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Knightriders (1981)

 -  Action | Drama  -  10 April 1981 (USA)
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A medieval reenactment troupe find it increasingly difficult to keep their family-like group together, with pressure from local law enforcement, interest from entertainment agents and a growing sense of delusional from their leader.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gary Lahti ...
Alan
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Morgan
Amy Ingersoll ...
Linet
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Julie
Christine Forrest ...
Angie
Warner Shook ...
Pippin
Brother Blue ...
Cynthia Adler ...
Rocky
John Amplas ...
Whiteface
Don Berry ...
Bagman
Amanda Davies ...
Sheila
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Bontempi
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Little John
Ken Hixon ...
Steve
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Storyline

A travelling troupe of jousters and performers are slowly cracking under the pressure of hick cops, financial troubles and their failure to live up to their own ideals. The group's leader, King Billy, is increasingly unable to maintain his warrior's rule while the Black Knight is being tempted away to LA and stardom, as they all have to ask why they were here in the first place. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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The Games...The Romance...The Spirit...Camelot is a state of mind.

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Action | Drama

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10 April 1981 (USA)  »

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George A. Romero's Knightriders  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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| (video release) | (TV) (1988)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

George A. Romero married Christine Forrest on the last day of shooting, which led to some amusing continuity issues with the 2nd unit biker shots taken on that day. See more »

Goofs

The fog in the final joust changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Bagman: You see, the way I see it is this: You got two separate fights. The one for truth and justice and the American way of life and all that. That's gotta take a backseat to the one for staying alive. You gotta stay alive! Man, you can have the most beautiful ideals in the whole world, but if you die, your ideals are gonna die with you! The important thing is we gotta stay together, we gotta keep the troupe together. And if keeping the troupe going means that we have to take some of this promoter's ...
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Referenced in Two Masters' Eyes (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

I'd Rather Be A Wanderer
Music, Lyrics and Sung by Donald Rubinstein
© 1981 United Film Distribution Co. - United Artists Corporation/Donald Rubinstein
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What a great movie!
17 June 1999 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Popular artists tend to be snidely dismissed from serious consideration, particularly if they consider serious issues within what is meant to be popular work. George Romero does this routinely. So, yes, the Living Dead films are popular horror movies, just out for a scare---but they also are an interesting portrait of the cracks in our social life. In "Knightriders," underneath the trappings of an adventure movie with lots of action (I'm still wondering how some of their stunt-riders survived) is a serious film about people trying to find an alternative to modern life. It is his finest film, I think, and sticks with you. I didn't always think so highly of the film--I liked it, but didn't consider it anything special, when I first saw it. Over the years since it's release, I've found it remains in my thoughts, and, having seen it several times since, I've noticed more in it every time. Beyond that, it is exciting, well-made, and Ed Harris is superb, though everyone has come to expect that of him.


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