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Excalibur (1981)

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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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Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Found by a king. 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

Director John Boorman bought the horse that Percival rides to champion Guinevere. See more »

Goofs

During the siege of Leondegrance's castle, a knight that climbs the scaffold into the castle has a cigarette in his mouth. See more »

Quotes

Uther: Where have you been?
Merlin: I have walked my way since the beginning of time. Sometimes I give, sometimes I take, it is mine to know which and when!
Uther: You must help me, Merlin!
Merlin: Must I?
Uther: I am your King!
Merlin: So! You need me again now that my truce is wrecked! Years to build and moments to ruin! And all for lust!
Uther: For Igrayne! One night with her. You don't understand, you're not a man. Use the magic. Do it!
Merlin: [considering] Igrayne... You will swear by your true Kingship... to grant me what I wish, then you shall ...
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Catalina Caper (1990) See more »

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Prelude to Parsifal
by Richard Wagner
Specially recorded by London Philharmonic Orchestra (as The London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Norman Del Mar
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Excalibur. The best of the King Arthur films.
16 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Excalibur is a truly atmospheric film. It has the ability to take you back to the time it depicts, without using sentimentality or rose tinted spectacles. Having seen the film numerous times, I still get more out of it with every viewing. It certainly seemed to start many careers on the right path and many of the actors are very well known now. My only sadness is that Paul Geoffrey and Nigel Terry, two of the main character actors, seem not to have become such household names. They both stand out in the film and to my mind have made it what it is, brilliant. Great direction, production, photography and music. King Arthur himself would have been proud of it.


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