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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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Director:
Writers:
Thomas Malory (book)
Rospo Pallenberg (adaptation)
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Release Date:
10 April 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
No mortal could possess it! No kingdom could command it! See more »
Plot:
Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the round table of Camelot even as forces conspire to tear it apart Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Great Film See more (319 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
140 min | USA:119 min (edited version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | 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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Trivia:
Liam Neeson admitted in "60 Minutes" (1968) interview that he fell in love with Helen Mirren during the making of this film.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Arthur jumps from Leondegrance's castle wall to take Uryens off his horse, and then appears to be trampled by that horse.See more »
Quotes:
Merlin:Looking at the cake is like looking at the future, until you've tasted it what do you really know? And then, of course, it's too late.
[Arthur takes a bite]
Merlin:Too late.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Initiation (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Prelude to ParsifalSee more »

FAQ

Is this film based on a book?
Where were the forests located?
Does John Boorman own Percival's horse?
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84 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
A Great Film, 17 November 2003
Author: (baronalbany38@yahoo.com) from Albany, NY

I am an Arthurian buff and a film fan (aspiring to be a novelist and a screenwriter). EXCALIBUR is a great, great film that holds up very well after more than 20 years. It is an expert distillation of the essential Arthurian legend (this from someone who has read and re-read Malory's original work, Le Morte D'Arthur, on which the movie was based, as well as Tennyson, White, Steinbeck, and many of the other modern fictional treatments, as well as a lot of the secondary literature on the history and meaning of the Arthur myth). The film is wonderful on many, many levels, from Boorman's masterful direction and writing (along with Pallenberg, his screenwriter), to the cinematography, the armor and costumes, the sets and production design, and the acting (with a great cast too numerous to mention). The film has violence, sex, myth, drama, intrigue, heroics, pathos, and aspirations to art, all in the best senses of those terms. The film probably works best if you already have some sort of sense of the Arthur legends, but I would recommend it to anyone. Also, listen to Boorman's director's commentary on the DVD. Perhaps the best and most lucid DVD commentary that I have heard on video; interesting and sharp comments throughout the entire film, and well worth replaying if you aspire to filmmaking in any way, or just want to hear a smart filmmaker talk about his work. I have tried to write Arthurian stories and an Arthurian script, but all have so far paled in comparison to Boorman and Pallenberg's work. Long live Boorman and long live EXCALIBUR!

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