcom The Drew Carey Show. He has a reputation for having a disheveled appearance and recreational narcotics use.
"Robert Bork takes a constitutional!"
Robert Bork was a controversial conservative judge who was nominated for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987, but voted down in Congress. He was heavyset and had distinctive chin whiskers. A "constitutional" is a term for a leisurely stroll intended as moderate exercise.
"Now I'm going to attach Rosey Grier's head to your shoulder."
A reference to the 1972 movie The Thing with Two Heads in which the head of an older Caucasian man (played by Ray Milland) was grafted onto the shoulder of an athletic African-American (played by former professional football player Rosey Grier).
"And during the day, I'm a Stevie Nicks impersonator."
The Los Angeles blues-rock group Canned Heat was formed in 1966 by blues historians and record collectors Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson and Bob "The Bear" Hite, with the large Hite as lead singer. Their hits included "On the Road Again" (1968), "Goin' Up the Country" (1968) and "Let's Work Together" (1970).
The character of Pippi Longstocking first appeared in the Swedish 1945 children's book Pippi Longstocking, written by Astrid Lindgren. Pippi is a young girl portrayed as a gawky, red-headed and extremely athletic (strong enough to lift horses above her head).
"Yeah, yo quiero Taco Bell..."
In 1998, fast-food chain Taco Bell introduced Dinky the Chihuahua to its ads. The little dog would show up wherever a Taco Bell foodstuff was being consumed and utter "Yo quiero Taco Bell" (which translates to "I want Taco Bell") with a computer generated mouth and a voice provided by actor Carlos Alazraqui.
"He's the lost member of ZZ Top."
The Southern blues-rock band ZZ Top was formed in 1970 in Houston, Texas. They are known for their long beards and omnipresent sunglasses and hats.
"Halt, Sir Dan of Blocker!"
Actor Dan Blocker (1928–72) is known for his role as "Hoss" Cartwright, one of the sons on the long-running Western TV series Bonanza (1959–73). Hoss was heavyset and typically wore a large hat, much like the townsperson here.
Refers to the song "Mister Bojangles," about a man who dances to keep his spirits high, even in unpleasant situations. Written and originally recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker in 1968, he was inspired when he met a street singer named Bojangles in a New Orleans drunk tank.