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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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Release Date:
15 January 1954 (USA) See more »
All the glory and splendor of King Arthur's court
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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Weak, populist adaptation See more (41 total) »


  (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
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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115 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)
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)

Did You Know?

Anne Crawford, who plays Morgan Le Fay, was only 7 years and 3 months older than Stanley Baker, who plays her son Modred.See more »
Continuity: After Modred 'dies' his torso clearly shows continued breathing.See more »
Modred:Was there ever enough gold to silence a traitor?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Grandma's Boy (2006)See more »
A Lady WhiteSee more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Weak, populist adaptation, 24 January 2015
Author: grantss from Sydney, Australia

Very weak, populist, adaptation of the famous tale. Plot is full of holes and doesn't follow King Arthur legend very closely. Not at all gritty, concentrating more on contrived, unconvincing sword- fight sequences and flowery, empty language than on any substance. So devoid of any substance, if it was made in the 2000s it would have been directed by Michael Bay!

Acting is incredibly unconvincing. Think John Wayne trying to do Shakespeare. Shallow, hammy, machismo actors reciting lines they hardly understand.

Even the presence of the stunningly beautiful Ava Gardner can't save this.

If want to see a good adaptation of the King Arthur legend, see Excalibur (1981) instead.

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