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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Brother Blue ...
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John Amplas ...
Don Berry ...
Amanda Davies ...
Little John
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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 <>

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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nick Tallo:  (who played Jack, The Biker with Seltzer Bottle in Dawn of the Dead (1978)) Appears as a Bearded Customer in a Red Shirt in Big Dollar Offer Cafe scene. See more »


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


Merlin: If I didn't believe in magic, I'd still be treating gall bladders, prostates and stuff like that. See, magic ain't got nothing to do with organs and glands and busted necks. Magic got to do with the soul, man. Only the soul's got destiny. It got wings. It's can fly. That's magic. The body? The body's just got a few minutes down here in the dirt with the rest of us.
Billy: You see things before they happen.
Merlin: That's probability. Some things is just sure to happen. Seeing em comin' ain't nothing to get ...
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References The Day of the Dolphin (1973) See more »


Signifying Monkey
Music & Lyrics by Oscar Brown Jr.
© 1981 United Film Distribution Co. - United Artists Corporation/Donald Rubinstein
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It has soul.
5 November 2006 | by (San Diego, United States) – See all my reviews

This movie pretty much rocks. The only problem with it is the extras. They remind me of the Toxic Avenger movie - very low class - but the main characters are awesome. Ed Harris totally has the Right Stuff and the mystical qualities of this movie are indescribable. Much like life itself, it strives for the moon and ends up with romantic nonsense and utter disarray. It is perfect.

It is a movie about a group of renaissance festival-type motorcycle jousters who confront the possibility of commercial success - at the expense of the altruistic round-table idealism that the group was founded on. The King Arthur of the group (Ed Harris) attempts to maintain his Puritanical hold on the group. His arch-rival (Sir Gallahad?) is the major antagonist and is a poster-child for commercialism. The end result is a cataclysm of Puritinism versus Commercialism that results in the most nihilistic nirvana that the human mind can imagine. For a romantic, it is pure gold - if you can get past the gimmicks.

I actually saw this movie on cable as a boy, and I loved it. Then I bought it on DVD as a grown up and still loved it, but I also noticed the low production-quality blemishes. The director's narrative kind of makes up for it though, because you get to understand how this movie got its magical aura.

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