The score tries to convince you otherwise. Obviously taking its cue from the previous year's Raiders of the Lost Ark, the composer is basically a bare faced thieving article. I don't have too much of a problem with that if the images actually match the music. There are so many iconic moments in Raiders and Harrison Ford is such a charismatic lead. Not so in The Sword and the Sorcerer. Lee Horsley, who plays Talon, has all the charisma of a gherkin. Actually, no: gherkins have way more. This is a fatal flaw in an adventure film. Couple that with the uninspiring villain Cromwell (Richard Lynch) and the film falls flat. The sorcerer in the title (Richard Moll) would have made a far better antagonist, but sadly he gets nowhere near enough screen time.
I was really hoping this would be better. The front cover makes the film look way better than it is. The story is so standard issue that without any fun or excitement, it's a real waste of time. The writing was on the wall when Robert Tessier (The Lost Empire) appears as a prison guard. I suppose I have to be thankful for small mercies: it wasn't Deathstalker. But very close.
If you like this you could also try:
The Lost Empire, Wolfhound, The Beastmaster, any of the Deathstalker films (if you are a real masochist).