Well, here goes:
ISTR watching some movie on HBO or Cinemax™ or something back in the late 70’s/early 80’s. It takes place in a sort-of Medeival Europe/Lord of the Rings/Conan the Barbarian millieu.
The Bad Guy is a conquerer who wants to enslave the Good Guy’s people. The Good Guy, naturally, wnats to prevent this. Apparently the GG and the BG have dealt with each other in the past (see below).
There is one scene where the Bad Guy has captured the Good Guy and is planning to torture him to death. He has him tied up and, holding a red-hot poker close to him, says (paraphrased): “I’m now going to do something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time-- kill you very slowly and very painfully.” The Good Guy somehow escapes.
Another scene: the Good Guy captures one of the Bad Guy’s men and, in essence, forces him to kill himself. He ties him to the ground under a tree and slings a heavy sledgehammer over a branch with a rope, so that the hammer hangs a few feet over the guy’s abdomen. He then makes the guy secure the rope in his teeth. Thus, when he gets too fatigued to hold it, he lets go and the hammer falls down and kills him. You can guess what happens.
Anyway, does this ring any bells?