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Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the round table of Camelot even as forces conspire to tear it apart

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The myth of King Arthur brought once again to the screen. Uthur Pendragon is given the mystical sword Excalibur by the wizard Merlin. At his death Uthur buries the sword into a stone, and the next man that can pull it out will be King of England. Years later Arthur, Uthur's bastard son draws Excalibur and becomes king. Guided by Merlin, Arthur marries Guenivere and gathers the Knights of the Round Table. Arthur's evil half-sister Morgana sires a son with him, who may prove his downfall. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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knight | evil | king | excalibur | sword | See All (156) »

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No mortal could possess it! No kingdom could command it! See more »


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10 April 1981 (USA)  »

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The Knights  »

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SEK 2,986,757 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Polo ponies were used because they are easier to control than regular horses, and could be ridden with one hand while the other held the various weapons used in the film. See more »

Goofs

During Merlin's speech to the knights, just prior to Arthur's announcement of the round table, etc., the hose supplying the gas for his flaming staff can be seen at its base. See more »

Quotes

Arthur: Do you still have the Sight, Merlin? Are they together?
Merlin: Yes.
Arthur: You warned me of this, all those years ago. What must I do now... Kill them?
Merlin: I can tell you nothing. My days are ended. The gods of once are gone... forever. It's a time for men. It's your time, Arthur.
Arthur: I need you now... more than ever.
Merlin: No. This is the moment that you must face at last. To be King, alone.
Arthur: And you, old friend? Will I see you again?
Merlin: No. There are other worlds. This one is done with me.
Merlin: [...]
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Connections

Version of Arthur the King (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Siegfried's Funeral March from The Ring
by Richard Wagner
Specially recorded by London Philharmonic Orchestra (as The London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Norman Del Mar
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No Richard Gere, guaranteed
22 April 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This is by far the best Arthurian film offering - sure, sure it gets a bit loopy with the Quest for the Grail, but I'm pretty sure such a Quest would involve some loopiness. The acting is v. good given the material, the atmosphere is strong and the use of Wagner is, at times, inspired. Oh, and there's no Richard Gere looking purty...


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