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The Spaceman and King Arthur
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Director:
Writers:
Don Tait (screen story)
Don Tait (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 July 1979 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
A sixth century space adventure! See more »
Plot:
An astronaut and his android double travel back to the time of King Arthur. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Surprise! It is crap after all. See more (8 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dennis Dugan ... Tom Trimble

Jim Dale ... Sir Mordred

Ron Moody ... Merlin

Kenneth More ... King Arthur

John Le Mesurier ... Sir Gawain (as John le Mesurier)
Rodney Bewes ... Clarence
Sheila White ... Alisande

Robert Beatty ... Senator Milburn
Cyril Shaps ... Dr. Zimmerman
Kevin Brennan ... Winston
Ewen Solon ... Watkins
Pat Roach ... Oaf
Reg Lye ... Prisoner

Directed by
Russ Mayberry 
 
Writing credits
Don Tait (screen story)

Don Tait (screenplay)

Mark Twain (novel "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court")

Produced by
Hugh Attwooll .... associate producer
Ron Miller .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ron Goodwin 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Beeson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Boita 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
 
Art Direction by
Albert Witherick 
 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Ernest Gasser .... makeup artist (as Ernie Gasser)
Joyce James .... hair stylist
Betty Sherriff .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Robin Douet .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Winter .... assistant director
Terry Madden .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound recordist
Peter Best .... sound editor
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist
Keith Batten .... boom operator (uncredited)
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ron Ballanger .... special effects (uncredited)
Michael Collins .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Cliff Culley .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Vic Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Sturgess .... camera operator
Malcolm Vinson .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Jack Gardner .... assembly editor
 
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
 
Other crew
Georgiana Hamilton .... continuity (as Georgina Hamilton)
Barrie Melrose .... location manager
Don Tait .... assistant: producer
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Spaceman and King Arthur" - USA (original title)
"A Spaceman in King Arthur's Court" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)
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Trivia:
One of the few films released under the Disney banner where pornography (IE Playboy) is mentioned.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Tom is flying during the battle scene near the end wires that are holding the jet are clearly visible in several shots.See more »
Quotes:
Clarence:I be a lowly page, but I'll do what I can.See more »
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15 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Surprise! It is crap after all., 13 July 2000
Author: Jason James Martin from Toronto, Canada



This is one of those films that starts with a bad title and only gets worse.

If I recall, I saw this at my friend Kirk's tenth birthday party and it was the first time I used the word 'dreck' in a sentence.

'Unidentified Flying Oddball' has all the appearance of having been written and filmed over a long weekend. Edited in someone's basement one night over a keg of beer.

One thing sticks in my memory like an oak splinter: the way Spaceman Tom never called King Arthur 'your majesty' or 'sire,' but instead just plain ol' good ol' 'King.' As in 'hey, King, get yer hands offa my girl, see.' If you like that sort of talk, and your brain development arrested in grade three, then the team behind 'Unidentified Flying Oddball' wants you.

The science was excellent, however. I know now that if I ever need to defend myself from a deathly laser beam, I need only wear the shiniest armour I can find ('Say, King, gimme yer armor! Now don't get all persnickety on me, see? I'll give it back all nice and proper-like, and polished up with good ol' American spit shine').

Disney produced this matted ass-hair sandwich in the days before they became the media Godzilla they are now. Their stock was leaning into the toilet in those days and, hey, so will you after seeing this film.

Incoherent plot, humourless gags, crummy special effects, poor sets. It's not a good kid's film. Not a good film, even though based on a Mark Twain story. But I may change my tune. Perhaps someday I'll see this movie the way I presume it was meant to be seen. On crack.

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