6.8/10
6,417
59 user 29 critic

Ivanhoe (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 20 February 1953 (USA)
Trailer
1:52 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

King Arthur's rule is threatened by the adulterous love between Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, a relationship the king's enemies hope to exploit.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer
Ivanhoe (TV Movie 1982)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This is a remake of Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. Ivanhoe, a worthy and noble knight, the champion of justice returns to England after the holy wars. He finds England under the reign of Prince ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Camfield
Stars: James Mason, Anthony Andrews, Sam Neill
Quo Vadis (1951)
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A fierce Roman commander becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann
Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn
Ivanhoe (TV Mini-Series 1997)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Ivanhoe returning from crusading in the Holy Land to England which is ruled by corrupt Prince John.

Stars: David Barrass, Ralph Brown, Jimmy Chisholm
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades thwart the plans of Royal Prime Minister Richelieu to usurp the King's power.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, June Allyson
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young Viking prince strives to become a knight in King Arthur's Court and restore his exiled father to his rightful throne.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: James Mason, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner
Scaramouche (1952)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

18th century France. A man sets out to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a master swordsman.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Stewart Granger, Janet Leigh, Eleanor Parker
Beau Brummell (1954)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1796, Captain George Brummell of the 10th Royal Hussars Regiment offends the Prince of Wales with his straightforward outspokenness and gets fired from the army but is chosen as the Prince's personal advisor.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Stewart Granger, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Ustinov
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Romance | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Adventurer Allan Quartermain leads an expedition into uncharted African territory in an attempt to locate an explorer who went missing during his search for the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon.

Directors: Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton
Stars: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, Richard Carlson
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The father of a young woman deals with the emotional pain of her getting married, along with the financial and organizational trouble of arranging the wedding.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor
The Robe (1953)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Emlyn Williams ...
...
...
Felix Aylmer ...
Francis De Wolff ...
Front De Boeuf (as Francis DeWolff)
Norman Wooland ...
Basil Sydney ...
Harold Warrender ...
...
Roderick Lovell ...
Ralph DeVipont
...
Clerk of Copmanhurst
Edit

Storyline

In the centre of this Walter Scott classic fiction inspired film the chivalrousness and the daring stand. Ivanhoe, the disowned knight join to the bravehearted and high-minded Robin Hood, the valiant of Forest Sherwood. They want King Richard to rule the kingdom instead of evil Prince John. Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

At last on the screen ! Biggest spectacle since Quo Vadis. See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

20 February 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,842,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Brown (Castle guard) would later play Gurth in the unrelated television series Ivanhoe (1958). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 20 mins) During a castle battle scene, one of the hooded soldiers falls into the water. As he does, he grabs his hood that has fallen off and pulls it back onto his head. See more »

Quotes

Isaac of York: I heard the jester call you "lvanhoe." But lvanhoe is Cedric's son, and Cedric called him dead. Who are you, then?
Ivanhoe: I am King Richard's envoy. Does that make us friends or foes?
Isaac of York: It does not make you my foe, sire, but then, I am allowed no king.
Ivanhoe: Why not?
Isaac of York: Because I am allowed no country. I am deeply in your debt, sire. Tell me how I can repay you.
Ivanhoe: I seek 150,000 marks of silver - the price of Richard's ransom from Leopold of Austria.
Isaac of York: Glance around you, sire. What you see is all we've saved from ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Edited into Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song of Ivanhoe
(1952) (uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Marguerite Roberts
Sung by Robert Taylor and Norman Wooland
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Myth, Legends, and Pomp of the High Middle Ages
24 July 2006 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

The difficulty with bringing a piece of revered literature to the big screen has more to do with pleasing the fans of the work than in making a pleasing movie. Those who hold Walter Scott's classic "Ivanhoe" in high esteem will deem any adaptation to a largely visual medium unworthy no matter how much care and devotion are given to visualizing the original source.

This version of "Ivanhoe" holds up well and remains one of the more realistic films dealing with the myth, legends, and pomp of the High Middle Ages. The pictorial representation of Judaism at a time of wide-spread persecution of that religion throughout Europe by Christians who continually used the Jews as scapegoats was noble indeed for 1952, the height of the McCarthy witch hunts. The audience of the day undoubtedly overlooked this point when Rebecca is accused of witchcraft in order to insure conformity and stifle opposition to Prince John's tyrannical rule of England in King Richard's absence.

From a historical perspective, this film is about as accurate as any of the numerous Robin Hood tales prevalent at the time in the movies and on TV. Ivanhoe's father is correct when he remarks that Richard would be no better than John as far as the Saxons were concerned. Both Richard and John were ineffectual rulers. Prince John (later King John) has received a bad press as a result of the lionization of Richard the Lionheart. At least John stayed home and attempted to rule England; whereas, Richard was always traipsing about Europe and the Near East on a Crusade or leading his knights in battle mainly for personal gain. His ransom as a result of falling into the hands of the Germans was costly for his realm. Neither Richard or John was the skilled administrator their father, Henry II, proved to be, one of England's greatest monarchs. Neither inherited the diplomatic skills of their mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the great women leaders in western civilization.

The division between the Saxons and Normans as a result of the Norman invasion of 1066 is at the crux of the story, Ivanhoe being Saxon, the royal family being Norman, descended from William the Conqueror. Nothing is said about those who lived on the British Isles before either the Saxons or the Normans, the Celts first, then the conquering Romans.

A highlight of "Ivanhoe" is the jousting tournament, leading to rivalry between Ivanhoe (Robert Taylor) and Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert (George Sanders), a rivalry that extends to winning the hand and heart of Rebecca. The alluring nineteen-year-old Elizabeth Taylor who portrays Rebecca is at the peak of her beauty and loveliness. George Sanders and Robert Taylor were much older than Elizabeth at the time. Taylor was uncomfortable making love, even on celluloid, to one so young, especially since he recalled her as a child in the early days of his movie career.

The brilliant Technicolor cinematography is bewitching even by today's standards. Adding to the eye-catching color are the action scenes, especially toward the end of the movie. The besieging of the castle is directed with élan by Richard Thorpe, who learned his trade well from directing action packed B films.

The acting is top notch throughout with Guy Rolfe as the loathsome Prince John stealing every scene he's in. The weakest is Emlyn Williams who plays Wamba (a chattel who becomes Ivanhoe's Squire). Wamba apparently is supposed to supply comic relief and is given some good lines by the writers, but Williams tends to overplay the part to the extent that at times the character becomes an obnoxious loudmouth.


15 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Richard I Kronocide
elizabeth taylor thump_thump_fan_81
Ivanhoe/Heavy Metal agodinruin
similar movies? HolyDamnation666
Soundtrack query silverwhistle
High Fall From Castle donovanarchmontierth
Discuss Ivanhoe (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?