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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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Trying to Educate which it does but to entertain it lacks slightly See more (8 total) »

Cast

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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
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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:
Final cinema movie of actor Kenneth More.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:
Merlin:[Watching Hermes continuing to joust after his head falls off] I have seen similar phenomen in chickens, M'LordSee more »
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Trying to Educate which it does but to entertain it lacks slightly, 1 July 2004
Author: Chris Mooney (dhsb58) from S.W England, Plymouth

Disney was in a pathway of making films with an educational twist.My previous review of "2000 leagues under the sea" is likewise to this as its aim also was to educate as well as entertain.

"Unidentified Fying Oddball" is a film educating its audience (mainly targeting children) of science. Scenes include "Making Robots" & "Maganetisim".

This film itself has a whole ray of cast.We are presented with Jim Dale, "British Actor" whom worked in numerous Carry On's such as "Screaming" & "Don't lose your head".Kenneth More is also present which is more known as playing the German King "Kaiser Wilhelm" in "Oh what a lovely War"

The film itself though entails the time travel of an Astronaut into King Arthur's time,landing in Cornwall.

The film has various good scenes and do provide a good laugh.The additional adding of cutlery to Sir Mordred sword by Clarence or the Magnatising of the troops to Tom's spaceship.

The film does however fall flat in several occasions,and it does drag a bit.Kids might enjoy it but certainly myself couldn't see myself picking this over other Disney classics,but it is a good film to watch and be educated.

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