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Gawain and the Green Knight (1973)

The medieval legend of a supernatural knight who challenges the king's men to kill him.



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The medieval legend of a supernatural knight who challenges the king's men to kill him.

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June 1973 (UK)  »

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ronald Lacey, who played the character Oswald, also played the same character, also called Oswald, in "Sword of the Valiant" which was made in 1984, and starred Myles O'Keefe as Gawain and Sean Connery as the Green Knight, and Cyrielle Claire as Lynette ("The Lady of Lyonesse"). Basically, it was the same movie, same actor, same role. See more »

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Don't listen to the reviews that say this is very bad.
25 May 2006 | by (Northumberland, England) – See all my reviews

This film has to be one of the most underrated films ever. And in some ways I think this could be due to it being a British film made with a reasonably low budget...in other words a prejudice against it.

I admit it does have it's flaws such as some of the fight scenes (but not all) being a little silly, a few deviations from the plot of the poem, and the occasional line of cheesy dialogue (though on this count we there is not that much of this at all).

This film had a small budget however the filmmakers accomplish a great deal despite this. The set designs I have to say are rather good. As for the costumes, they do indeed look like 'Monty Python And The Holy Grail' costumes in some cases. There are two reasons for this that are over looked...these are the facts that Monty Python spoofed this film (aswell as others) with their film...The other fact is that the costumes are based on Medieval Costumes and so it's obvious that some will look similar.

I have seen a lot of people on this site say how bad the effects are, and I have to respectfully say that their comments are baloney on this matter. The effects are no worse than most other films of that time and genre.

Also it should be noted that this is a British film and most of the cast were fairly well known in the UK at the time, so they are only a 'No Name' cast to people abroad (not in the UK) in the USA...etc...People forget that films are always predominately made for their own countries and not generally foreign markets...and this film is the same.

Over all this is quite a good film...I will give it full marks just because everyone else are giving this film such ridiculous marks on these reviews.

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