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Knights of the Round Table -- The sweeping epic tale of King Arthur and the idyllic kingdom of Camelot comes to the screen in this classic tale of romance, betrayal, loyalty and The Knights of the Round Table.
Knights of the Round Table -- King Arthur establishes the greatest reign England has ever seen, and along for the ride are his indispensable Knights of the Round Table...

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Director:
Writers:
Talbot Jennings (screenplay) &
Jan Lustig (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
15 January 1954 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
All the glory and splendor of King Arthur's court
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Mighty spectacle about the King Arthur and the famed romance in color magnificence See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Taylor ... Lancelot

Ava Gardner ... Guinevere

Mel Ferrer ... Arthur
Anne Crawford ... Morgan Le Fay

Stanley Baker ... Modred
Felix Aylmer ... Merlin
Maureen Swanson ... Elaine
Gabriel Woolf ... Percival
Anthony Forwood ... Gareth
Robert Urquhart ... Gawaine
Niall MacGinnis ... Green Knight
Ann Hanslip ... Nan
Jill Clifford ... Bronwyn
Stephen Vercoe ... Agravaine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julia Arnall ... Bit Role (uncredited)
John Brooking ... Bedivere (uncredited)
Michel De Lutry ... Dancer (uncredited)
Valentine Dyall ... Narrator (uncredited)
Gwendoline Evans ... Enid (uncredited)
Peter Gawthorne ... Bishop (uncredited)
Mary Germaine ... Brigid (uncredited)

Laurence Harvey ... Undetermined Minor Role (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Desmond Llewelyn ... A Herald (uncredited)
Barry MacKay ... Green Knight's Squire (uncredited)
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Simon (uncredited)
Patricia Owens ... Lady Vivien (uncredited)
Roy Russell ... Leogrance (uncredited)
John Sherman ... Lambert (uncredited)
Derek Tansley ... Green Knight's Squire (uncredited)
Alan Tilvern ... Steward (uncredited)
Martin Wyldeck ... John (uncredited)

Dana Wynter ... Morgan Le Fay's Servant (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Thorpe 
 
Writing credits
Talbot Jennings (screenplay) &
Jan Lustig (screenplay) and
Noel Langley (screenplay)

Thomas Malory (based on "Le Morte D'Arthur") (as Sir Thomas Malory)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Stephen Dade (director of photography)
Freddie Young (director of photography) (as F.A.Young)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Clarke 
 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Junge 
Hans Peters 
 
Costume Design by
Roger K. Furse (costumes designed by) (as Roger Furse)
 
Makeup Department
Charles E. Parker .... makeup artist (as Charles Parker)
 
Production Management
Roy Parkinson .... unit manager (uncredited)
Dora Wright .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director (uncredited)
Jack Martin .... assistant director (uncredited)
Peter Price .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Aldred .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Bryan Coates .... boom operator (uncredited)
Sash Fisher .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Ralph George .... sound (uncredited)
Larry Thompson .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
A.W. Watkins .... sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Tom Howard .... photographic effects
 
Stunts
Jack Keely .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Porter .... stunts (uncredited)
John Sullivan .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator (uncredited)
Chris Doll .... focus puller (uncredited)
Kelvin Pike .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Victor Arno .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Jakob Gimpel .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... co-conductor (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... conductor (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... unit driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Phillip Glasier .... falconer (uncredited)
Angela Martelli .... continuity (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
115 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1954) | Sweden:Btl | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #16742) | West Germany:6 (f)

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Trivia:
Miklos Rosza lifted liberally from his own work for this film when he later composed the score for El Cid (1961).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of the fight between Arthur and Lancelot, Lancelot breaks his sword and Arthur gives him his. When they turn to meet Percival as he rides up, both Arthur and Lancelot have swords in their scabbards.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Grandma's Boy (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Mighty spectacle about the King Arthur and the famed romance in color magnificence, 24 April 2007
Author: ma-cortes

This MGM's first Cinemascope production from the company and producers (Pandro S Berman)that gave you ¨Quo Vadis¨ , ¨Ivanhoe¨ among others and only MGM could bring it so magnificently to the screen . The classic story of romantic adventure come to life enriched by Technicolor and with such great stars as Robert Taylor (Lanzarote) , Ava Gardner (Guinevere) , Mel Ferrer(Arthur) in the classic love triangle . Adding apparition the ¨Knights of the Round Table¨ as Percival (Woof) looking for the Holy Grail , Gaiwan( Robert Urqhuart) , the evil Modred (Stanley Baker) and Merlin (Felix Aylmer) and Morgana LeFay (Crawford) . This is an overwhelming tale with adventures , villainy , romance and heroism in the grandeur of Cinemascope although in television set loses splendor .

In spite of there aren't real documents about legendary feats of King Arthur , allegedly in VI century King of Bretons , were created on XII century some writings by French notorious authors who romanticized the legend as Chretien of Troyes and Thomas Malory that wrote the Bretons series with their knights looking for the Holy Grail . Besides , Godofredo of Mormouth publicized in 1136 the ¨History Regnum Britanniae¨ and in XX century John Steinbeck wrote about the events of King Arthur . The story concerns when the Romans had withdrawn Britain and the Roman Empire dissolved into chaos , then rules the king Arthur , he achieved to maintain the Christianity and civilization in the west of England , though no exactly congruent with the VI century , time was presumed to have lived but the film is developed in a high medieval panoply .

The movie displays breathtaking battles and epic confrontation with a terrific final climax for a mortal duel . The magnificent battle scenes are obviously copied from Henry V at Agincourt , brought to life a decade earlier by Laurence Olivier . Excellent production design , the castles , outdoors and tournaments or jousts are well staged . Luscious costumes and gowns specially suited by Ava Gardner . Colorful wide-screen cinematography by Freddie Young( David Lean's usual cameraman) . Spectacular , sensational musical score by the classic Miklos Rózsa . However this epic film never takes off as it should despite of pomp and circumstance showed . The motion picture is professionally directed by Richard Thorpe . Later on , other movies on the matter of legends of Arthur resulted to be : the musical ¨Camelot¨ (Joshua Logan), the fantastic ¨Excalibur¨ (John Boorman) and recently ¨King Arthur¨(Antoine Fuqua). The picture will appeal to aficionados with chivalric ideals and historic movies fans .

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