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Knightriders (1981)

R  |   |  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 delusion from their leader.


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


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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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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 »


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


Billy: [touching the butterfly on Merlin's head] Oh, my master... I love you. Goodbye.
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Referenced in The World's End: The Making of 'Day of the Dead' (2013) See more »


Signifying Monkey
Music & Lyrics by Oscar Brown Jr.
© 1981 United Film Distribution Co. - United Artists Corporation/Donald Rubinstein
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Highly recommended independent film.
16 February 2000 | by (Santa Monica, California) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it first came out as a kid and just recently found an out-of-print video on it. The movie still holds up. The acting is quite good, especially Ed Harris, who stands out as the "King Arthur" leader, Billy. Tom Savinni did a good job during the scenes where he "sold out" his image. You could see the transition in his face, sans dialogue. Yes, it does need to be shortened by about twenty minutes, but overall its an enjoyable film with many underlying lessons to learn from. Two outstanding, bittersweet scenes are the "Lancelot" character having to return the woman that loves him back to her home and the transition at the end where Ed Harris gives a young boy, who hero worships him, his sword. The stunts are fantastic as well. Sit back with some popcorn and enjoy! Look for the cameo by Stephen King as the "Loudmouth Spectator."

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