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Excalibur -- A spirited accounting of one of the most obscure periods of the world's history. This reprisal is magical in its execution and gives its audience something to watch.
Excalibur -- Another retelling of the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.


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Thomas Malory (book)
Rospo Pallenberg (adaptation)
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Release Date:
10 April 1981 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
John Boorman 
Writing credits
Thomas Malory (book "Le Morte d'Arthur")

Rospo Pallenberg (adaptation)

Rospo Pallenberg (screenplay) and
John Boorman (screenplay)

Produced by
John Boorman .... producer
Michael Dryhurst .... associate producer
Robert A. Eisenstein .... executive producer
Edgar F. Gross .... executive producer
Original Music by
Trevor Jones 
Cinematography by
Alex Thomson 
Film Editing by
John Merritt 
Donn Cambern (uncredited)
Casting by
Mary Selway 
Production Design by
Anthony Pratt 
Art Direction by
Tim Hutchinson 
Set Decoration by
Bryan Graves 
Costume Design by
Bob Ringwood 
Makeup Department
Anna Dryhurst .... makeup artist
Anne Dunne .... hair stylist
Anne McFadyen .... hair stylist
Basil Newall .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack Phelan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barry Blackmore .... assistant director
Robert Dwyer-Joyce .... second assistant director
John Lawlor .... second assistant director
Peter MacDonald .... second unit director
Andrew Montgomery .... second assistant director
Ted Morley .... second assistant director
David Murphy .... second assistant director
Martin O'Malley .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Trisha Edwards .... production buyer
Bob Hedges .... property master
Joe Lear .... master plasterer
Joe Lee .... construction manager
John Lucas .... associate art director
Owen Murnane .... master painter
Paddy Murray .... property man
Mario Novelli .... model maker (as Anthony Freeman)
David Rayner .... property man
Mervyn Rowe .... scenic artist
Bertram Tyrer .... associate art director
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Cos Egan .... set dresser (uncredited)
Mark Hedges .... trainee propman (uncredited)
Owen Monaghan .... set dresser (uncredited)
Brian Muir .... sculptor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Pat Brennan .... assistant sound editor
Tom Curran .... sound recordist
Ron Davis .... sound editor
John Fortune .... boom operator
Tony Message .... dialogue editor
Doug E. Turner .... sound mixer (as Doug Turner)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Doyle .... special effects
Peter Hutchinson .... special effects
Gerry Johnston .... special effects
Alan Whibley .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Wally Veevers .... special optical effects
Ken Byrne .... stunts
Dominick Hewitt .... stunt double
Paul Kelly .... stunts
Chris King .... stunts
James McHale .... stunts
Ed McShortall .... stunts
Donal O'Farrell .... stunts
Bernard O'Hare .... stunts
Peter Spelman .... stunts
Alan Walsh .... stunts
Alan Walsh .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Brewster .... assistant camera
John Campbell .... assistant camera
Jack Conroy .... electrical supervisor
Louis Conroy .... electrician
Terry Eiffe .... electrician
Derek Hate .... electrician
Martin Holland .... electrician
Peter MacDonald .... photographer: second unit
Shane O'Neill .... assistant camera
Luke Quigley .... camera grip
Bob Smith .... camera operator
Arnaud Sélignac .... still photographer
Peter Versey .... assistant camera
Mike Fox .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Jon Sorensen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Des Whelan .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daryl Bristow .... wardrobe master
Janet O'Leary .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Michael Kelliher .... assistant editor
Music Department
Trevor Jones .... conductor: original music
Dick Lewzey .... music recording engineer (as Richard Lewzey)
John Richards .... music recording engineer
John A. Coleman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation manager
Other crew
Terry Baker .... stand-by crew
Philip Bernon .... rider
Telsche Boorman .... general assistant
Richard Collins .... rider
Seamus Collins .... rider
Con Cremins .... assistant accountant
Joe Cullen .... rider
Barry Cunningham .... stand-by crew
Daithi Curren .... rider
Tony Doyle .... rider
Terry English .... armorer
Nick Fitzpatrick .... armorer
Martin Forrestal .... stand-by crew
Donal Fortune .... rider
David Gavaghan .... rider
Beryl Harvey .... production assistant
William Hobbs .... fight arranger
Neil Jordan .... creative associate
Eddie Kennedy .... rider
Peter Leicht .... armorer
Tom Lundy .... stand-by crew
Marie McFerran .... production assistant
Bronco McLoughlin .... rider (as Bronco McLaughlin)
Kevin Moriarty .... location manager
Michael O'Farrell .... rider
Ray O'Toole .... rider
Michael Rowland .... horse master
Jean Skinner .... continuity
Arthur Tarry .... production accountant
Steve Tidiman .... armorer
Anthony Van Laast .... choreographer
Christy Yourell .... stand-by crew
Wayne Docksey .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Philip Sharpe .... technician (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
140 min | USA:119 min (edited version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Ireland:15 | Peru:14 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 (cable rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R | USA:PG (cut) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Continuity: Distance between Mordred and Arthur in the spear scene.See more »
Arthur:Rise, Father, please. I was your son before I became your king; if I am King.
Sir Ector:You are king, Arthur; the more so because you are not my son, and I am not your father.
Arthur:Not my father? Then Kay is not my brother?
Sir Ector:Merlin the magician brought you to me when you were newly born, and bade me raise you as my own. At first, I did so because I feared Merlin, but later because I loved you.
Arthur:Who is my true father?
Sir Ector:Only Merlin can tell you that.
Arthur:And who is Merlin?
Merlin:[enters suddenly from the forest] I... am the Merlin.
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Movie Connections:
References The Seventh Seal (1957)See more »
Prelude to Tristan and IsoldeSee more »


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55 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
Awesome, 6 December 1999

I have seen the movie Excalibur many times, and I believe it is an excellant movie. Many people say that it was cheezy looking (Yes, Excalibur the sword does get a tad flexible at points.) However, was not The Day the Earth Stood Still cheezy too, yet it is one of the greatest movies of all times, most people agree. And if anyone tries to down the movie by claiming it was not true to the legends, I have read many Arthurian texts, and the legend is not true to the legends. John Boorman picked through the haystack, and found his needle. Another excellant thing about this movie is for the most part, the acting is underscored. Not like in many modern movies, I believe Nicol Williamson, Helen Mirren, all the actors from the round table, and Mrs. Boorman did excellant jobs. The only complaints I had were so minor they practically do not exist. So go, see the movie, and be swept away.

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