MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 585 this week

Excalibur (1981)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy  |  10 April 1981 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 43,126 users  
Reviews: 328 user | 80 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

(book), (adaptation), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 22 Jan 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 11 Jan 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 28 Mar 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 10 Oct 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 09 Jun 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Excalibur" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Excalibur (1981)

Excalibur (1981) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Excalibur.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Krull (1983)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones
Brother I (2000)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A Japanese gangster is exiled to Los Angeles where his brother lives with a small but respectable multi-racial gang, who he inspires to expand their influence.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Claude Maki, Omar Epps
Zardoz (1974)
Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.

Director: John Boorman
Stars: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman
Deliverance (1972)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Director: John Boorman
Stars: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty
Christiana (1979)
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Sequel to Pilgrim's Progress. Christiana decides to follow in her husband's footsteps and make a pilgrimage to the Celestial City with her children and a friend.

Director: Ken Anderson
Stars: Jenny Cunningham, Tina Heath, Liam Neeson
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After the son of engineer Bill Markham is abducted by an aboriginal tribe on the edge of the rain forest, the engineer spends the next 10 years searching for him.

Director: John Boorman
Stars: Powers Boothe, Meg Foster, Yara Vaneau
Witchboard (1986)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A woman (Kitaen) finds an interest in her friend Brandon's Ouija Board when he brings it by her party.

Director: Kevin Tenney
Stars: Todd Allen, Tawny Kitaen, Stephen Nichols
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Journey with Pilgrim as John Bunyan's famous allegory leaps from its pages to a movie.

Director: Ken Anderson
Stars: Peter Thomas, Maurice O'Callaghan, Liam Neeson
Dragonslayer (1981)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom.

Director: Matthew Robbins
Stars: Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A semiautobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2. For a young boy, this time in history was more... See full summary »

Director: John Boorman
Stars: Sarah Miles, David Hayman, Sebastian Rice-Edwards
Amira & Sam (2014)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An army veteran's unlikely romance with an Iraqi immigrant is put to the test when she is faced with the prospect of deportation.

Director: Sean Mullin
Stars: Martin Starr, Dina Shihabi, Paul Wesley
Tomboys (2009)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

Five girls kidnap a serial rapist... to seek revenge.

Director: Nathan Hill
Stars: Candice Day, Naomi Davis, Sash Milne
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Nicholas Clay ...
...
...
...
Robert Addie ...
...
Keith Buckley ...
...
...
...
Niall O'Brien ...
Kay
...
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

knight | evil | king | excalibur | sword | See All (158) »

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

10 April 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Knights  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

SEK 2,986,757 (Sweden)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The names of the 25 knights inscribed on the Winchester Round Table are given as: Galahad, Lancelot du Lac, Gawain, Percivale, Lionell, Bors de Ganis, Kay, Tristram de Lyones, Gareth, Bedivere, Bleoberis, La Cote Male Taile, Lucan, Palomedes, Lamorak, Safer, Pelleas, Hector de Maris, Dagonet, Degore, Brunor le Noir, Le Bel Desconneu, Alymere, and Mordred. See more »

Goofs

When Arthur accepts Lancelot's invitation to joust, Arthur's squire carries three lances. Arthur takes a lance from Lancelot's rack and uses this for his first attack. He goes to his squire to collect a lance for the second attack and his squire only has one; what has happened to the other two? See more »

Quotes

Arthur: I was not born to live a man's life, but to be the stuff of future memory.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Sasquatch Gang (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude to Parsifal
by Richard Wagner
Specially recorded by London Philharmonic Orchestra (as The London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Norman Del Mar
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

This Arthurian legend is special
2 August 1999 | by (Denver, Colo.) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film back when it came out and I was an usher at a local theatre (I was in high school). I have seen many films based on King Arthur, and for some reason this one always causes a stronger reaction in me. I think it is because it is so dark as well as intense. Merlin is borderline looney yet powerful; Arthur starts off as a good-hearted child and then before your eyes self-destructs under his self-imposed weight of leadership; Modred is mocking and disgusting. The fight scenes and the costumes/armor are disturbing; this is no desensitized movie! I own the VHS and sometimes I like to watch up to the point where Guin's deceit with Lancelot takes place, and then stop. After that point, until the very end, the movie is about the fall of a legend, and I like my legends on their pedestals.


37 of 49 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
When Uryens knights Arthur... jimicapone
Morgana! DarkBat1939
Things You Learned from watching Excalibur Darth_Ferior
Extended cut Darcsyde01
If they do the remake, you know who could make a great Merlin ... TheGingerReview
Looks dubbed to me Noelle W Dempsey
Discuss Excalibur (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page