By the Sword

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By the Sword ★½ 1993 (R)

Maximilian Suba (Abraham) is a one-time fencing whiz who has spent the last 25 years in prison for the murder of his mentor during a fencing match. Upon his release, Suba heads back to his old fencing grounds to see what's become of the murdered man's now-grown son and discovers Alexander (Roberts) is as ruthless and ambitious as Suba once was. Incoherent plot leaves both actors and viewers in the dark. 91m/C VHS . F. Murray Abraham, Eric Roberts, Mia Sara, Christopher Rydell; D: Jeremy Paul Kagan; W: John McDonald, James Donadio; C: Arthur Albert; M: Bill Conti.