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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:
Thorpe does chivalry a second time.... See more (38 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)

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)
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)
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:
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:
Average Shot Length (ASL) = 8 seconds (quite fast for an early CinemaScope film)See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the final sword fight, the long swords are clearly flimsy props. The blades bend and vibrate with each hit, one battler tried to spear his opponent and hit the rock face of the cliff behind him and the tip of the sword was crumpled like it was aluminum.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Grandma's Boy (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Lady WhiteSee more »

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23 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Thorpe does chivalry a second time...., 20 May 1999
Author: Paladin-13 from Fayetteville, NC

A movie filled with beautiful scenery, knights in armor, the clashing of swords, lovely damsels, and chivalry at its finest. Remind you of Camelot? It should. Adventure and romance are blended deftly in this fine retelling of Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte D'Arthur." Taylor (well-cast as Lancelot) also played the title role in "Ivanhoe", which was released a year earlier and also directed by Thorpe and scored by Rozsa. Thorpe does another excellent job as director here, and Rozsa contributes another nonpareil score that has forever marked him for the esteemed composer he is. Interestingly enough, Aylmer (who played Merlin) also played Issac of York opposite Taylor's "Ivanhoe." Not to be overlooked either are Gardner (never lovelier as Guinevere); Baker's perfect portrayal of the diabolical Mordred; and Crawford, whose chilling Morgan le Fay is very reminiscent of Milady de Winter of The Three Musketeers saga. Ferrer deserves kudos as well for bringing nobility and sensitivity to the role of Arthur. As mentioned before, the scenery is a real treat; when coupled with the music and the action, one may get the urge to strap on their armor and grab their sword! Everyone, from medieval history buffs to those who just love a good movie, should see this one. It has intrigue, adventure, and romance, but above all, it forever proves that chivalry is a virtue worth abiding by.

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